Bizzy Bone
Misunderstood

bizzy.jpgOver a decade ago, Bryan “Bizzy Bone” McCane made history as an integral member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, helping the Cleveland quintuple sell over 10 million albums. Despite their success, Bizzy’s relationship with BTNH has always been tenuous at best. The two sides often collided over Biz’s alleged erratic behavior: missing tour dates, video shoots and recording sessions. According to the 30-year-old rapper, his conduct was due in part to the monetary issues Bone was having with their label, Ruthless Records. The internal turmoil came to a head in October 2002 when Bizzy appeared for a show at BB King’s Blues Club in New York City intoxicated and he was ousted from the group. Although they would reconcile a year later, problems arose once again. In April 2005, an allegedly inebriated Bizzy appeared on Houston’s Damage Control KPFT radio program and claimed to be homeless and sleeping at a bus station. Krayzie and Layzie Bone flew down to H-Town to meet with Bizzy, but they were unable to resolve their issues. Remaining members Krayzie, Layzie and Wish (Flesh-N-Bone has been incarcerated since 2000 on gun charges) went on to sign a deal with Swizz Beatz’ Full Surface Records. Refocused on his solo career, Bizzy signed a three-album deal with Virgin/After Platinum Records last year. His new album, A Song For You, will be released this summer and features guest appearances from Jim Jones, DMX, Twista, Trina, Good Charlotte and Lyfe Jennings. XXLMag.com tracked down the elusive Bizzy Bone to discuss his latest disc and relationship with Bone.

How would you characterize your new album, A Song For You?
It’s very spiritual. It’s a religious record like everything we do. It’s sort of like how ’Pac used to say the Lord’s name and never took it in vane. It was a lovely thing. It’s just phenomenal, man. I can’t explain it. As far as the people who love Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Bizzy Bone, they’re in for a treat. They’re gonna roll with this record. It’s the fast flip style. The harmony is there, the guest appearances are there and the production is the best we’ve ever had. I’m just allowed to be an artist and be myself. I’m just me and you can call me glory.

Are you addressing the fallout with Bone and your personal issues at all on the album?
No, no. Actually, I’m not. I recorded a [YouTube] video and spoke to Bone. I told them, “Buddy, I love [you] no matter what.” Maybe I don’t feel like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony gets the credit they deserve, but I still love them so very much. I actually salute them and root them on. That’s my position. One day, maybe we can get a Bone reunion, but it has to be in a right way. It can’t be in the wrong way. We want to make sure everybody gets all their stuff together—everyone is making good money, we go in there and we do a mega multi-million dollar deal. So I really don’t get into the politics of the situation. Regardless, I’m the kind of fellow who turns the other cheek. If it get smacked on one side, I turn the other. Hey, I love you no matter [what]. Keep on pushing, I love the new song with Akon [“I Tried”], I love everything the guys are doing.

But deep down, it must be tough to see Bone come out with a new album, Strength & Loyalty, without your involvement.
I don’t feel left out at all. I’m just glad they’re making all the proper moves and they are actually making money. They’re doing what their supposed to do. They’re growing after all these years. It’s a beautiful thing.

Why didn’t you join Bone when they signed with Swizz Beatz? What went wrong with that situation?
Nothing really went on, it’s just sometimes you have to make decisions and the decisions that you make are the decisions that pattern your entire life. But if you don’t make the right decision, then you lose.

What decision are you referring to?
The decision was, are we going to do something together? [I decided] no, we’re not going to do something together. We are not going to be able to do those things until everyone is able to get on their feet and does the right thing with their own personal lives. Once that’s taken care of, then that’s how we roll.

Throughout all the drama with Bone, do you feel you were unfairly criticized?
It doesn’t matter. When you’re with the fellas, sometimes they get upset and things of that nature. But after everything is said and done, hey, I still love you, man. I love your spirit. It may not be what everybody expects, but I still love your spirit. If you’re not with me in person, you’re always with me in spirit.

You’ve always been very honest when discussing your personal life. In the past, you’ve have problems with alcohol. How are you doing now?
I’m not doing crack. I’ve never done crack before. I don’t smoke weed anymore. Yeah, Mr. Davis [Bizzy’s manager] and myself, we like to go out and have an occasional drink every now and then. Sometimes I get disappointed when I can’t get to shows and buses break down and things of that nature. All of these different things are happening systematically. It’s like anytime I feel good about something, something always happens and boom, that jumps off. Sometimes I just say, “You know what? I’m about to go have me a drink and not worry about it.” ’Cause some things I really want to do and sometimes you’re not allowed to do those things because of certain things that are around it. Just bad situations.

Is the incident on the Houston radio station one of those things? Looking back on it, do you regret that at all?
Nah, I don’t really regret any of those things. Things happen for a reason. A lot of people don’t really understand me but I’m not here to make anyone understand me. I’m just here passing through. Once I’m gone, they’ll never see me again. I hope they enjoyed the music and I hope they had a wonderful time. That’s how I feel about that situation.

Do you think people really understand the pain and struggles you’ve went through in your life?
Well, I’ll be honest with you, I don’t really know. But they can always read the story. I was kidnapped as a kid—Adam Walsh [and America’s Most Wanted] found me. Everything is basically right there in their faces if they want to look at it. I’m not massaging what happened two seconds ago. I’m happy with right now. That’s how I feel. I don’t want people to feel sorry for me because I don’t expect any rewards for anything. I go through a lot of things, but I’m not here to complain about it. I don’t want anything. Let’s just move forward.

  • KNAAMEEN

    IM FIRST…….ALWAYS WANTED TO DO DAT SHIT

  • KNAAMEEN

    FIRST…..ALWAYS WANTED TO DO DAT SHIT…..WADDUP RASHAAD

  • Bashin

    I love this guy ( no homo).
    He battled Jay-Z back in the day and won.
    I still support dude even tho he aint with BTNH no more.

  • beav

    first bitches

  • Cincinnati Steppa

    Bizzy has a good soul, just confused. I love Bone and wish they would get back together and make a harmonious album. them brothers are classics and legends. Fuck bein 1st.

  • i’ll shit bag u

    thats a bugged out dude..he dont really anwser anything witta str8 anwser….

  • C.Carter

    Bizzy Bone 4 President.

  • I Know Rap

    haha now thats a real, mature, honest man! I’m def. gonna get that CD and show some love.

  • stacks1

    Good interview. im looking forward to this new bizzy bone cd. sounds like it will be a hell of a album. cant wait to hear the track with twista. that’s gonna be some FIRE!

  • Ziggy

    too bad all the bone boys wernt still together they made some classic shit…loved the btnh when they first came out…nothin last forever tho eh…

  • The Canadian

    That 1st shit is Wack!!
    Keek ya head up Bizzzz!

  • http://yahoo.com a0r1anAyahoo

    bizzy needs to get back wit the BTNH

  • DIZZLEMAN SR..

    it’s sounds like this brother needs help. he repeated himself numerous times. he avoided and danced around almost every question. he seems to still have this alcohol problem. listen to his answer. i hope he gets help and joins the group for the next album.

  • Dr Flav

    Shout out to Bizzy, I wish you would have made the Bone album, but I wish you the best on your solo.

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  • bone1999

    love this kat… hope his new album delivers

  • MauriSSio

    what do you mean he has “this alcohol problem” theres nothing wrong with drinking every now and then. Learn to live

  • Zee

    The realest there is! Can’t wait for A Song For You.

  • http://www.Myspace.com/LoveCyrano Cyrano

    The relationship between Bone members is to complex to form accurate judgments. Our job as fans is to listen to the music indepdent of their personal issues and enjoy that musik on our own personal/subjective/spiritual level. Music is personal. I’m just glad that they all keep making music. Hopefully, they will only stop once the casket drops!.. cuz they’re music is powerful. “May death be the only separation!”

  • http://www.Myspace.com/LoveCyrano Cyrano

    The relationship between Bone members is to complex to form accurate judgments. Our job as fans is to listen to the music independent of their personal issues and enjoy that musik on our own individual/personal/subjective/spiritual level. Music is personal. I’m just glad that they all keep making music. Hopefully, they will only stop once the casket drops!… cuz their music is powerful. “May death be the only separation!”

  • Holla

    to me bizzy was always the best member of bone

  • HollyHood

    Its better 2 b a “has been” then a “never was”

  • DB

    Very good interview..Cant wait for this album and to see him in concert again, One Time For Your Mind..

  • ballsack johnson

    you asked some good questions that touched on a lot of stuff i was curious about…but it still ended up being a typical bizzy interview. he never answers shiet and instead goes on and on about nothing. he’s blown a fuse in his brain and i don’t think he’ll ever be that old bizzy again.

    dude used to be the best rapper out there but i’m just not feeling him anymore. but i still gotta give him much respect for what he’s accomplished and i hope he can make a comeback just like bone did with ‘strength & loyalty.’

  • GermanBoneFan

    Bizzys the BEST!!! his new CD will kill all those wack artists out there.
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  • yadadafeelme?

    fa sho, bizzy bone back on track and shit, can’t wait for that new album nigga. but damn, strength & loyalty would’ve been even better than it is if bizzy was on it and bow wow WAS NOT ON IT. i have no fuckin’ idea what bone was thinkin’ when they got bow wow on their album, but fuck it. lookin’ forward to this bizzy album for sure, but fuck jim jones, he shouldn’t be on there, he ain’t even a rapper. bizzy should get niggas like snoop, game, papoose, busta, nas, jay-z, jadakiss, styles p., or some yay area niggas on his album. fuck dipset, only juelz is sicc.

  • gidz

    bizzy is the most complete and versatile musician to ever grace this industry… to all you guys who havent taken the time to really listen and understand my words… i strongly recomend you do cause you are all missing out.

    really excited and looking forward to his next album, and i wish bizz nothing but the very best of wishes.

    its all love people.

  • beeyo

    THIS dude sounds like a hippie. He’s lost in his own little spiritual world. But, hey, at least he’s in a positive mood right now. I predict he’ll be impersonating a federal agent in 6 months. That’s him and Xs problem. They never really come face to face with their demons. They hide behind some spiritualistic banter. Faith is cool, but it only works if you follow through on your beliefs.

  • Eternal1999

    Bizzy Bone only 30 yrs old and he a legend!, most of the dipset and g-unot crew are older than him, just comes to show how much he accomplished, and he was only 17 yrs old when he started out with BTNH!

  • bryant

    yea tight interview im coppin the new bizzy cd just like i did the new bone cd i love em all but i think bizzy will be back there is somethign he’s waitin on i can tell by his words, and im not gonna say what it is but if u a real bone fan u know too, but i also think all them niggas need to say fuck it we grew up together and sit down together and chill and say lets get shit right so it will on fo sho when the the 5th dog get lose “flesh n bone”

  • Eternal1999

    Bizzy Bone, young, only 30 yrs old and he a legend!, most of the dipset and g-unot crew are older than him, just comes to show how much he accomplished, and he was only 17 yrs old when he started out with BTNH!

  • CKA

    HE SHOULD GET BACK WITH BTNH

  • POLO DON

    Bizzy you the best!

  • JC

    THEY NEED TO GET BACK TOGETHER..

    • midwest invasion

      yeah dat would be kool 2 c bizzy get back together with btnh but like he says “We want to make sure everybody gets all their stuff together—everyone is making good money, we go in there and we do a mega multi-million dollar deal” , other then dat the shit will happen again he’ll skip out cuz he aint makin dat much money an such things but yea i heard the new album “a song for you” dat shits off the charts. man this dudes back with dat fast flow an spirtual musical insperation, that everyone loves is back much love to bone an bizzy can’t wait 2 c them in concert again dats shits off the chain fo sho man

  • Ali

    i thot he was Muslim…..guess not

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR BIZ BIZZY THEN U AND THE CREW HAVE TO GET BACK TOGETHER. U OWE IT TO THE FANS ONCE U GET STRAIGHT. U GUYS MADE CLASSIC SHIT AND THE FANS WANNA SEE A NEW BONE ALBUM WITH U ON IT. I REMEMBER SEEIN YALL N CONCERT N MIAMI AND U HAD A 2PAC T-SHIRT ON AND U KILLED THAT SHIT. U GUYS PUT ON A GREAT SHOW. FIRE WORKS AND ALL. THE FANS WANNA SEE THAT SHIT AGAIN.

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    Man I was reading that inteview
    and I was like. HUH??? What is this dude talking about? Man this dude didnt answer any of the questions then out of no where he says Im not on crack? Man this dude is on something. I see why the rest of Bone anit messen wit that dude.

  • X’ Prime

    Bizzy Bone doesn’t respond straight like he’s tryin’ to escape the question..but that’s not a problem. Bizzy Got love for us, he learned and has love fo’ everybody, he wants to say that even if you’re acting bad or try to use him then let him go like a stupid mothafucka, he’ll always love you no matter what because HE loves the next man created by God

  • Danny Geezay

    Bizzy Bone Discography
    1. Heavens Movie ****
    2. The Gift ****
    3. The Begining and The End ***
    4. Alpha and Omega ***
    5. The Story ***
    6. The Midwest Cowboy ***
    7 Bone Brothers Bizzy and Layzie ****
    8. Bone Brothers vol. 2 Bizzy and Layzie ***
    9. Evolution of Elevation ****

    Cop it and see what a tru hip hop artist is all about without the watered down lyrics about nothing. Bizzy is tha Shit!!

  • http://xxlmag.com ToneFelone

    Man this muhfucka shoulda been Krayzee Bone. My nigga stay in columbus and said Bizzy used to just be out walkin around. Just walkin and shit wit no business bout himself. That new Bone CD woulda been even nicer if he was on it tho.

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Just droppin by to give my nigga Bizzy some love!!, i hope yall dudes can reconcile and do another REAL bone album, but I cant front the new shit is real hot!!! Big Ups BTNH!!

  • Mont Will

    “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me because I don’t expect any rewards for anything.”

    Bullshit! You’re not with the group because you never felt like you got your just due–especially financially.

    “When you’re with the fellas, sometimes they get upset and things of that nature. But after everything is said and done, hey, I still love you, man.”

    Bullshit! He takes Bone resentment with him TOO lightly. This is not just them saying ‘we need a break from you cuz we’re upset.’ He almost RUINED their career. Bizzy is so lost.

    “Nah, I don’t really regret [the incident on the Houston radio station].”

    What a fool. You embarassed yourself and Bone. Change your name to Bizzy Bum. You’ve been ousted from the family.

  • fifty9south_soldier

    yeah mean bizzy you got the scriptures in lock,bone thugs forever
    bein loyal is the strength if you ask me
    and bizzy no doubt is that!!!!!
    every1 just wants to see beef but it aint that,check out what he spittng n tracks for the proof!

  • Duro

    i honestly think that he was the hardest (no homo) rapper in BTNH and i wish he never left

  • da king

    twenty fifth bitches!

  • http://www.hip-hopcult.net Taffo

    Bone For life !

  • http://www.king-mag.com Caputo

    Bill is the most slept on hip-hop writer in the game. Bizzy Bone’s voice could use some rest though. At least he helps the homeless though.

  • NoName

    Yep, he’s a crackhead. The only ok album he made was Heaven’s Movie, the rest are overpriced Bizzy Bone coasters. He fucked himself over, fucked bone over, and now virgin is fucking themselves over for being involved with him. He used to be the shit, a real waste of talent now though.

  • kuick2aim

    bizzy bone is da best rapper out der

  • angelica

    bizzy needs help for real. he always trips. he thinks he is better then bone by leaving the group n thinkin he gonna b all better then them. thats why he signed w/ virgin record!! n everyone need 2 stop w/ that shit about bizzy needin to git back w/ the group cuz that shit aint happenin n i wouldnt want him in the group n e wayz cuz he done fucked up!

  • TIM

    Bizzy Bone still the man. Has had a crazy life we all know-Makes him always interesting. Fact: Best lyrics always. Last couple albums, best beats. Can’t wait to keep seeing everything he puts out.

  • michelle

    you are the best rapper and i hope you have another movie coming soon cuz you can act

  • http://btnhboard.com Ashton

    BELIEVE IT OR NOT…BIZZY’S CHANGED AND HE AINT NEVER GOIN BACK TO WHAT HE WAS. I AM ALSO A HUGE FAN OF HIS BUT LETS JUST FACE HIS REALITY, HE’S SO MIXED UP HE PROBEBLY DONT EVEN KNOW WHO HIS IS. AND I HARDLY THINK HE’S GOIN TO GET BACK WITH BONE…EVERYBODYS STUFF BACK IN THA DAY WAS THA SHIT, BUT I LIKE HIS NEW MATERIAL…IT GOTS A DIFFERENT VIBE TO IT…I’LL ALWAYS REP FOR B…NO MATTER HOW CRAZY PEOPLE THINK HE IS. THATS STILL MY BOY.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com megan

    i dunno i love bone thugs and harmoney and i love bizzy bone so yeah i think that dude is hot 4 being 30 and i love him nomatter if he is with the group or not even though i think he should be but whatever
    much luv alwayz megan aka sexy latina

  • Angel

    I wish that bone thugs will re-unite again or atleast Bone Thugs Re-unite album…wish Bizzy be and still part of Bone thugs family…coz I missed his voice…Theres something missing in Bonethugs that would be Bizz

  • RIPPER

    man bizzy alot of people really dont get you but i feel yah your on the right track regardless what people think you speak the truth and ill rooting for you,god bless

  • F 8 L

    SHOUT OUT 2 BIZZY BONE

    GO GET YOURZ!

    WAIT 4 FLESH

    DEN GO RIP SHIT UP WIT BONE

    AZ A FUKIN UNIT ONCE AGAIN

    BONE SMELL LIKE SMOKE COZ THEY HAV BEEN THRU FIRE

    BONE 4 LIFE

    PRAYIN’ 4 A REUNION!

  • Rodjilius

    i think bizzy’s album is gonna be hot honestly im just really gettin into bone thugs but i gotta check bizzy out and free flesh

  • damn

    Hold up! So this dude was kidnapped and found by Michael Walsh from AMW? That must’ve fucked him up real nice like. Oh shit hold up again! This dude battled Jay-Z and won? Damn Id love to hear that battle. I must’ve been living in a cave my entire life to not know this.

  • Josh

    you guys are dumb fucks saying how bizzy doesn’t answer questions…. he answers questions in a way where it can be interperated in different ways, and makes you wanting more..which makes every bizzy interview another long discussion, bizzy is the greatest, and i don’t hate him for leaving BTNH, i’ll just have to endure the hits they once made together and hope he gets back with them.

  • vinni

    it’s tight that bizzy bone still got his shit straight but i bet you “i tried” would have been no.1 on the charts if bizzy was part of BTNH

  • http://yahoomail.com samuel mbisike

    oh baby i luv bizzy he is my dad my lover my everythin this dude is from lagos nigeria bizzy bone wherever u are just know that a nigga here sam luvs u,ur life,ur music every thing about u is divine,get to really know Jesus he will helpp u and complete u iluv ur album waitin 4 a song 4 u. peace my num is +2348060175250. peace

  • chino

    the best solo artists this world had… he rhymes even without anyone with him… his songs speaks… a thru motherfather

  • double c

    Let bizzy explain wats jihad is all about to the confuse people.. im a big fan of bizzy and now the entire east

  • Souf Paw

    I have alot of respect for u Bizzy. Always have and will be a fan. Keep spittn that real shit, u always bring it. Luv tha solo projects & i hope one day BTNH can reunite (w/Flesh) and tear the world up! Bone isnt quite Bone w/o Bizzy….and Flesh……FREE FLESH!!!!!

  • Al the 1

    Hey ! Bizzy is really the shit !

    sorry for BTH ..but since this guy left.. it doesnt sounds right. Bizzy is the spiritual part of Bone thugs . true story.

    the think i hate with the last 3BTH is that the beats are sooo commercial.

    long life to bizzy !
    i feel ya

  • thugster

    what up y’all?? bizzy is tha best…wit bone more better!!!!

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