Bizzy Bone
Back With The Thugz


2.0
poor

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
July 21st, 2009 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bizzy Bone is back, confirming 2012 is the end of the world, of the world, of the world!

Bryon Anthony McCane, better known by his performance name Bizzy Bone has had quite an eccentric life.

After finding success as part of the critically regarded hip hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Bizzy Bone became noted for his increasingly unhinged behavior over the years causing many internal conflicts with the other members of the act. Deeply rooted in psychological trauma due to a kidnapping as a child where he faced mental and sexual abuse from the biological father of one of his half-sisters, it all came to a head in 2004 when Bizzy Bone embarked on a "spiritual journey" becoming voluntarily homeless for seven months, claiming to have traveled all over Ohio sleeping in bus stations and having no money. He managed to find Jesus for his troubles, a number of events since then such as speaking in tongues during a radio interview cementing him as something of an unpredictable personality with those close to him desperately worried about his sanity.

Despite his many personal problems, Bizzy Bone managed to pump out a prolific number of solo albums during the 2000 era onwards with his latest release Back with the Thugz set to be released back to back with Back with the Thugz Pt.2 in 2009. Bone Unity Report kicks off things in a cheesy manner with a television news parody, complete with cheap trumpet fanfare at the beginning and an obviously black guy parodying a snotty british news reporter ("Hello this is John Cunningham from the London UK news"). Many layered news reporter and fan voices talk about how Bizzy Bone is back, and to be quite honest though this is probably something conventional by hip-hop standards it's quite tacky and sets the scene for something truly awful to happen.

By way of disclaimer: the musical quality of Back with the Thugz is actually not that bad. The arrangements on just about every track are solid, the crisp production bringing out an enjoyable quality in its use of piano loops, synths and the odd unusual texture which comprises the albums beats. The major problem it faces seems to be that as the dominant personality of the record, Bizzy Bone just kinda sucks. From his slurred, whiny delivery to his lyrical content the whole package comes as some kind of lame bastardised reality of gangsta life in the ghetto, love for Jesus, sex, egotistical self promotion and Tony Robbins style self motivation. It really does feel conflicting at times, the gangsta side of the album represented well in title track Back with the Thugz, Shooting At Me (feat. Mr. Capone-E), and Race Against Time (feat. Bad Azz) which certainly show some strengths in their arrangements and choruses. The lyrics themselves feel kind of strange, both the religious and gangbanging elements of the verses a little at odds with one another but the flow is passable enough and can combine these in moments of glory such as the main lyrical section of Shooting At Me ("If we believe in ourselves/There is nothing we can't achieve/If they're shooting at you then they're shooting at me").

Indeed Bizzy Bone takes a very positive angle here due to his spirituality, the religious influence very strong with each track featuring verses full of reverence for the lord. The Process is made up of a voice sample recounting the story of Adam & Eve, the chorus of On That Natural High as cheery as gangsta rap is probably going to get ("Take a breath and breath it/Thats what I do when i'm on that oxygen/Take a breath and breath/It's just like heaven it puts me on a natural high") and the auto-tune infected I Wanna Sing making itself an obvious contender for the cheesiest cut present. I can't quite tell if it features lyrics about paying respect to the Lord in the worst way possible or warping its opening lyrics which discuss finding Jesus into a plea to a lost lover ("*** it I love you/*** it i need you see baby I do love you/Oh baby I need you") but for the sake of basic decency I hope so.

That's Why Thugs Never Cry is dedicated in its opening lines to Bizzy's young daughter, full of swearing and lyrics such as ("Live by the sword/Die by the sword/Believe in the Lord and the lords of the Lord") with sword firmly pronounced s-ward I couldn't imagine a more ridiculous and less poignant track to dedicate to your child to offer advice for them growing up. Lets Get High (featuring Malow Mac, Snoop Dogg And Miss Lady Pinks) is your typical hip-hop weed song, whilst Jockin' Bizzy and Women Keep Watching Us represents the side of Bizzy Bone as a sex machine ("Damn Bizzy Bone be looking finer then a mother***er/He just be lookin' fine/He can hit this anytime!"). The darkest side of Back with the Thugz is yet to be explored , and that comes in the form of a track dedicated entirely to the Mayan prediction of the end of the world in 2012, entitled End of The World 2012. Hilariously awful in both topic and lyrical content, it's one of the more amusing tracks here and ranks up there with the best the album has to offer.

As a whole Back with the Thugz is terrible, but not in the sense that there has been zero effort put into the album and that the people who created it didn't put their heart and soul into trying to make it sound its best. Bizzy Bone is a very passionate writer, but as a personality he comes off as something of a silly hack here due to the many conflicting sides of his nature, the sheer cheese factor of some of his rhymes and a bold overuse of autotune not helping matters one bit. This is unfortunate because Back with the Thugz does feature quite a lot of good hooks and production, and at times I definitely want to forgive it for its shortcomings. However if it wasn't for the way it ends with Outro Part 2 Coming Soon featuring a generic hip-hop beat and the corniest mother***er of a booming soul voice promoting other Bizzy Bones products coming soon whilst inviting you to check out the official Bizzy Bone website and myspace.com, I probably would. There is no excuse.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Meatplow
July 21st 2009


5524 Comments


k attempting social experiment of turning sputnik into hip-hop central

discuss

scyther
July 21st 2009


1606 Comments


Gangsterrrap

R6Rider
July 21st 2009


5197 Comments


I remember jammin' to bone thugs back in the day particularly 1999 Eternal

TricksterGRex
July 21st 2009


2087 Comments


hip-hop doesn't attract mass waves of hipsters very few people will be converted

Meatplow
July 21st 2009


5524 Comments


there is hipster adored hip-hop, is there not

TricksterGRex
July 21st 2009


2087 Comments


my point is hip hop isn't Animal Collective

scyther
July 21st 2009


1606 Comments


Hipster is a very vast term and doesn't refer to one group of people, rather anyone who fits the mold of a fan for the sake of pretension.

Meatplow
July 21st 2009


5524 Comments


cool story bros

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_3D_Noah%27s_Ark

on a side note i'm playing this, its not completely unplayable its just completely unenjoyable if it was a hip-hop release and I could review it I would

HenchmanOfSanta
July 21st 2009


1994 Comments


I laughed heartily during this review.

"By way of disclaimer: the musical quality of Back with the Thugz is actually not that bad...The major problem it faces seems to be that as the dominant personality of the record, Bizzy Bone just kinda sucks."

Should've been the summary.

Meatplow
July 21st 2009


5524 Comments


Thanks man :]

My initial reaction was much more critical but I actually quite like this album now i've listened to it a few times, as godawful as it can be. I couldn't be more charitable with a rating though.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 21st 2009


4970 Comments


cool, a bit too long for my tastes, but solid nonetheless.

i just have like no attention span.

Meatplow
July 21st 2009


5524 Comments


Cheers. Yeah, I found it difficult to try and condense this as it felt like there was a lot to discuss.

Also it is probably the first review I ever wrote over time, as in stopping and starting it for a few days as opposed to just knocking it over in an hour long sitting or so. A personal milestone of restraint (though the quality probably isn't much better then any of my other reviews).

illmitch
July 21st 2009


5511 Comments


pitchfork shows us that hip hop can be hip as well

good review btw i never really got into bone thugs idk why

Bleak
July 21st 2009


258 Comments


Actually surprised by the rating. Bizzy Bone is my second favorte rapper from Bone Thugs, under Krayzie Bone of course.

MassiveAttack
July 21st 2009


2754 Comments


Hey, Meatplow you should add to your summary: of the world Craig!

bastard
July 21st 2009


3432 Comments


I never liked Bone Thugs, cool review tho

Meatplow
July 21st 2009


5524 Comments


Thanks guys.

Actually surprised by the rating. Bizzy Bone is my second favorte rapper from Bone Thugs, under Krayzie Bone of course.


I am completely unfamiliar with his previous work, if I didn't do some research to find he was pretty well regarded early on I would have just assumed he was another terrible no-name modern rapper riding on an ego trip. It would seem not, but this album felt pretty terrible in any case :/

Hey, Meatplow you should add to your summary: of the world Craig!


I would be lying if I said that I understood this reference. :]

Jim
July 21st 2009


5110 Comments


jesus this guy's life story

MassiveAttack
July 22nd 2009


2754 Comments


WOW, it's from the movie Next Friday. Decent movie, the first one was awesome.

Meatplow
July 22nd 2009


5524 Comments


aye, its one of those films my friends constantly jockeyed way back in the dim, dark days of high school but i've never actually seen it.



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