Krayzie Bone's been "Ridin" high lately with Chamillionaire, but he hasn't forgotten his harmonious roots.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Krayzie's group since the early '90s, have two new albums on the horizon, beginning with September 19's Thug Stories.
That album, the follow-up to 2002's Thug World Order, marks the group's first release as a trio, since Bizzy Bone is no longer in the group (see "Bizzy Bone Says He's Not Crazy, He's Just Found The Lord"), leaving Krayzie, Layzie Bone and Wish Bone (Flesh-N-Bone is serving a 10-year sentence for armed assault.) The first single is the just-released "Don't Stop."
While Thug Stories is a somewhat low-key affair, the second new Bone Thugs album, expected in late 2006, is being overseen by Swizz Beatz (who brought the group to Interscope Records) and will feature a bevy of big names.
"We got Dr. Dre, we got Three 6 Mafia, we got Kanye West, we got a lot of people on the album," Krayzie said. "We got Mariah Carey. She promised that she was gonna do a song with us once, and she kept her promise."
Akon and Ice Cube also show up on the album, which has yet to be titled, and verses Flesh-N-Bone recorded behind bars may also appear.
"Everybody is excited to come back, 'cause Bone is where it started from," said Krayzie, who is also developing a sneaker line called TL Classics.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony tour dates, according to Koch Records:
- 9/6 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 9/8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's
- 9/9 - Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
- 9/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
- 9/12 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
- 9/13 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
- 9/14 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
- 9/16 - Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
- 9/17 - Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
- 9/18 - Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
- 9/19 - Great Falls, MT @ Four Seasons Arena
- 9/20 - Spokane, WA @ Star Theatre
- 9/21 - Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
- 9/22 - Idaho Falls, ID @ Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium
- 9/23 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
- 9/25 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
- 9/26 - Bend, OR @ Midtown
- 9/27 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
- 9/28 - Las Vegas, NV @ Fort Cheyenne Casino
- 9/29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
- 9/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre