Friday night’s show at the House of Blues was a real throwback, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Not only was Bone ground-breaking in their unique style, their music was a true reflection of the times. Emerging in the midst of the early 90s East Coast / West Coast battle between rappers, Bone stood apart. When I found out Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was on tour, I flashed back, remembering how their music was attached to so many memories.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony opened with Facts Don’t Lie. Each member came out onstage one-by-one when it was their verse. The audience gave a welcoming applause, and they continued with their new release Rebirth, then Days of Our Lives, First of Tha Month, No Surrender, and Frontline Warrior. However, Bizzy Bone never showed up and was never even mentioned, his verses were skipped, and he was never mentioned during the show.
Bone Thugs took time to show respect for their friends and fellow rappers that have passed on. They played Foe Tha Love Of $ for their mentor, Easy E, part of Biggie’s Hypnotize, then Crew of the Year, written by Tupac. Two of the Bones poured out a Corona on each side of the stage, “for the homies.” Later in the show, they also played tribute to Michael Jackson by singing Rock With You.
After their tribute, Bone paid homage to their favorite past-time, smoking weed. Only green stage lights were left on, DJ Ice set the intro for Sweet Jane, and the House of Blues enjoyed a smoke-out. Bone quickly brought the mood back up and wrapped up their set with some of my favorites; Thuggish Ruggish Bone, Crossroads, East 1999, I’m Gone, and Shots to the Double Glock, dousing the crowd with water as they sang the chorus, “Pop, pop, pop!”
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony thanked their fans and asked all the ladies to come onstage and dance. Within minutes, the stage was filled with ladies, dancing to a beat put on by the DJ. The stage slowly cleared, the house lights brightened, and the show ended slowly with an awkward fizzle.
Bone Thugs had proven true to their style, emanating a relaxed energy, and their harmonies filled the house. Although the show was not the best, we still had a great time. Their music still has as much of an effect on me as it did 15 years ago. I just want to ask Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “What’s going on? Where’s Bizzy?”