Layzie Bone Lands "Mothership," Talks Flesh-N-Bone

After less than a month in release, the Layzie Bone-produced "Mo Thugs III: The Mothership" record continues to dominate the "Billboard" Independent Albums chart -- a move that's keeping with Layzie's desire to bring his thug sound back to the streets.

"Mo Thugs III" is the latest record in a series of spin-offs from the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony family, following up 1997's "Mo Thugs: Family Scriptures" and 1998's "Mo Thugs Chapter II: Family Reunion."

The newest edition finds Layzie Bone collaborating with several up-and-coming artists, including the Desperidos, who hook up with Layzie on the first single, "Did He Really Wanna?" and whose Ken Dawg appeared on the "Family Reunion" LP.

MTV News recently caught up with Layzie and talked about the message behind the track, which he says was based on some true-life experiences.

"It's just basically letting people know that

everybody's

out there doing stupid things," Layzie said, "killing folks, robbing folks, doing things that really aren't prosperous for them. We're just really checking people, like, 'Did you think about that? Was it really worth it?' It's all kinds of situations people can get into, but did it get you some money? Was it worth your troubles and all that?"

"On the realist level of things, I ain't like no little 'G' or nothing in the game," he added. "I'm really of the O.G. status. I've been there and done that. I've surpassed all that and I've hit different levels. I've made business ventures, so I can tell [someone] and I can really put that on your mind: 'Was it worth it?'

"I've been in situations where I had court cases, had to do time, and to me, it wasn't worth it. So it's real-life, actual stuff, [and] we're kicking it with everybody. I can't see it being double-sided. [There's] two sides to everything. It's good, it's bad; it's God, it's devils. It can be opposite and negative."

In addition to working with the "Mo Thugs" project, his own solo album, and a Desperidos record, Layzie Bone is also preparing for some shows with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, although it looks like the group will be touring without Flesh-N-Bone, who faces an August 22 sentencing date on several weapons and assault charges (see "Flesh-N-Bone Convicted On Assault, Weapons Charges").

"Flesh, that's my brother, and he's facing some time right now,"

Layzie said. "Bottom line, we're just going to pray for the best and hope that he gets off as easy as he can, but right now he's facing some serious time. But you know, we're gonna appeal things and keep going forward." [RealAudio]

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are set to play the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California on July 23, as well as the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California on August 10.