"Bone, bone, bone, bone ..." Not many self-described thugs could get away with starting a hit single with the word "bone," repeated nine times in multi-part harmony. But Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, in so many ways, was the exception. Bone Thugs are also famous for the 1995 super-hits "Tha Crossroads" and "1st of Tha Month" off the album E. 1999 Eternal.
These fast-rappin' harmonious lads recently released a new album, Uni-5: The World's Enemy, with the seven-minute single "Rebirth." While the song title might sound more upbeat that "Tha Crossroads"--"But when it's time to die / gotta go bye-bye / all a thug could do is cry, cry"--it still throws a bone, or three, to old fans. "Everybody wanna sound like / Bone Bone Bone / Everybody wanna rap like / Bone Bone Bone."
You can bone up on new Bone with Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone at Knitting Factory on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
8 p.m., $25-$50, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.