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Album Review

By 2013, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's discography was well down the path of diminishing returns with infighting, botched reunions, and members going to jail all contributing to their fall from grace, but every effort featured a track or two or more that had the faithful holding onto their hope. The messy but surprisingly inspired Art of War: WWIII takes the discussion in a new direction, as in what would a smaller, possibly Bizzy-led Bone sound like. Pre-release press had member Krayzie Bone declaring that he and Wish Bone weren't even on the album, and while he and Wish get some credits on some old tracks that are now refurbished (the old-school highlight "Approach 2 Danger" plus "It Will Be Alright" and "In Memory of Eazy"), this greyish market album doesn't even mention the usual Bone names, preferring to list the membership under their old nicknames like Straight Jacket and 5th Dog. Still, when "Murda on U" comes on hard with a sweet hook, reggae music, and Bizzy's old-school, killer callousness ("Blow your brain out, and in the same breath, say 'I love you man'") or "Bitch Iz a Bitch" finds the trio version of Bone partying over a N.W.A sample, the album comes alive and feels purposeful. The rest of the thrills come from steps outside the usual Bone comfort zone as "100-K" offers a hooky, entertaining, and intentionally overly Auto-Tuned stab at hick-hop, then Bizzy delivers a dubstep power ballad with "Deep End" and crams some 7th Sign symbolism in as if the bass drops were injecting him with psychedelics. The blinged-out, sweet '60s soul of "Bring It Back" sounds like nothing else in the Bone Thugs songbook, but a too-fat track list muddles up the excitement and the question remains if three-fifths of the group is enough for any fickle fan's return. Maybe not, but compared to all the other weird and/or wrong releases in the extended Bone discography, this is the most rewarding and far and away the most interesting.

Customer Reviews

Who cares

Hate to say this but there are only a few songs on this album that reminds me of the old Bone with the flow they once had along with the great touch of harmony that was the icing on the cake for them. They are still capable of some of the greatest rap of all time if they can put their personal crap aside and make music. I have been a Bone fan since the beginning but I also feel the earlier stuff is untouchable and this stuff is like everything else out there.

Good Album

This was a good album considering it's not an official all 5 member effort it's mainy a Bizzy, Layzie, and Flesh album even with that it's still good a few of the negative reviews saying they are not the same no more of course, they are in their 30's now they can't still be making albums with every song talking about murdering you or selling drugs they don't live that life no more they are older and showing it in their music granted not every song on here is tight but a good 80 to 90% of the songs are sick so overall good album they can still put out good music and once they get together and put out a all 5 member album with them straight up focus and no turmoil in the air everybody getting along the album is going to be fire.

You guys are not true bone fans

I understand that music is personal preference, and what might sound good to you may not sound good to me. So if you like this album then i guess it is what it is but when guys write stuff like, wow the bone boys are back or this album reminds me of e.1999 eternal and give them 5 stars, that BS!!! How dare you even try to compare this garbage to a classic like e.1999'eternal. Lets start being honest, Bone is not what they use to be and good chance they never will.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Graced with a quick and sometimes sung delivery, along with a unique sense of melody, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony burst out of Cleveland, Ohio in the mid-'90s with a pair of massive hits ("Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and "Tha Crossroads") along with a great first album, as well as a successful follow-up, and then quickly unraveled. Mainstream interest dropped off toward the tail end of the '90s, but the...
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