1st Of Tha Month >> is today and it's also Flashback Friday what what. Hey, my niggaz we havin' a wonderful day and this calls for a treat from the vault from back in tha 0-7 when Bone Thugs took over Phoenix with tha F-A B-O L-O U-S.
Okay enough of that silly vernacular. For whatever reason I pretty much have only been to Celebrity Theatre for standup comedy and hip-hop shows. I like the concept of a slowly rotating stage in the middle of a moderate sized venue but I don't like to sit for musical performances and the last few times I've been there it smelled and sounded like shit. Nonetheless, this show was the shit. For me that was the first time seeing both Fabolous and them thugs.
From what I remember while being hotboxed by 2,500 blunts, Fab laid down nearly every track from Street Dreams [there are a lot, still one of my favorite go-to hip-hop albums] to all jams on Ghetto Fabolous, Real Talk and From Nothin' To Somethin' which just dropped that summer. The only thing I didn't like about his performance was his annoying hype-guy but then again when does that guy actually enhance the show? Hype-guys are the worst. Annoying!
Anyway, the headlining Bone Thugs-N-Harmony only had Krayzie, Layzie and Wish representing Cleveland that night. I don't remember why Bizzy Bone wasn't there but all of his verses were simply omitted which I guess made each song 25% shorter and thus allowed them to fit in 25% more songs into the evening? You can call me Math Bone. Now that I think of it, every other time I've seen Bone Thugs in concert there's always one missing. It was Krayzie Bone who was absent last time I saw them at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
But they are great live. They opened with 'Flow Motion' and of course closed it out with '1st Of Tha Month'. Them thugs sound just like they do on the albums and they truly are N-Harmony when they flow together. No hype-guys either. I don't think I even noticed them take sips of water and with all those tongue-twisting vocals that's just insane. It's crazy to think that they've been doing this for 20 years. You know what else is crazy? Creepin On Ah Come Up and E. 1999 Eternal were 2 of my first 'Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics' discs I ever owned. Enjoy the throwbacks.