SOBs was overflown last night (Aug. 11) with 90’s-era hip-hop fanatics dressed in cape-hanging durags and oversized clothing as the anticipation built for a night with the Grammy-award winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Although the capacity was maximized and guests began to comfortably swelter, nothing could stop the positive energy that was brewing.
Opened by the shining star of NYC, DJ Zeke, the show began as the house DJ took listeners through a musical time machine as he spun classic sounds from Jay Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Jadakiss, Mobb Deep, and more. Memories were reflected on as fans smiled and spun around, blurting out some of their favorite hip-hop lyrics of all time.
After a short stretch of reminiscing, Zeke took to the mic to introduce the legendary emcees as each member hiked through a crowd of high-energy fans to make their way to the stage. Without any hesitation, the stars of the night gave in with their first song, “East 1999,” sending the crowd into an immediate frenzy. Krayzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Flesh-N-Bone, and Wi$h Bone maneuvered the podium as they followed up with perpetual hits, including “Creepin On Ah Come Up,” “1st of tha Month,” and “Thuggish Ruggish Bone.”
With joints in the air and the energy thriving, the Thugs dedicated a fragment of their set to the fallen legends who once walked beside them on their early journey in the realm of hip-hop. Paying homage to the late Eazy-E, Biggie, and Tupac, the Thuggish-Ruggish rappers went through gangster rap verses from “Boyz-n-the-Hood,” “Notorious Thugs,” and “Ambitionz Az a Ridah.” A highlight of the evening, the Bone Thugs made an underlying statement of preserving the hip-hop culture through the hits that have paved the way for the music that we can appreciate today.
Before closing out the night with a smoker’s favorite cuts, including “The Weed Song” and “Budsmokers Only”, the 90’s-bred artists officially announced that they will be releasing their forthcoming and last album, E.1999 Legends, in the near future. Similar to the likes of the Wu-Tang, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony holds an everlasting footprint in the hip-hop culture. After an hour’s worth of classic hits, fans roared on and the Thugs closed out a sold out show with a bass-peddling remake of “Tha Crossroads,” as they said goodnight to a lifetime full of fans. Although their time at SOBs was over, their staple in history for over two decades will be everlasting.—Asia Burris