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Krayzie Bone
The Fixtape Volume 1: Smoke on This!

Krayzie Bone has already reached some of hip-hop’s highest plateaus. The Cleveland native sold more than 12 million records as a member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and has won multiple Grammys—one for Bone Thugs’ “Tha Crossroads,” in 1997, and another, away from the group,  for his appearance on Chamillionare’s “Ridin’,” in 2007. Now Krayzie brings his sage wisdom back to the streets with The Fixtape Volume 1: Smoke on This!

On “Sweet Jane,” Krayzie uses Ciara’s “Promise” instrumental to twist familiar children’s lullabies into a smoker’s anthem. Then he goes pop, molding Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money” melody into “Go Hard 4 My Money.” Krayzie goes on to transform 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology” into a murder fest dubbed “Perfect Execution,” droppin’ lines like, “Okay, nigga, let’s pretend that you’re a bulletproof vest and I’m an automatic weapon.” But the harmonious MC goes too far when he errone-ously sings Prince’s “When Doves Cry” hook over Fabolous’s “Make Me Better.”

Despite the overabundance of beat jacks, there are a number of original compositions as well. However, songs like the lackluster “Ain’t Nutting Changed,” with its repetitive keys, do little to highlight the notorious Thug’s layered vocals. “In the Chevrolet” is another misstep, as the contrived concept track fails to offer any new insight into hip-hop’s car culture. Thankfully, a few notable guest spots make up for these transgressions. The Scarface-assisted “Crooked Cops” picks up where “Ridin’” left off, and Akon’s appearance on “Stay Down” helps urther Krayzie’s hustle, as he promises, “I put in blood, sweat and tears, and I’m still on the grind/Nigga, I put this on my kids, they gon’ gimme what’s mine.”

It’s been almost 15 years since BTNH made their indelible mark on hip-hop, and Krayzie Bone has plenty to be proud of. Unfortunately, The Fixtape’s misses slightly outweigh its hits, and they show that the OG might not be in perfect harmony with rap’s new generation.—Anthony Roberts

  • Mezzy

    Yo f y’all XXL reviewers you give Boosie (wack as hell) and RIch Boy (decent) better reviews than Busta and Krayzie. Y’all on the souths dick. You Guys cant review anymore, quit your jobs. ANd yes i think I can do a better job

  • The Clean Up Man

    I’ll have to disagree here, since i think this tape is FUCKIN CRAZY, especially a few tracks like, They don’t want none, Perfect Execution, Whatchuwanndo, Can’t get out the game, anyhoo, this shit is bangin’at least a XL

  • 239allday

    I heard a couple of tracks offa this tape which were snappin like muhfucka. Krayzie my favorite Bone next to bizzy but bizzy is too inconsistent. From what I have heard though this tape prolly deserved an XL.

  • RICO

    I DONT AGREE WITH Anthony Roberts THE XXL Reviewer!!!

    he obviously doesn’t know TALENT WHEN HE HEARS IT. THIS MIXTAPE IS OFF THE FUCKIN HOOK! A FRESH BREATH OF AIR IN HIP HOP. FUCK all that snap music bullshit! my man, KRAYZIE BONE SPITTIN THAT CLEVELAND THUG SHIT!

    “AINT NUTHIN CHANGED” IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE ILLEST TRAKCS OF 2008! EVERYBODY, LISTEN TO ME, THIS ALBUM IS RAW. PICK IT UP!

    JULY 10 FLESH N BONE! COMING HOME!
    BIZZY BONE NOW BACK IN THE GROUP!

    IT’S A WRAP FOR 2008! BONE BONE BONE BONE!

  • Pine

    Shame on yall man.this review is god awful and completely misses the point.krayzie bone represents REAL music, he brings more then just the cliche banter of 99% of mixtapes.this tape is a GEM…this shit is leaps and bounds better then practically every other release this year (with the exception of Royce Da 5’9s “Bar Exam 2″)

    yall need to study the artform or get a new dayjob!

  • ali

    I dont agree also. The reviwer clearly doesnt know what marijuana is if he doesnt appreciate krayzie bone’s fixtape! ITS probably better than all of lil wayne’s garbage which the REVIEWER is probably on his nuts.
    Bottom line the review is bad KRAYZIE BONE DID AN AMAZING JOB ID BUY ANYTHING HE RELEASES AND YOU SHOULD TOO SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC intestead of the lil wayne GARBAGE.

  • erocheadz

    obviously don’t know how to rate music i mean do you even do music and i made the in the chevy beat and if you ever been to cleveland it definitely banged pretty hard because i heard alot of cars up and down the streets Banging that Song! “car culture”