Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Chamillionaire, Lloyd Banks, Z-Ro, Slim Thug

Tue, April 25, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$35.00 - $80.00

This event is all ages

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American hip hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals. In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song "Tha Crossroads". Since its conception in the early 1990s the group has been honored with numerous other awards. Bone Thugs are also the only artist to do acts with Eazy-E, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are also recognized as one of the most successful hip-hop groups selling 50 million records.
Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire
"There are a lot of people who are just followers and do things because everyone else is doing it. I'm trying to lead by example," says Grammy Award winning rapper Chamillionaire. "I won't do anything just for a dollar. Money will make people do crazy things and I’m not one of those people."

The Houston-based entrepreneur strives to constantly elevate, adapt and grow through his music, his business ventures, and his relationships. These traits helped him become a mixtape phenomenon before he had a major recording contract. Chamillionaire has managed to become an internet forerunner at a time when others have failed to capitalize on the web's reach, a platinum plus selling artist during a time of sagging record sales, and a businessman who runs several successful companies.

All of his achievements and past experiences played a major part in shaping the direction of Chamillionaire's second major label album, “The Ultimate Victory.” In fact, it was his time on the road and in the studio that provided a purpose for the man also known as The Mixtape Messiah as he crafted his new release. "Behind the scenes, a lot of artists talk about everything that they think is wrong with the world, but when it comes time to address the issues through their music, they don't," he explains. "I decided I couldn't sit back and needed to be the one to say something."

He does just that on "Hip-Hop Police," a look at how the media and a variety of public figures continue to place blame on rap music for social issues, making loving hip hop equivalent to committing a crime. Then there's the insightful "Evening News," where Chamillionaire examines -- with a sarcastic tone - what constitutes newsworthiness on a planet filled with legitimately significant events and genuine human suffering.

"Everyday I watch the news and look at how crazy the world is," he explains. "It humbles you to see other people's problems and to see the amount of adversity others seem to be going through. If you think you're going through hard times, you can always turn on the TV to see someone else who's going through things 10 times worse than you. But then again, the media will also dedicate a majority of their time focusing on topics that I feel are not as news worthy, often times making celebrity gossip their main focal point. I wanted to do a record with some social commentary but also not be too heavy handed when it comes to discussing the stuff that we should really be focusing on. I wanted to find the perfect balance and go right down the middle."

With the 2006 released "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone, the anti-police profiling smash single that became a record breaking mastertone with over 4 million sold, Chamillionaire proved that he could make commercially viable music that matters. Yet while touring the world to promote his November 2005 released debut album, “The Sound of Revenge,” Chamillionaire saw one negative consequence of performing to diverse audiences. Each time he said the N-word in any of his songs, many of his white fans would rap along with him.

"It made me say to myself, 'OK, I'm going to have to do this run again and I don't want to be subliminally teaching people to say it," Chamillionaire says. "That's why I made the decision at the beginning stages of “The Ultimate Victory” to erase it from my vocabulary, long before the Don Imus controversy even started brewing."

Even though he sprinkled the N-word in his rhymes, Chamillionaire was never one to emphasize curse words in his previous material. Growing up as a child of four in a strict household run by a Christian mother and a Muslim father, he was not allowed to curse. In fact, his parents didn't even want him to listen to rap. However, they did instill a tireless work ethic into a young Hakeem Seriki, something that ironically has helped him throughout each stage of his rap career.

As the eldest child in the household, Chamillionaire had to assume a multitude of parental responsibilities at a young age, which included juggling multiple jobs to help financially support his family. He stocked trucks, held down a number of different positions through a temp agency, and even transported blood and urine for a medical lab. It wasn't until he grew tired of his job passing out fliers and promoting for clubs that Chamillionaire made a conscious effort to pursue more lucrative vocations.

Being an aspiring rapper in Houston at the turn of the century was not necessarily an easy move and because there were no major labels scouring the streets of H-Town at the time, Chamillionaire had to find a way to get noticed. "It was either eat or get eaten," he says. "We were bred to learn how to sell records out of our trunk independently and mixtapes were the easiest way to get your music out. People would bootleg them, download and burn them."

Chamillionaire poured his energy into rapping, connected with the Swishahouse movement, and then started his own The Color Changin' Click before becoming a solo superstar. Every step of the way he learned and studied how to become successful in the music business: how to make sure you got paid for your work, how to treat DJs, how to interact with fans, and how to deal with fame.

Once his Houston contemporaries, including Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall came out with substantial buzzes surrounding their projects in the first half of 2005, most people wondered what would happen to Chamillionaire. The man himself wasn't worried.

"I just worked hard and continued doing what I was doing," he recalls. "I was never worried about anybody else. All you can do is get into the studio and put 110 percent into making the best music you can, and then you go out into the marketplace and push it 110 percent. That's my formula for everything."

It's a formula that enabled The Sound of Revenge to sell more than 1.5 million copies and set Chamillionaire up as a successful businessman. His Houston based Fly Rydes car shop which he co-owns with his business partner Ernest designs, rents, and sells cars to corporations and high net worth individuals. He owns a tour bus company; His emerging Chamillitary Entertainment label has a talented roster: rappers Famous AKA Lil Ken and Yung Ro, and R&B act Tony Henry. He has also become a real estate magnate.

And for the man who has won a Grammy, an MTV Video Music Award, two BET Hip Hop Awards, who was certified by the RIAA as the biggest selling individual ringtone artist in history, and even saw the legendary Weird Al Yankovich turn "Ridin" into a smash hit parody, "White and Nerdy," it was being presented with the certified platinum plaque for The Sound of Revenge that meant the most to him.

"For me to come out and sell less than what was expected during the first week as a new artist to the mainstream, people and critics didn’t even think that I could reach gold. I surpassed that mark,” Chamillionaire says. “Then Ridin' was later released and it propelled the album to go even further. In the long run I did everything that everybody said I couldn’t do. That platinum plaque to me was really important, it symbolized a lot."

And for a man that continues to challenge himself to be innovative, creative and successful, Chamillionaire shows no signs of slowing down in any way. "People are scared to roll the dice," he says. "I feel like if you work hard, you'll always have good results. I'm living proof of that."

Time and time again.
Lloyd Banks
Lloyd Banks
Lloyd Banks was raised in Jamaica, Queens, by his Puerto Rican mother; his father spent much of his son's childhood behind bars. Like many young men amid the poverty and ruin of his community, he found solace through ghetto poetry and the work of rappers like Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. He dropped out of high school at the age of 16, finding the structured environment a hindrance to his developing talent for rhyming. After appearing on numerous local mixtapes, Banks, along with childhood friends Tony Yayo and 50 Cent, formed a crew called G-Unit, a group that proceeded to redefine the term "street marketing" with a series of self-released albums that included original numbers and quality artwork. Banks stayed on with 50 Cent, appearing on the artist's now classic 2003 debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin'. November of that same year saw the release of G-Unit's Beg for Mercy. Banks' long-awaited solo debut for G-Unit/Interscope Records, Hunger for More, was released in June 2004. He followed it two years later with Rotten Apple. In 2010, G-Unit announced they were leaving Interscope and partnering with EMI for Banks' third album, H.F.M., Vol. 2 (The Hunger for More, Vol. 2).
Z-Ro
Z-Ro
The MO CITY DON, formerly known as Z-Ro was born Joseph Wayne McVey in Houston's notorious South Park neighborhood on January 19, 1977. At age six his mother died, and he was shuttled from household to household in search of stability, eventually settling in the Ridgemont area of Missouri City, Texas.
When Z-Ro reached his late teens he was unemployed and resorted to drug dealing and hustling on the streets.According to Z-Ro, listening to the music of 2Pac, Geto Boys, Street Military, K-Rino and Klondike Kat inspired him to work harder for his goal of leaving the streets.

In 1998, Z-Ro released his debut album, Look What You Did to Me. Z-Ro is also a member of the original Screwed Up Click, an assortment of rappers from Houston. All of these things helped to escalate Z-Ro's popularity throughout the South.
In 2004, Z-Ro released his critically acclaimed Rap-a-Lot debut titled The Life of Joseph W. McVey. The record was a huge success and helped expand Z-Ro's fan base beyond the South.

In 2005, Z-Ro released Let the Truth Be Told, which was well received. Z-Ro's 2006 album I'm Still Livin' was released while he was imprisoned for drug possession, to positive reviews.It was called "a great album... powerful" but "relentlessly bleak" by The Village Voice and "one of the best rap albums to come out of Houston" by the Houston Chronicle.In 2010 he released his next album titled Heroin. In 2011 album he anounced a new album called Rother Vandross Sings The Blues, an all singing album, the lead single is "These Days" . He now makes Texas History by releasing a short film/Music video for the single I'm Alive (produced by The Cold Chamber).
Slim Thug
Slim Thug
Slim Thug is the voice of Houston rap, a 6'6" tall colossus who dominated the early-'00s underground scene on Michael "5000" Watts' Swishahouse imprint. In 2005 he released his Neptunes'-produced major label debut, Already Platinum, and followed it with his tremendously-popular eOne Music follow-up Boss of All Bosses four years later. He returns on eOne1/Boss Hogg Outlawz with his latest album, Th...a Thug Show, due out November 30. The work shows him in top form and features single, "So High," with chart-topping Atlanta emcee B.o.B. "What I'm trying to do is give fans the best of Boss of All Bosses and of Already
Platinum," Slim says.

Slim Thug is the voice of Houston rap, a 6’6” tall colossus who dominated the early-‘00s underground scene on Michael “5000” Watts’ Swishahouse imprint. In 2005 he released his Neptunes’-produced major label debut, Already Platinum, and followed it with his tremendously-popular eOne Music follow-up Boss of All Bosses four years later. He returns on eOne1/Boss Hogg Outlawz with his latest album, Tha Thug Show, due out November 30. The work shows him in top form and features single, “So High,” with chart-topping Atlanta emcee B.o.B. “What I’m trying to do is give fans the best of Boss of All Bosses and of Already
Platinum,” Slim says.

Born Stayve Thomas, Slim was already running things as a high school student. He drove around in a drop-top Cadillac, inspiring some of his older classmates to call him Boss Hogg -- after The Dukes of Hazard character -- which inspired the name of his record label. Many folks just called him Slim, however, and since he was doing thuggish things and looked and acted like a thug, he extended it to Slim Thug. “I was grilled-out since I was, like, 15 years old,” he explains. “I was walking around with braids, Dickies, white t-shirts, and Chucks all the time, so I looked like a thug.”

An aspiring rapper, his fate forever changed one night in high school when he performed a freestyle at a northside Houston teen club in front of Michael Watts, the influential local DJ and mixtape guru. Impressed by Slim’s verse, Watts invited him to his studio to lay down a track for a mixtape album. “I went over, did the shit, and it’s been poppin’ ever since,” Slim says. With Swishahouse and Boss Hogg Outlawz he moved thousands and thousands of CDs, and began drawing major label attention. But, considering he was already the making big money playing shows around Texas, he had no need for their puny offers. “Every label tried to sign me-- Universal, Atlantic, Warner Bros, everyone. But the money they was offering, I wasn’t with it, ‘cause we were getting that out in the streets.”

Eventually however, one of the independent distribution networks trafficking his CDs went under. And so, when Interscope finally called with a good offer he signed on, and was eventually placed on The Neptunes’ Star Trak label. Pharrell Williams and his crew were the hottest thing working, and though their spaced-out, pop-friendly style strayed from the gritty, slowed, Houston sound Slim built his name on, Already Platinum debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and spawned hits including “Like A Boss.” (That song inspired a wildly-popular
Saturday Night Live parody of the same name last year, featuring Andy Samberg as a not-so-bosslike boss.)

Meanwhile, also in 2005, Watts used a line from a Slim freestyle -- “still tippin’ on fo-fo’s, wrapped in fo’-vogues” – as the hook for the breakout song from Swishahouse artist Mike Jones, called “Still Tippin’.” The track, which also featured Paul Wall, was a massive hit, bringing Houston’s emerging hip hop sound (and its references to lean, candy paint, grills and swangers) to the mainstream. Slim’s star was launched and he appeared on hits like Gwen Stefan’s 2005 song “Luxurious” and Beyonce’s 2006 number one, “Check On It.”

Despite his national success, the major label scene wasn’t for Slim, and a few years later he signed with eOne. “A lot of people thought I was stupid for walking away from Interscope, but I wasn’t going to be on the sidelines, while they pushed back records,” he says. “At the end of the day, I’d rather go with a smaller company and keep the money coming.” His critically-admired 2009 follow-up Boss of All Bosses may not have had a big budget or production from The Neptunes, but it returned to his original sound and was beloved by his core fans, selling some 150,000 units. Last year he also had another great look through a collaboration with Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show called, “Still A Boss,” a parody video about the way the economy is affecting the rap industry. (“I don’t pop bottles in the club/ It costs too much…‘Cause up at Costco it’s half the cash/ I buy a bottle, for what you’re spending on one glass.”)

Tha Thug Show aims to split the difference between the mainstream-accessible sound of Already Platinum and the Texas flavor of Boss of All Bosses. Much of the production comes courtesy of his collaborator Mr. Lee, and the album features Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Nipsey Hussle and Big Krit. Single “So High,” with B.o.B., comes after the pair nearly worked together on Slim’s 2008 single “I Run,” which, in the end, instead featured Yelawolf. “After Yelawolf did it, it just sounded so right, I didn’t want to change it,” Slim says. “But I’ve definitely been knowing
B.o.B. since before he took off.”

It’s clear that Slim has settled into his role as a young Houston legend, and that returning to his independent roots has been good for him. “I might be local again, but I’m still getting money, so I’m cool on it,” he says with a laugh. “I’ve got better focus, and more power.” Even in these recessionary times, it’s clear, the Slim Thug brand goes a long way.

An aspiring rapper, his fate forever changed one night in high school when he performed a freestyle at a northside Houston teen club in front of Michael Watts, the influential local DJ and mixtape guru. Impressed by Slim's verse, Watts invited him to his studio to lay down a track for a mixtape album. "I went over, did the shit, and it's been poppin' ever since," Slim says. With Swishahouse and Boss Hogg Outlawz he moved thousands and thousands of CDs, and began drawing major label attention. But, considering he was already the making big money playing shows around Texas, he had no need for their puny offers. "Every label tried to sign me-- Universal, Atlantic, Warner Bros, everyone. But the money they was offering, I wasn't with it, 'cause we were getting that out in the streets."

Eventually however, one of the independent distribution networks trafficking his CDs went under. And so, when Interscope finally called with a good offer he signed on, and was eventually placed on The Neptunes' Star Trak label. Pharrell Williams and his crew were the hottest thing working, and though their spaced-out, pop-friendly style strayed from the gritty, slowed, Houston sound Slim built his name on, Already Platinum debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and spawned hits including "Like A Boss." (That song inspired a wildly-popular
Saturday Night Live parody of the same name last year, featuring Andy Samberg as a not-so-bosslike boss.)

Meanwhile, also in 2005, Watts used a line from a Slim freestyle -- "still tippin' on fo-fo's, wrapped in fo'-vogues" – as the hook for the breakout song from Swishahouse artist Mike Jones, called "Still Tippin'." The track, which also featured Paul Wall, was a massive hit, bringing Houston's emerging hip hop sound (and its references to lean, candy paint, grills and swangers) to the mainstream. Slim's star was launched and he appeared on hits like Gwen Stefan's 2005 song "Luxurious" and Beyonce's 2006 number one, "Check On It."

Despite his national success, the major label scene wasn't for Slim, and a few years later he signed with eOne. "A lot of people thought I was stupid for walking away from Interscope, but I wasn't going to be on the sidelines, while they pushed back records," he says. "At the end of the day, I'd rather go with a smaller company and keep the money coming." His critically-admired 2009 follow-up Boss of All Bosses may not have had a big budget or production from The Neptunes, but it returned to his original sound and was beloved by his core fans, selling some 150,000 units. Last year he also had another great look through a collaboration with Jon Stewart's The Daily Show called, "Still A Boss," a parody video about the way the economy is affecting the rap industry. ("I don't pop bottles in the club/ It costs too much…'Cause up at Costco it's half the cash/ I buy a bottle, for what you're spending on one glass.")

Tha Thug Show aims to split the difference between the mainstream-accessible sound of Already Platinum and the Texas flavor of Boss of All Bosses. Much of the production comes courtesy of his collaborator Mr. Lee, and the album features Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Nipsey Hussle and Big Krit. Single "So High," with B.o.B., comes after the pair nearly worked together on Slim's 2008 single "I Run," which, in the end, instead featured Yelawolf. "After Yelawolf did it, it just sounded so right, I didn't want to change it," Slim says. "But I've definitely been knowing
B.o.B. since before he took off."

It's clear that Slim has settled into his role as a young Houston legend, and that returning to his independent roots has been good for him. "I might be local again, but I'm still getting money, so I'm cool on it," he says with a laugh. "I've got better focus, and more power." Even in these recessionary times, it's clear, the Slim Thug brand goes a long way.
Venue Information:
The Bomb Factory
2713 Canton Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://thebombfactory.com