Throwback Tuesday : Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s ‘Tha Crossroads’

And whatcha gonna do

when there ain’t nowhere to hide

When judgement comes for you..

 

Give it up for Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krazie Bone and Wish Bone, a.k.a Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, a.k.a one of the greatest Hip-Hop/Rap groups to EVER exist, as they grace our Throwback Tuesday post of the week!

Let’s just head back to my fave decade in music now, shall we? The year was 1995, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were already a Hip-Hop force to be reckoned with, after the runaway success of their RIAA quadruple platinum certified 1994 début EP ‘Creepin On Ah Come Up‘, a genre-bending effort that crossed over to mainstream radio after making it big on the Billboard Rap and R’n’B Charts (# 2 on the Hot R’n’B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart). But it was their 1995 sophomore album ‘E. 1999 Eternal‘ that catapulted the group to stellar heights globally. Considering that Hip-Hop/Rap was largely misunderstood as a violent genre back in the day, ‘E. 1999 Eternal‘ was truly ground-breaking. Untold stories of love, loss, hate, fear – with violence and spirituality as the album’s theme – the group diversified their sound and arguably created one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time.

Few songs or videos can send chills down my spine with the same intensity as ‘Tha Crossroads‘. Everything about the song, the sad undertone, the dark and sombre synth melodies, the sample of The Isley Brother’s ‘Make Me Say It Again Girl (Pts.1 & 2)‘ – damn! And omg the video! The reaper collecting souls and leading them to heaven – MAJOR CHILLS Y’ALL. Dedicated to the late Rap Icon Eazy-E, the song went on to become the group’s biggest hit, and their only Billboard Hot 100 # 1 single, eventually being certified double platinum in the US for sales of over 2 million copies. And of course the group won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group at the 1997 Grammy Awards. ‘E. 1999 Eternal‘ went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide and topped the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for 2 consecutive weeks. It’s music like this that makes me worship the 90’s –  music devoid of any sign of the auto-tune fuckery that’s slaughtering everything with a sound these days. Check out ‘Tha Crossroads‘ right here :