The long, intricate story of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is older than more of the attendants at the 90s Fest. Amidst the throwback cartoons, candy, and fashion of my childhood, one of the legends of hip-hop came to grace the stage. While only three of the original member collective were at 90s fest, I was able to snag a few gems and talk about what they are doing now before their final drops.
I.S. Jones: The current climate of hip-hop has changed since you all started. You all came up in an era in which you had to form a bond with a producer in order to create an album. I am curious to hear, in your opinion what has changed for better or worse. Do you think that rappers should go back to fostering relationships with DJ and producers more instead of just buying tracks off producers and making an album…?
Flesh-n-Bone: I think that’s an essential part of the whole hip-hop nucleus, it evolved from the DJ, but I think that hip-hop will always evolve and adapt with the time. Hip-hop was always meant to move with the people who create it. No matter what, however, the DJ / rapper relationship will always be critical to a successful career, in my opinion. I am grateful though to see the vast influence Bone Thugs has had over the generations which have come after us. Whether it is rap, R&B, or any related genre, Bone Thugs has a nice little anchor in the game.
Wish Bone: It was a great loss to everyone in hip-hop period because he was an icon, a trendsetter, and a thug like us. Losing him was like losing a brother.
Krazie Bone: It really lit a fire under us and it made us reevaluate what we were doing out here. Not to say [Tupac] got caught up in anything because they were handling their business like men, it’s just that we have to be careful out here.
Jones: In your sophomore album, on the hook of “E 1999”, during the hook all of you say: “Cleveland is the city where we come from so run, run”. You all have a lot of pride of Cleveland so how does your love and pride for the city influence the way you have approached your work? How have you seen your work affect your city?
Krazie Bone: Well, when we working with [Eazy-E], the first thing he asked us is: “What are y’all trying to represent?”. We said “Where we come from.”. He said “Y’all should do the same thing [NWA] did when we came out with Straight Outta Compton. We drilled it into people’s minds”. You saw when the movie came out, everyone was saying “Straight Outta Compton” “Straight Outta New York” “Straight Outta Cleveland”. That is what we have established, so when we come out with our movie, which is currently in production by the way, what we will say is “Cleveland is the city…New York is the city…Boston is the city” wherever you’re from you’re gonna be able to relate to it. Easy-E told us it is important to represent where you’re from.
Jones: We have a lot of emerging rappers that are coming out, so in your opinion who do you think are the rappers that are paving the way for hip-hop to keep thriving?
Flesh-n-Bone: That’s difficult to say because you have rappers such as Drake, I really love what he’s doing, and while I cannot think of other artists at the moment, you have to leave that up to the artist that are getting it in. Longevity will only come to those who grind and continuously put the work in.
Drake Releases Most Important Project of His Career
Today Drake released the visual for his song, “God’s Plan”. In this video, it showcases Drake giving back to communities, schools & even families in more ways than one. Whether it was signing checks for scholarships, paying for grocery bills or just handing stacks of cash to families, the 6 God decided to use the million dollar budget given for the video to instead, give it all away.
It’s empowering to see celebrities use their platforms for good and to give back to those in need.
Drake, in case no one has told you yet – you’re doing amazing sweetie.
LaRoyce Hawkins #BEPOWERFUL Movement + LET’S GRO Series
An initiative that originally started with powerful letters his grandfather used to send him while he was a college student. Each letter his grandfather wrote, the message of being a resilient leader was the main takeaway. Years later, these letters were used as an inspiration to start the #BEPOWERFUL movement.
When Hawkin’s isn’t on set filming for his hit show, Chicago PD or on tour for his popular Let’s Gro series, he is going out into the communities in order to pay it forward.
“I’m just here to be a vessel, I’m here to be an instrument”
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Darius Coleman Talks Sundown, Importance of Family + Rules to Success
Darius Coleman is a man who loves music, loves fashion and most importantly, loves his family.
“The biggest inspiration for why I do what I do, is because of my family”
He’s always had a deep sense of admiration for his family and admired their strong work ethic he witnessed growing up. The sense of gratitude he has towards each of them is a driving force as to why he’s so passionate about succeeding in his career. It’s his way of giving back and providing for them.
Darius just recently released his first single, “Sundown” which was written during a life-changing trip to LA. Soon after the release of Sundown, with little to no budget, he filmed his very first music video for the single. Even though he was pretty much just working with a dollar and a dream, he promises that the visuals will be like none other you’ve ever seen before.
A committed individual he is and because of his relentlessness paired with his burning desire to succeed, it is without a doubt that he will become extremely successful in his career – while also remaining well grounded. This is all just the beginning for Darius Coleman, and we here at Delilah & Company are proud to support and witness him take over the ears and hearts of everyone.
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