News for May 2001

Krayzie Bone Features Boss On 'Rollin' Up Some Mo'

(5/31/01, 10 a.m. ET) -- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Krayzie Bone features long lost female gangsta rapper Boss on "Rollin' Up Some Mo," from his sophomore album Thug On Da Line, which is scheduled to be released August 7. Boss debuted as the first female artist signed to Def Jam West with her release Born Gangstaz. The album featured the critically acclaimed hit "Deeper," which reached Number One on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart in 1993.

Krazyie Bone told LAUNCH that Boss's original producer Def Jef arranged for her to appear on the song, which borrows the melody from Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5.""Def Jef used to produce her back in the day," he said. "And he works as general manager at my company at Thug Line Records. He was just playing me like songs that she had done. And I was like, 'Who is that?' He was like, 'That's Boss.' I'm like, 'Boss from back in the day?' And then I remembered, like, 'Oh yeah! You did used to produce all of her stuff, didn't you?' I'm like, 'What she doing?' And he was like, 'Man, she's trying to get back in the game.' She was like real scared because of how she got done over at her last company. It's like I got her down here in the studio working. Hopefully, she'll be coming out on Thug Line Records."

Here's the track listing for Thug On Da Line: "Yall Don't Know Me," "Ride The Thugline," "Can't Hustle Forever," "Talk To Myself," "Thugga Level," "Da Thugs," "If They Only Knew," "Don't Give A F--k," "Time After Time," "Ride If Ya Like," "If U A Thug," "Hard Time Hustlin'," "Gemini," "Feels Good," "Rollin' Up Some Mo," "Everybody Wanna Be Thug," "Bloody Murder," "Kneight Riduz Wuz Here," "Ready For Combat," and "Thug On Da Line."


Krayzie Bone Happy Sade Cleared Sample

(5/9/01, 1 p.m. ET) -- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Krayzie Bone spent Sunday (May 6) and Monday (May 7) in Los Angeles taping the video for "Hard Time Hustlin'," the first release from his sophomore album Thug On Da Line. The song samples Sade's "Feel No Pain."

While on the set of the video shoot, Krayzie Bone told LAUNCH that he was surprised Sade cleared the sample. "I've done, like, other Sade songs, but I just like never put them on no album because I always heard that she wouldn't clear it. But when I [did] that one, I was like, 'Man. I got a feeling she might like it, 'cause it's kinda similar to what she's talking about.' It's like the whole mood of the song. I'm like, 'I'mma try this one, you know what I'm saying?' So when we tried it, she came right back, and I guess they listened to the song, and they cleared it with no problem," he said. "And I was like, 'Man, that's off the hook.' 'Cause I've always been a fan of Sade's music. Since back when I was little."

Krayzie added that the video's story line mirrors the song's content. "It shows me like as a young kid, then as a teenager, then as a grown person now, and it's basically like teaching a story man, something for everybody to watch," he said. "I know it might seem like it's glorious and I'm getting all the glory in the beginning, but in the end, I go to jail in the video. So that's a lesson learned right there."

Krayzie released his platinum solo debut, Thug Mentality, in 1999.


Texas Police Criticize L-Burna's Flow, With Handcuffs

Rapper cited for delivering profanity-laced rhyme in public.

Potty mouths beware you're not welcome in Galveston, Texas, as L-Burna, a.k.a. Layzie Bone, found out found recently.

While promoting his new record, Thug by Nature, there last weekend, the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member was handcuffed and almost arrested after a police officer heard the profanity-laced lyrics he was reciting for his entourage outside their hotel.

"He was just way sarcastic," Burna said. "I asked him, 'What are you arresting for?' He said for cussin'. I was like, 'I thought I had freedom of speech?' He was like, 'Not here in Galveston, not in my city.'"

In the state of Texas, cursing in public can be considered disorderly conduct and is a Class A misdemeanor. Its severity is comparable to a traffic ticket, and fines usually range from $200 to $300, according to the Galveston Police Department.

"It's anything that offends or causes a breach of the peace," explained Galveston Sgt. Brett Luck. "I wouldn't say a lot of people go to jail for it."

After being cuffed and detained for 10 minutes in the back of a patrol car, Burna was released with a $245 ticket. Still bewildered, the rapper said he didn't mean any harm he was just testing out new material. "I had just written a rhyme, and I was saying it to my fellas."

The verse that got him trouble included the lines: "Surprise ni---/ It's that little ni--- y'all ni---s ain't ready to f--- with/ Trust this, your muthafu----- wig will straight get busted/ Thug sh--/ We deeply embedded/ We livin' with these playas and hustlers."