As I prepare for the release of my forthcoming album, We, Ourselves, and Us, I thought I’d take a moment to release the single titled “Tomorrow’s Sorrow”. The single features frequent collaborator Nicole Gose and Layzie Bone. Yep, that Layzie Bone (from the multi-platinum Grammy award-winning group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony).
I can still remember growing up and hearing Bone Thugs-n-Harmony for the first time. Their sound was gritty, melodic, rhythmic, and soulful -- all at the same time. You couldn’t escape hearing “Thuggish Ruggish Bone”, and why would you want to?
By the time E.1999 Eternal came out, they had put Cleveland on map. I can remember playing that album non-stop while on a family vacation in Washington D.C. I had the cassette tape and I can't remember hitting fast forward or rewind the entire time. I consider it one of my favorite albums of all time. From that point on, I collected any music associated with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
Family Scriptures? Yep. The Art of War? Of course. The Collection? Bought it twice. It’s safe to say I was a fan.
The entire Midwest sound (Bone, Twista, Tech9ne, and more) played an influential role in my artistic development. I’ve always dreamed of working with some of my favorite artists from the Midwest, especially Bone, and I'm glad that is now a reality.
Having Layzie Bone featured on my new album may not seem like a big deal to some, but it’s a huge deal to me. Sure the Cleveland connection is there, but it’s more than just a Cleveland thing. This was an opportunity to work with one of the pioneers of a distinct sound, that has influenced some of your favorite rapper’s favorite rappers.
I can’t end this post without also giving a big shout out (and thank you) to the homie Kid Rose, for the digital artwork he provided of Layzie and myself. While I was designing the CD cover, I felt there was something missing from it, and Kid Rose was able to deliver the perfect finishing touch.
Enjoy the stream below, and I'll follow up next week with more information about how you can pre-order We, Ourselves, and Us.