Krayzie Bone Settles Into Solo "Mentality"

Krayzie Bone's solo double album, "Thug Mentality 1999," is due out on April 6, and the rapper is already witnessing the title track take off on urban radio as the first single.

Earlier this year, Bone announced that he had expanded plans for the solo debut into a double album, and in a recent interview with the MTV Radio Network, Krayzie admitted that he had been recording songs ever since the release of the 1997 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony record, "The Art of War."

The rapper claims to have more than 200 songs in his vault, but says that the project only came together in the last few months, after he had combed through the archives and selected which tracks he wanted to flesh-out for the album.

"It only took me six months to really get down and dirty with the album and complete it," Krayzie explained, "but I was recording [material] for like a year, doing more solo songs. I had a lot of material, so I just went through, picking songs and putting them all together."

Guests

joining Krayzie Bone for the album include Mariah Carey, Big Punisher, Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, Juvenile, Naughty By Nature's Treach, Kurupt and Juvenile, among others. Krayzie has also collaborated with fellow Bone-mates Layzie, Flesh and Wish on one track, "Thug Always," a song that seems to downplay the exaggerated rumors of the group's imminent demise.