Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on Final Album: "End of an Era, but the Beginning of a New One"
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Twenty years ago, Eazy E insisted that Bone Thugs-n-Harmony use the power of the supernatural to draw in listeners. As of today, they've sold over 40 million records around the world.
And now Flesh-n-Bone (AKA Stanley Howse) and Bizzy Bone (AKA Bryon McCane) are coming to Grand Central for their first-ever duo show, alongside five out of six of Three Six Mafia's original lineup and 2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis.
Here's what Flesh and Biz had to say about LeBron, the Beatles, and auctioning off their next (and final) album, E. 1999 Legends, to the highest bidder.
Crossfade: Wasup, fellas? How do you feel about comin' back to Miami to headline again?
Flesh-N-Bone: It's a beautiful thing. We love Miami.
Bizzy Bone: I agree. Everybody's had the opportunity in the mega-group to go out as two, go out as four, go out as one. But Flesh and I have never had the opportunity to just stand in front of the crowd and rock the house like we're going to. When we get on stage, it's monumental. It's one of the first times that it's just Flesh and I alone. It's gonna be good to watch.
The most recent album is Art of War: World War III, are you going to be performing that?
Flesh: We masterminded that, and will most certainly be rockin' several joints off of there, as well as material from Resurrection, E. 1999, and solo material. It's a pot of gumbo when it comes to Bone Thugs material. And the energy is crazy as hell.
Bizzy: We're gonna give the crowd what they want. We have too much to choose from, and if all we did was favorites, we'd have a five-hour show. But we're definitely gonna do it for Eazy E and Big B, rest in peace. We're definitely gonna do that "Change the World." We are the energy and the dynamic that brings that oomph to the people.
You're auctioning off the next Bone Thugs album starting with a million-dollar bid, right?
Flesh: Yes. As we move forward with the momentum of the whole situation, we're getting off to the races at $1 million
Bizzy: We have to make sure that no one is just talking out the side of their neck. But people are enthusiastic, from basketball players to people in all the cities we run to with the crew. Layzie is putting his stamp on different cities. Krayzie and Wish are out in Switzerland and Canada. It's the end of an era, but the beginning of a new one.
What does the winning bidder get?
Bizzy: That's the excitement of it. We're gonna work together with them. It's not as if we're throwing a plate of dog food on the table. No, we work in conjunction with this individual, company, whoever, to get it to the people because that's the fun of it.
Flesh: They're going to see all aspects of it, from performance to merch, etc. There's a lot of ancillary revenue coming, so that's why it's interesting. It's gonna drive the numbers of the bids. It may get out of hand.
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