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Nov 4, 2011 - by Meena

I caught up with Bone Thugs N Harmony… you know, the “Crossroads” guys.

It was a surprise to hear that this Grammy award-winning group, and my only black influence during my high school years, actually had a fan base in Vancouver.

The R&B/Rap group is currently touring across Canada. Right after their Calgary concert, the band landed in Vancouver, at Fortune Sound Club. I must admit, I am shocked that they didn’t book Rogers Arena; I mean, com on, Bone Thugs could have easily sold more tickets than Avril Lavigne’s last concert.

I had the opportunity of chatting with two of the band members. The first Bone member introduced himself as Krayzie Bone, “sorry, pardon me?” (in my British accent) At that point I think Krayzie realized just how crazy he sounded. He must have been thinking to himself, “I’m getting too old for this sh*t.”

As a trooper, he continued with his introductions, …“Krayzie, I’m Krayzie Bone and this is Wish Bone.” As I was idealizing their names I just had to ask, “would it be cool with you guys if I called myself Brown Bone?” And to my surprise I received two awkward smiles instead of high-fives and group hugs.

Bone Thugs last Grammy win and nominations had taken place over 15 years ago, and clearly there is no shame in riding the 90’s wave. I wish them all the best!

Bone Thugs I hope you enjoyed performing for your West Coast fans. I certainly had a pleasure chatting with you…it was a "crazy wish" come true.

Background:
Bone Thugs N Harmony. The band consisted of rappers Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone. Rapper Easy-E of the group N.W.A signed Bone Thurs-N-Harmony to Ruthless Records in 94, when Bone Thugs debuted with EP Creepin on ah Come Up. Then in 95, the group released its second album, E. 1999 Eternal, which included hits “1st of tha Month” and “Tha Crossroads.” A tribute to Easy-E “The Crossroads,” won a Grammy award in 97.