When it comes to legends in the rap game, the members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are at the top of the list. Since 1991, the five-man group gave us hits like, “Thuggish Ruggish Bone,” “1st of tha Month,” “East 1999,” and “Tha Crossroads,” to name a few. Bizzy Bone, in my opinion, is one of the most memorable members of the group. Known for his soft-spoken, high-pitched, and fast-paced delivery, Bizzy has made a huge impact in hip-hop and is still making major waves within the industry.
Hip Hop My Way caught up with the legendary rapper to give our underground artists tips on responding to diss tracks, staying true to self, and staying true to your craft. He also gives us the secret to staying relevant in the game for over 20 years.
What advice would you give new artists when it comes to diss tracks; Should they only respond if they’re at a certain level of status?
I can’t tell nobody what to do. How you get it is how you live; However you get it is how you get it. It’s up to your demographic of people that tune into you in order to look at you as if you’re full of sh*t or if you got a valid reason. And from that point on, if you’re trending or if the numbers you’re seeking will show that. As an artist, I’m from the school of be true to what you do, be true to yourself, artist wise. And everything else is personal: religion, status, and how you move — that’s all personal stuff.
My advice is be true to you and be true to what you do. And at the end of the day, whether you sell one record, or whether you sell one million, you still have your integrity, you still have your spirit, you still have your soul. Because at the end of the day, that’s all that counts. We all gon’ get older, we all gon’ be with walkers one day. You leave the womb not able to walk, if you live long enough, that’s how you go out. And all you have is that inner peace and that soul and that spirit that’s timeless.
Give us one sentence for aspiring artists.
New and upcoming artists: Believe in yourself, have some purpose, know what you want, stay true to your music, stay true to yourself. At the end of the day, that’s all you have left.
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