Cleveland, Ohio stand up! I'm not even from their but BONE made it feel like we all grew up on St.Claire back in day. 5 guys, all with different melodic styles caught my attention back in the early 90s with this rapid fire,harmonizing music style which many say put the Midwest on the map.Not to mention the skulls, and the long hair that many guys didn't dare to do but when bone did it, it seemed to come acceptable.Obviously, i grew up in the south and hip hop seemed to be growing with the likes of a young duo from the A.T.L called Outkast and of course from my home state of TX, those Port Arthur boys where making some noise, also shout-out to Lil Keke and the suave house family.
Now back to Bone, my first true experience of listening to bone as i recall was back in 94, i was with my Grandma at the mall and i walked to this record store and i saw the usual Dre chronic album cover, snoop had doggstyle and some odd reason i saw a uncle luke photo, but i heard this group on the loudspeaker with the crazy rap style and i heard this chick singing in reptition "It's the Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and of course Young Chris had to know who the heck it was. I remember going up to clerk and asking them who it was, and they chick had a smart remark, obviously seeing i'm some snotty nose 9 year old and said " you too young for that" but thanks to the OG in the backroom he came out said man that's that crew Bone thugs. So i ran over to the hip hop section and my grandma seemed lost as heck but thank god they had some Soul music on next shelf, and i saw the "creepin on ah come up" Tape version for 6.99, man i was excited even i didn't realize it was clean. My grandma didn't hesitate and she bought the young pup the tape and yes folks that was my first true SELF owned album i had to myself.
So back to the case at hand, I will admit my bone thugs fanboy-ism is and will remain at a all time high, sometimes causing riffs, good debates which include what im writing about now, "raps greatest group all time". Now no disrepect to other groups who I bought just about every album they have dropped such as ATCQ and Outkast, even for the cats who have their claims in for groups like N.W.A and Run DMC and to my boys out their who run with the most lyrically gifted group Wu tang, I still think Bone makes a valid argument to claim the crown. Some say Bone was put on the map because of the song "crossroads" but if you keep up with their history you know Bone dropped Foe the Love $ featuring the godfather and founder of the crew the late Eazy-E (rip) and of course the song i eluded to earlier.
True enough I cant make a valid argument or case without using the generic and often used Record sales logic, well ive done my research and according to wiki and several other known music sites, Bone thugs first 3 major albums (Creepin on ah come up, E.Eternal 99, and The Art of War) all went multi-platinum. The group also dropped a couple of collection greatest hits CDs which went platinum as well. During this time, the group also received a grammy, also a couple of music awards. Of course the group took a small hiatus after the art of war was dropped and wanted to take a dive in solo success which Krayzie Bone (thug mentality) and Bizzy Bone (Heavenz movie) both shared success in dropping Platinum solo albums for debuts. Not to mention Layzie Bone carried the mo thugs family with several bangers like ghetto cowboy, and the song we use for our some from time to time "thug devotion". Of course the group didn't stop their, so in the year of 2000, the group made a huge return to the hip hop game with BTNHResurrection which went platinum in its first month, and later dropped T.W.O which according to several sites went platinum as well, and last but not least Strenghth n Loyalty which didnt have a platinum success went gold.
Thats alot of discography right their, but more importantly this group has one honor or bragging right that no other person can claim, being the artist who did songs with 2pac, Biggie, and Eazy-E before death. That's not a huge honor but it shows the magnitude on which Bone made in the hip hop industry. Now i know you all will say outkast has this which i cant disagree with you, they have a diamond status album, but Bone offered us something different style wise that cant be duplicated or cloned. Originality is what will always keep Bone recognizable throughout the generations of hip hop and they deserve to be noticed as pioneers of the industry for delivering a style we probably wont see again. Today you get guys like the A$AP mob, (a$ap rocky) who gives lots of kudos and does his usual tributes concert wise to bone, and the likes of kendrick lamar who have the rapid fire style in which bone pertrayed in their music, which as fan i love to hear. Now to end this rant i just gave you guys, no one is wrong about who is the greatest such in such in hip hop, we all have opinions and i gave you mines.. PEACE!