L-Burna, a.k.a. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Layzie Bone, may be forced to wear permanent corrective lenses after suffering a quarter-inch scratch on his right eye during a video shoot for his track "Listen" on Friday.
"I was real bummed out," L-Burna said Tuesday (April 17). "You know thugs don't wear no glasses. But my spirits are better today."
The incident began on Thursday when a makeup artist, spraying the rapper with a mixture of baby oil and water to create the illusion of sweat, accidentally got some of the liquid in L-Burna's eye. A dust particle clung to the oil sometime between Thursday and Friday afternoon and slowly caused the abrasion.
Paramedics were called to the shoot, which took place at a closed mental health hospital in Camarillo, California, north of Los Angeles, on Friday and treated L-Burna with distilled water.
The rapper missed a promotional event for Black Entertainment Television the following day. On Monday, he visited an eye specialist, who explained the seriousness of the injury. He will fly back for a second visit next week.
"I was complaining right after it happened, 'cause it hurt so bad, but I didn't want to sound like I was complaining too much," L-Burna said. "So I toughed it out until Friday. I got the video done. The thing that was most frustrating was that nobody gave a sh-- about me. The production crew just wanted to finish the video. I won't be working with them no more."
L-Burna, born Steven Howse, was filming the video for "Listen" from his debut solo album, Thug by Nature,. In the scene filmed on Friday, the rapper watches a doctor "do strange things" to another patient, played by fellow Bone Thugs rapper Wish Bone, and then escapes from a glass enclosure to rescue him, according to Jerry Doby, L-Burna's publicist.
Thug by Nature was released on March 20 and includes the single "Make My Day" (see "Three Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Members Dropping Solo LPs"). He and his fellow MCs in the Cleveland rap collective Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are expected to release an album by the end of the year.
L-Burna is also developing a musical called "Ghetto Fairytales" with his record label, Mo Thugs Records, and rapper Snoop Dogg's Dogghouse imprint. Funk marvel George Clinton and Snoop's Doggy's Angels are in talks to be featured in the production.
"It's my life story incorporated into a stage show," L-Burna said. "It's a fascinating, very personal story. I don't want to give the plot away just yet."
(This story was updated at 2:24 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 18, 2001.)