KillerHipHop Exclusive: Layzie Bone Interview
Wake up, wake up, wake up, it’s the 1st of the month. KillerHipHop recently had the honor of interviewing Layzie Bone of the legendary Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Together we discussed The Law Of Attraction, Machine Gun Kelly, Eazy-E, his new book, the status of Bone Thugs, their lawsuit, and their new album containing unreleased music. Don’t be layzie, hit the jump and read our entire interview with Layzie. Happy 1st of tha month!
QuezKHH: Let’s start off by talking about this new mixtape you have coming out with Dj Smallz titled The Law Of Attraction. What can you tell me about that?
Layzie Bone: Right now I’m working on it. It’s called The Law Of Attraction. Meaning [that] basically what I put my mind to is the things that I usually conquer, and succeed without earth. But the mixtape is awesome. I got good features, I got Paul Wall. I’m trying to get French Montana on that song. It’s a nice mixtape, [and] I really don’t even know why I’m calling it a mixtape. It’s really a full album. So it’s basically a gift to all my fans that did so much for me over the years with supporting our music. They call it a mixtape but I don’t really see it like that. It’s a well put together album that goes beyond a mixtape that I’m giving away.
KHH: Since you’re both from Cleveland, could we see a collaboration between you and Machine Gun Kelly?
Layzie Bone: Definitely. I got Machine Gun Kelly on [Law Of Attraction], I’m also on his records. Also I got a song with Bow Wow, and Machine Gun Kelly on Bow Wow’s new record. I’ve been doing a lot of collabs with Machine Gun Kelly.
KHH: Is that song you did with Bow Wow going to be on Underrated? Do you know if it’s going to make the cut?
Layzie Bone: It did make it. It’s a shout out to Ohio. It’s really an Ohio anthem [and] it’s definitely going to be on his record.
KHH: Now let’s go back in time to when Bone Thugs first signed with Ruthless Records. Was there ever any pressure from Eazy-E to be as successful as N.W.A.?
Layzie Bone: No, no no. When we signed with Eazy-E back in 1993 there was no pressure at all. Eazy was like the type of mentor, type of CEO of the company that just allowed you to be creative. So it was all love. We came in doing music so fast, it was 6-8 weeks after we meet Eazy-E that our project was done, Creepin on ah Come Up, and he was ready to release it. So there was never no pressure at all. We came in knockin’ ‘em out like champs.
KHH: What kind of musical input did Eazy have on your music?
Layzie Bone: Besides building the team around us, and as far as our songs and everything he really had no type of influence. “Foe The Love of Money” he picked that song. He put us with the producers, DJ U-Neek, Tony C, Rhythm D, his whole squad. He built a team around us, that could supply us with what we needed.
KHH: You had a countless number of hits, did you ever know when you had a hit? Or was it a wait and see kind of thing?
Layzie Bone: Yea it was always a wait and see kind of thing. From out the gate we put out “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and nobody really knew if that was a hit. They thought we should’ve put out the Eazy-E “Foe The Love Of Money” song first. But we wanted to stand on our own, and wanted to shoot our video in Cleveland. So we never really knew what it was going to be. It just so happened that song started blowing up.
Layzie Bone: I’m putting out a record right now, that will be available on HarmonyHowseEnt.com which is my entertainment company’s website. I’m putting out a record called The Lost Archives. These lost archives consist of old Bone songs [and] old Layzie Bone songs that never made records that I was doing. So it’ll be surprising to a lot of people the material that I’m going to release on Lost Archives. I’m actually getting ready to start getting that packaged up now, so hopefully by [the] beginning of December I’m going to have that ready for sale on HarmonyHowseEnt.com
KHH: What is the current state of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony right now, and what are the chances we might get another album?
Layzie Bone: Right now we’re all individually building our own aspirations, our own ambitions. I got my Harmony Howse Entertainment, Flesh-n-Bone has Flesh-n-Bone Global, Krayzie and Wish partnered up with The Life Entertainment. We’re touring together, here and there doing spot dates, and basically building our own things right now. But in the future you can definitely expect to see another Bone Thugs-n-Harmony project somewhere down the line. That’s one thing we will always get back to, the beginning of our essence, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
KHH: Krayzie and Wish are supposed to be the in the U.K. next month, do you have any plans to go out to the U.K. and maybe join Krayzie and Wish on a tour of Europe?
Layzie Bone: I did get a call about France. Lyon, France. I got a call about that so it’s a possibility that I may join them in Lyon for a show. That’s possible but not really etched in stone.
KHH: I want to see if you can tell me anything about this Chicago man that is suing Bizzy and the group for extreme emotional embarrassment & trauma. He alleges that you guys beat him up outside your tour bus on June 10 at the Congress Theater in Chicago. The Huffington Post reported that the man suffered a fractured nose and broken glasses, and he’s seeking $1.2 million in damages.
Layzie Bone: Basically what I can tell you about that situation is that personally I don’t have anything to do with that situation. But I guess once people sue Bone Thugs-n-Harmony they go after the whole group. Even if it’s an individual situation. I don’t have any details on what may have occurred or anything like that. But one thing about it is that Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will stand united against these situations. Because for somebody to sue for $1.2 million is a ridiculous amount of money. We stand united and we will see it all the way through. In the end everybody will see that Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is not liable for what we are being held accountable for. We stand united is my statement on that. And details, I don’t have anything, as I don’t know.
KHH: What’s on rotation on your MP3 player at the moment?
Layzie Bone: You know I stay with the old school. But you know I got that Wiz Khalifa, and everything that’s bumpin’ right now. That new Jay-Z and Kanye. My MP3 stay loaded. I stay doing new music too, so I rarely have time to go into what everyone else is doing.
KHH: It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything from Mo Thugs as a collaborative, what is the state of Mo Thugs, and what are the chances we’ll see a Mo Thugs collaborative album?
Layzie Bone: Definitely. I got a Mo Thug 5 disc compilation coming. That’ll be done hopefully 1st quarter of 2012. So we got the Mo Thug collaboration going with original members Felecia, Ken Dawg, Emmortal Thugs. So that’s definitely in my plans. I’m definitely working hard on that record as well as The Law Of Attraction and as well as the double disc The Definition & The Meaning. So what I’m doing with The Definition & The Meaning, I originally went through RBC to get that material out there but we pulled it after 5,000 copies were sold. I’m definitely going to make that one that was released earlier like a Layzie Bone classics that you can only get through HarmonyHoweseEnt. I’m going to re-package it with 10 new songs, and 10 new features on there, and I’m going to re-distribute that.
KHH: Do you have anything else you would like to tell the people of KillerHipHop?
Layzie Bone: Yea we got Felecia’s new single on iTunes called, “It’s None Of Your Business” that’s Felecia’s new single featuring Red. I got Big Sloan’s mixtape dropping. Thin C’s mixtape dropping. Also be looking out for my book of poetry called Invisible Ink. I got a lot of stuff slated for a release in 2012 at the beginning of the year. I’ve always written poetry, but now I got people behind my poetry that believe that it should be heard, and it should be available to my fans. So I’m going to go ahead and release that. It’s called Invisible Ink. The Howse Boys record, that’s me, Flesh, and our little brother Stu, so that’s The Howse Boys project.
Stay posted to HarmonyHowseEnt.com for all of the latest Layzie Bone projects. Follow him on twitter @LayzieBTNH and be on the lookout for The Law Of Attractions dropping on 11.15.11. Also, be on the lookout for Bone Thugs-n-Harmony The Lost Archives expected to drop in December.