By Julia Henry
1/12/2007 12:43:12 PM
Tags and topics realted to this article include Bizzy Bone and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Hip Hop, Rap and Interviews.
Bizzy Bone's life has taken him from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. From being kidnapped as a young child as shown on America Most Wanted to finding super stardom with his former group Bone Thugs N Harmony. I was fortunate enough to get in contact with Bizzy the first of the year to find out about what is currently going on in his ever changing life. The New Year found Bizzy in very high spirits as we discussed his views on his upcoming album, his thoughts on whether or not hip hop is dead, the tragic death of James Brown and his current relationship with Bone Thugs N Harmony.
1. We hear you have a new album coming out in 2007 off of Virgin Records. How did you hook up with Virgin?
Bizzy: Last year Kanardo Davis and myself, by the way Mr. Davis is a close personal friend and manager we've been in this industry together for probably 8 or 9 years, I am not quite sure we haven't had our anniversary party yet (laughs). Anyways, we put together a beautiful record with After Platinum Records and actually Mr. Davis and After Platinum took it upon themselves, while I was working on my book and different things, to go to New York and sat down with Virgin Records and inked the deal for me. So they went in had the meeting Virgin flew out here gave me a bunch of money and told me go ahead and do what I want to do.
2. Have you recorded with any other artists for the new album? If so, who?
Bizzy: Oh the guest appearances are phenomenal. Everything is not nailed down for the album, but I've recorded songs with Twista, DMX, Trina, Good Charlotte and Chris Notes who is an incredible singer. The records production is amazing and is probably the best record I've been able to put together to date.
3. With the recent passing of James Brown there has been a lot of talk of how he's influenced music and so much more. Has he influenced you? And if so how?
Bizzy: ( Begins to sing a James Brown tune and laughs) C'mon now that's James Brown man, James Brown! If the brother had one leg he still would have been able to out dance any man here. He was just an all around great entertainer. He put out more records than anybody it seemed he had a new record coming out every week. You could just sit back and have a four year special on James Brown (laughs). He was a major, major influence on so many people, what I loved about his music was that nobody understood what he would be saying, so it kind of reminds me of the whole Bone Thugs N Harmony thing, but when they listen to these beautiful songs it's just like (Sings "This is a Man's World"). C'mon you got to feel that! I think he's beautiful and I pray that he is in a better place.
4. Nas's new album titled Hip Hop Is Dead has created a lot controversy. Do you feel Hip Hop is dead?
Bizzy: Nas is a beautiful brother who always stays on a political level and when each new record comes out it's like this brother has grown 20 years in the course of a year. As far as hip hop being dead, see when you grow up when you reach a certain age or level you are opened up to the world for what it really is. So you have different feelings of how you even listen to music, the way you could have listened to something 5 years ago and it was just like hip hop the hippie to the hippie the hip hip hop, and then you listen to it now and you hear the message. Hey everybody is getting older now it's not as fun as it use to be. Once you reach a certain age you have to let the other young ones be as free as they can and teach them what you can.
5. What do you think about the South's influence on Hip Hop?
Bizzy: Well Mr. Davis and myself are definitely into music, we hear something we like and were bouncing our heads. We don't be like "who made that, I don't know but it sure sound good, do you want to get a drink? Hell yeah." So when we listen to music it's so much more of the feeling. Like that Lil Jon shit; ohhh (imitates Lil Jon "yeah").
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