Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Keep Their Legend Status, But Barely

Hard Rock Live, June 13

Photo by Linda Evans

Photo by Linda Evans

It was just a week shy of the 20-year anniversary of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s debut EP Creepin on ah Come Up, and Bizzy, Krayzie, Wish and Flesh Bone (Layzie was scheduled to perform but was in an auto accident) performed to a wildly diverse crowd. Middle-aged white women tried to keep pace with Krayzie Bone’s speed rap on “1st of tha Month,” while African-American teens knew all the words to Bizzy’s verse on the 1997 collaboration with the late Notorious B.I.G. on “Notorious Thugs.” Sure, the harmony part of Bone wasn’t necessarily there, nobody cared much for their new music and a couple of members didn’t seem all that interested in entertaining the crowd. But Bizz’s ridiculous energy made up for many deficits. This was a legacy show, so all was forgiven. Who else can boast collaborations with the late Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. and Eazy E? And once the foursome concluded their 90-minute set with the inescapable “Tha Crossroads,” it was clear that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony aren’t rappers, they are living legends. ★★✩✩✩

Photos by Linda Evans