Cleveland's Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are about to become the latest
superstar rappers to release a double album.
Following in the footsteps of
2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G. and the Wu Tang Clan, the Bone crew will unleash the
29-track The Art of War on July 1st. The full-length follow-up to their
immensely influential, five-times platinum 1995 breakthrough album, E. 1999
Eternal, which gave rise to a slew of copycat rappers imitating their
overlapping, rapid-fire style and earned the group a Grammy for "Tha
Crossroads," the new collection was produced by Bone collaborator
In keeping with the battle theme, the set is broken into disc one,
"World War One," and disc two, "World War Two."
And, since no rap album
these days is complete without a duet with the late Tupac Shakur, the Thugs
release will showcase a song called "Thug Love" with some rapping recorded by
Shakur shortly before he was murdered in a gang-style attack last September.
Additionally, the album will feature solo tracks from all the members of the
Thugs crew, Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Krayzie Bone, sometimes member Flesh-N-Bone
(who appears on four tracks) and Layzie Bone, plus a tune with cameos Mo Thugs
Family crew members The Poetic Hustla'z and 2 Tru.
The first single from
the album (which will also appear on the Batman and Robin soundtrack)
will be "Look Into My Eyes," which will hit radio on June 3. Thugs member
Layzie Bone said of the ambitious project, "... it's definitely on another
level. With our first record (Creepin' On Ah Come Up), we told you about
comin' up in Cleveland and then, hooking up with Eazy-E. On the next record, we
got deeper into learning about business and life and got more spiritual about
things. The Art of War is two records... and it's the next level in
Bone's life. It's been two years since we put out a record, so we had a lot to
The group is currently finishing mastering the album and prepping for
a summer tour in August on which they hope to hook up with some R&B acts (such
as they did in their previous stint with Keith Sweat) and members of the Mo