Layzie Bone: Bone Thuggin' fo Life
Story and Interview By Matthew Shack
“Wake up, wake up, wake up, it’s the 1st of the month. To get up, get up, get up so cash your checks and get up.”
Layzie Bone [née Steven Howse], is a founding member of the Grammy award winning group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and discovered by iconic rapper, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright
Consisting of rappers Layzie, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone and Wish Bone, the Cleveland, Ohio based group was originally called B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e.
Eazy was introduced to them at a concert he promoted in Cleveland where they auditioned for him in his dressing room. They signed with his Ruthless Records label in 1993.
Wright then renamed them, Thugs-n-Harmony, but they wanted to keep the ‘bone name’ so they were officially christened, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
Bone Thugs debuted with EP Creepin on ah Come Up which included the hit single Thuggish Ruggish Bone in 1994.
In 1995, the group released its sophomore album,E. 1999 Eternal, which included hits 1st of tha Month and "East 1999.” A tribute to the recent death of Eazy-E, Tha Crossroads, won a Grammy award in 1997. The Art of War, the group's third album, was also released in 1997.
Historically, Bone Thugs is also the only group that has recorded with legendary deceased artists, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Eazy-E & Big Pun while they were all still alive.
The Flow Online Co-Founder Matthew Shack talks to Layzie Bone on reuniting with Bone Thugs and his memories of his beloved mentor, Eazy-E at KDAY's Krush Groove 2013.
TFO: You’re known to be the guy who has the idea of stepping out there on your own to express yourself lyrically and having the freedom to do so. Give us an idea how it feel to be back performing with Bone.
Layzie: We started with Bone, you know what I mean? Like, Bone is a child of ours. So just to be back with Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony is probably like the best vindicating feeling you can have. It’s like going after a lot of championships. We’re going back for another ring. It’s definitely vindicating and I love my brothers.
TFO: Give us and Eazy-E story that people might not know about. Something that may have happened in the studio or some way he might have motivated you.
Layzie: E. took care of us while he was here and even after his death. A quick story, its 4/20 so I’m going to tell you a 4/20 story. He kept the weed laced around the brim of his hat and he kept a stack of hundreds in his sock. So at the end of the night, [We said] “E… hit the hat... hit the sock. We’ll see you tomorrow, bruh.” So, that hat and that sock use to put us on. We we’re spoiled, man.