In a recent interview, hip-hop legend Layzie Bone, a founding member of the iconic group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, sets the record straight regarding a claim made by Fat Joe. Fat Joe alleged that the group turned down an opportunity to collaborate with The Notorious B.I.G. due to their allegiance to 2Pac during the infamous East Coast-West Coast feud of the '90s.
In this article, we delve into the truth behind this claim, exploring the decision-making process of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and its impact on the rap music scene at that time.
Setting the record straight
Layzie Bone categorically refutes Fat Joe's claim, emphasizing that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's decision was not based on any personal allegiance or animosity towards Biggie or 2Pac. Instead, the group's decision was driven by a myriad of factors that were prevalent during that tumultuous era. Layzie Bone reveals exclusive insights into the discussions that took place within the group, shedding light on the motivations that led to their choice.
"Fat Joe? He had a relationship with all of us, individually. That never happened on my watch, you know what I’m saying? No disrespect to Joe. I love Joe. When we first got into the game, Bone Thugs and Terror Squad and Big Pun ran so tight."
Exploring the decision-making process
During the interview, Layzie Bone opens up about the intense rivalry between the East Coast and West Coast rap scenes during the '90s. He explains how this rivalry, fueled by the Biggie and 2Pac feud, created a tense atmosphere within the industry. Layzie Bone reveals that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's decision to decline collaboration opportunities with Biggie was driven by their desire to maintain neutrality and avoid being caught in the crossfire of the escalating tensions.
"Fun fact I got a call from BIG and he said Joe I need your boys BONE on a song. I said say no more BONE N BIGGIE BONE N BIGGIE. I love you BIG we will never forget you 25 years later we will never forget THE KING OF NY"
The impact on rap music
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's decision had a profound impact on the rap music landscape of the '90s. Layzie Bone explains how their neutrality allowed them to collaborate with artists from both the East Coast and West Coast, bridging the divide and creating a unique sound that resonated with fans from all over. Their hit tracks like "Tha Crossroads" and "1st of tha Month" became anthems of unity during a time of division.
Watch full interview
Layzie Bone's interview sheds light on the truth behind Fat Joe's claim about Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rejecting Biggie over the 2Pac beef. It becomes evident that the group's decision was not based on personal animosity but rather on their desire to maintain peace and neutrality.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's contributions to rap music during the '90s were far-reaching, solidifying their status as pioneers of a unique sound that transcended regional boundaries. As we reflect on this chapter of hip-hop history, we appreciate the impact that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony had in shaping the landscape of rap music.