Live review: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Amos' Southend

April 10, 2010

The Deal: Arguably legendary rap quintet graces the stage minus Flesh-N-Bone (who was picked up on a felony warrant two weeks ago), but nonetheless efficient.

The Good: The audience was nuts! Seriously one of the loudest, most excited crowds I've ever seen at Amos' (that's Nas, Mos Def, Talib & Goodie Mob included). From start to finish, other than brief lull for one of their "younger cats" to do a song or two, Bone had an extremely engaged audience that rocked with them the entire time. It was crazy to see a rap audience especially that didn't have to be sold over.

BTNH knows they have a catalog of hits and was smart to spread those out over the duration of the set, but to see the crowd's positive response to their new material, you knew that the people there were mostly diehard fans, not casual listeners. If Bizzy Bone wanted to dive off the stage and crowd surf, he would've been caught and supported with ease.

The crowd knew every, single word to almost every track and screamed in force to help out on Eazy-E's verse on "Foe The Love of $." The K-Ci & JoJo shout out was well received as well.

Tom P was the last opening act and only got to do 2 or 3 songs yet still had the crowd in a frenzy — imagine a if Twista was white and from Atlanta.

The Bad: There was no shortage of stereotypically drunk, frat guys doing what they do best. Allowing one of their younger acts to do some songs mid-set was cool with some up front but disengaged a large amount of the crowd who was really into the show so far.

The trailer park-y chick who kept coming up to me (because she thought I was with the group), trying to find (and bang) one of the opening acts.

The Verdict: Surprisingly dope. As someone who came in with mixed expectations, it was a great show and a lot of that credit goes to the crowd who was completely engaged from the front row to the rafters. BTNH was smart to stick with the hits and skillfully placed new material.

Setlist:

"East 1999"

"Days Of Our Livez"

"Thuggish Ruggish Bone"

"1st of the Month"

"Foe The Love of $"

"Notorious Thugs"

"Thug Luv"

"Blaze It"

"Weed Song"

"Meet Me In The Sky"

"Crossroads"

"See Me Shine"

"I Tried (So Hard)"

"No Surrender"


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