Interview with Wish Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
For the first time in Southeast Texas, Grammy Award-winning rappers Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will perform an all ages show at the Dixie Dance Hall in downtown Beaumont on Crockett Street on Sunday, Feb. 16 with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26 (plus service charges) and can be purchased at the venue, area Florida Tans and online at frontgatetickets.com.
From Cleveland, Ohio, BTNH were signed by the late Eazy E in 1993 on Ruthless Records and released the national smash album, E. 1999 Eternal, which went on to sell more than 10 million copies and produce the mega-radio hits “Tha Crossroads” and “1st of Tha Month.” Next came The Art of War in 1997 that also went four-time platinum and contained the radio giant “Look Into My Eyes.” Other popular songs include “Thuggish Ruggish Bone,” “Foe that Love of $” and “If I Could Teach the World.”
Before the music, how did the group get their name, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony?
“We were first called Bone Enterprise,” said member Wish Bone. “Then we changed it to just Bone and had a song called ‘Thugs-n-Harmony’ and (Eazy) E thought we should put it together and change it to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. So we did.”
The late Eazy E, from Compton, Calif., had a big investment in Ruthless Records that signed the artists Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who then went own to form the rap group N.W.A. with Eazy and had big influences on most in the industry.
“I was a big Geto Boys fan,” added Wish Bone. “I also loved Just-Ice and of course, N.W.A. and getting to work with E was the best life experience we had. Not only what he contributed with us, but what he contributed to rap music itself.”
The passing of Eazy E in 1995 affected everyone, especially Bone Thugs. “It happened in the beginning of our careers,” said Wish Bone. “We didn’t know if we were going to be able to continue on or not. We thought our career would be at a standstill.”
But the group put emotions aside and release E. 1999 Eternal some four months after E’s death and the record would become the first of three No. 1 albums on the Billboard chart for BTNH. “With that album, we opened up a new lane in the rap game,” said Wish Bone. “It was a new sound giving hip hop music something refreshing. The world was ready for some new music. These songs were original and that’s why they are still being played today.”
Fans can also purchase a special VIP ticket for the show for $76, which gets you a meet-and-greet with the iconic group.
The Dixie Dance Hall is at 234 Crockett St. For more information, call (409) 833-1700.