Based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was one of the most successful 90s rap outfits to break into the mainstream. Formed in the early 90s by Layzie Bone , Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, and Flesh-N-Bone, they were signed and nurtured by the founder of Ruthless Records, the late Eazy-E.
The group’s initial impact was astounding, even within a musical genre associated with a fast turnover of star acts. Their 1994 EP Creepin On Ah Come Up, featuring ‘Foe Tha Love Of $’, spent over 70 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, and sold well over four million units. The following year’s E. 1999 Eternal went to number 1, selling over 330, 000 copies in its first week of release and subsequently becoming one of the bestselling rap albums of all time. The quintet’s popularity could be attributed to their appealing blend of vocal harmonies and tough street raps, as featured on the hugely successful singles ‘1st Of Tha Month’ and ‘Tha Crossroads’. Much of Stevie Wonder’s smooth R&B harmony style was brilliantly mixed with DJ U-Neek’s hardcore beats, and even if their gangsta rapping became tiresome, the strength of tracks such as ‘Budsmokers Only’ and ‘East 1999’ managed to put it into the background.