Q&A: Krayzie Bone

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Bone Thugs N Harmony made a successful comeback last year with the chart-topping Strenght & Loyality, but somehow founding member Krayzie Bone has found time to record a solo album. Dubbed Just One Mo Hit, it came out this week. Featuring the same mix of smooth R&B tunes and street-wise raps you’d find on a Bone album, the disc is the second in what Krayzie calls the “fixtape” series. He recently talked about the album. —Jeff Niesel

Talk about the solo album. How long has it been in the works?
Oh man, I started working on it right after I finished [2008’s] The Fixtape, Volume 1. I just stayed with it. That’s how I do. Once I complete one project, I get right to the next. No vacation or nothin’. I like to stay workin’. Music just motivates me. I can hear music and go for days and days. It was always in the making. I’m satisfied with the project, too.

I know you sometimes handle production duties with Bone. Did you produce most of your solo disc?
I had some outside producers. I had one guy signed to my production company; his name is Position. You’ll be hearing a lot of his production on my upcoming projects. We definitely got a lot of things in the making. Plus, I’ll be doing some production myself.

Is that something you’d like to do more of?
Oh yeah, definitely. I produced a few things here and there on the side. I produced the Phil Collins song on the Bone album. I did that one and a few more things. I scaled back since Mo Thugs to focus on the writing. But I’m getting back into it.

The title track works on different levels. In some ways, it’s even a love song. Tell me about what the song means to you?
Basically, when I thought of the whole Fixtape thing it was different from the mix tape. I call it the Fixtape because my fans tell me, “We can’t wait to get some more Bone music.” It was like they needed a fix. I said, “I’m going to call it the Fixtape. The first one was Smoke On It. I was telling people, “Here smoke on this.” With Just One Mo Hit, I’m givin’ one more hit of it. Also, I’m giving them more hits. It works both ways like you said.

Did you direct “Reason to Hate Me” at anyone in particular?
No, man. That’s something that I would very much like to clear up. I wasn’t talking to anybody in particular. A lot of people thought I was talking about Crucial Conflict. There is no beef at all with Crucial Conflict. I’m trying to put together a Midwest compilation with them on it. I was talking to anybody who has hated me in the past and anyone who is hating on me and letting em know they can hate me all they want when I’m on the mic.

I love the laid back vibe of “Po Folk Holiday.” What’s the story behind that song?
Man, “Po Folk Holiday.” When I first did the song it was called “Po Folk Poverty.” I was going to talk about how it is to be poor and how people deal with it. When I was doing the hook, one of my artists thought I was sayin’ “holiday.” He was like, “It would be cool if you said holiday.” I said, “That’s a whole different concept to the song.” I said, “Let’s do that. Let’s go that route.” We started talking about how we used to be in the hood when we didn’t have no money and still had a good time. We still found ways to kick it and sit back and have a good time. Even though we was penny pinching and borrowing and anteing up, we still had a good time.

Is it true that Flesh is out of jail and Bizzy’s back?
Oh yes. Oh man, it’s a wonderful thing. The buzz is ridiculous. We’ve mainly been out here in California getting Flesh back in shape. He’s sharp mentally, spiritually and physically. He came out ready to go. That’s a big plus for us. Also, with Bizzy getting back on track, everything is wonderful. That’s how we would like to keep it. The first time we had too many people in our business. People might not think the album is going to happen or that we’re not cool. Let them keep thinking that. We came into as brothers and we still family. The music still sounds good, trust me.

Bone had a legitimate comeback with Strength and Loyalty. That must have been rewarding after the group struggled for a minute.
It was surprising to us. We knew that the album would be successful even though it was just us three because we’ve been doing this for so long. With all the negativity that people tend to talk and those vibes, it had us doubting a little bit ourselves. We had to snap out of it. We know what we doing. We making good music. It’s undeniable. When it came out and we had the success we had, it was a wonderful thing to show people we do know what we’re doing.

You think the Cavs will make it to the Finals?
LeBron wants it and we winning it. We’ve been there before and it didn’t happen, but we taking this one. I think it’s going to be Cleveland and the Lakers. I’m not as worried about Boston. I’m really seeing Cleveland in there and we going to take it. You got to look at it like this. Lakers won it before. Cleveland is desperate for it. The Browns. The Cavs. The Indians. Somebody do something for us. For real. You don’t know how hard it is living in California and rooting for Cleveland teams. People looking at me like I’m crazy. Even the Cleveland Browns. I still got faith in them, dammit!

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