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Bones, Thugs, and Harmony has a unique style that proved to be a hit during the Golden Era
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Graced with a quick and sometimes sung delivery, along with a unique sense of melody, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony burst out of Cleveland, Ohio in the mid-'90s with a pair of massive hits ("Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and "Tha Crossroads") along with a great first album, as well as a successful follow-up, and then quickly unraveled. Mainstream interest dropped off toward the tail end of the '90s, but the group, which underwent a series of lineup changes, continued to release new material via mixtapes and albums throughout the 2000s.

N.W.A's Eazy-E signed the group -- initially comprised of Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-N-Bone, Layzie Bone, and Bizzy Bone -- to Ruthless Records. The debut release from Bone was an EP, Creepin on ah Come Up (1994). The EP boasted "Thuggish Ruggish Bone," a conventional G-funk song with an unconventional array of Bone Thug rappers that became an overnight summer anthem, especially throughout the Midwest. The single crossed into the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 22.

Amid the fervor, the group immediately reentered the studio and emerged with a remarkable album, E 1999 Eternal (1995). The album topped the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and spawned a pair of popular singles, "1st of the Month" and "Tha Crossroads," the latter a dedication to the deceased Eazy-E and a Grammy Award recipient. As was in vogue at the time, the group members subsequently pursued respective solo careers and also a Mo Thugs Family spinoff group; none of these ventures rivaled the proper Bone projects.

At this point, the onetime cohesive group, which specialized in interwoven, harmonious singing as well as rapping, became conflicted and the group members failed to collaborate well. However, their second album, Art of War (1997) -- an ambitious double-disc package -- was very successful. Not only did it top the same Billboard charts as E 1999 Eternal, but lead single "Look into My Eyes" went Top Five on the Hot 100. Within a year of release, it was certified quadruple platinum for over four million units sold in the U.S.

A second round of solo albums sold poorly, and Bone quickly slid off the mainstream radar. Occasional reunions, such as 2000's BTNHResurrection and 2002's Thug World Order, produced some moments of glory, but these were few and far between. Thug Stories, released in 2006 on Koch, placed the group -- at the time, a trio minus Bizzy -- in the Top 30 of the Billboard 200. Bone then signed to Swizz Beatz's Interscope-affiliated Full Surface boutique label, where they issued 2007's Strength & Loyalty. A major-label budget allowed for guest spots from the Game, Mariah Carey, Akon, Bow Wow, and Twista, and the set eventually sold over 500,000 copies, earning gold certification. Bizzy returned for 2010's Uni5: The World's Enemy. The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200. A handful of dates excepted, Bizzy was absent from the album's promotional tour. He returned for the 2013 release Art of War: WWIII, but this time Krayzie and Wish Bone were out of the group, with both working on solo careers. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi

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Featured Artist of the Week-Reggae Star Glenn Middleton Tags: glenn middleton reggae star word life production rising star records

Glenn Middleton was born during the soulful era in the country of Belize. In 1969 he migrated to Los Angeles, the following year he moved to Brooklyn New York to pursue his studies in music art. In 1978 he returned to Los Angeles where he became the manager of a night club and the overseer of an R&B band. It was during that time he befriend singer/songwriter Shirley Garden who was singing with Stevie Wonder, a great singer/songwriter himself.  Glenn discovered his hidden talent as a songwriter when Shirley Garden saw a rough cut in a diamond and polished up his skills.

Glenn Currently resides in Minnesota pursing his ambitions as a successful songwriter. His Music is a beautiful glimpse into the culture of Reggae music with songs is highly layered with themes of love and change, and illustrates his personal experience in travel and relationship.  As a songwriter it’s really been a natural way for him to process his life.  His goal is to be truthful; to get down to the root of whatever he writes about.  The sincere content of his music makes it incredibly relatable.

His prophetic and romantic lyrics, along with his harmonic phasing, make him a very creative songwriter.  His style is characterized as a cross between Bob Marley and Ottis Redding, and exemplifies a message of love, unity and social responsibility in this time.  He is definitely ready to make his mark in the Industry.

Press Release:

The Internet and music industry are doing a disservice musicians.  In the world of Reggae music very few remain true and totally committed consciously and spiritually to the music.

Rising Star Records is an independent record label based in Minnesota, and has released its debut reggae CD entitled, A BLESSING OF LOVE, a beautiful glimpse into the culture of reggae music that gives us hope to emancipate ourselves from the tradition way of Babylon, which is not readily available on the commercial market.  The album is consisting of various artists, including “Lloyd Bread” Macdonald of the Wailing Souls who sings the title track.

Rising Star Records founder and President Glenn Middleton is an environment conscious person and as a songwriter, is devoted to bring world listeners, music that is motivating and inspirational, much like the folk-influence songwriting of Bob Marley.  His songs highly layered with theme of love and change, illustrates his personal experience in travel and relationship. His goal is to be truthful; to get down to the roots of whatever he writes about. The sincere content of his music makes it incredibly relatable.

The album is extremely well produced; the instrumental arrangements are well engineered and catchy, each element of the music mixed perfectly to create a masterpiece and is performed by socially conscious musicians who use their music as a vehicle for message. The album receives its blessing from legendary roots reggae guitarist Tony Chin, drummer Santa Davis, and arranger/producer Michael Hyde.

Rising Star Records hope that by spreading positive vibes it can help listeners to find the quality of music they desire.

Available on: iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Digstation.  www.risingstarsrecords.org


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