This is it, people, 1,000+ more words of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Part VII will come up shortly, and that will be the last part. Until then, here you go.
I can imagine that there were East Coast groups that liked Bone Thugs, and then there were West Coast groups that liked Bone Thugs, and you guys somehow stayed out of the fight and brought a lot of people together that would not have come together.
Layzie Bone: Even when we perform we do our tributes for those two. You gotta rock the Biggie and the ‘Pac.
Layzie Bone: With our fans it’s like they are a story, a myth, like some shit out of a fairy tale book. You gotta show love, all love because I don’t know how but we managed to stay neutral.
Ta Smallz: That’s why I tried to get on this record with my family Bone Thugs-n-Harmony out in the midwest. I got Li’l Wayne and Davey, B.G. down south and for the east I put L., Santana for this record, and Onyx and for west coast...I got E 40 so everyone is getting a piece of it.
That's how it is now, no matter what region you come from, there's no borders. You are going to hear us with everybody.
So the theme of unity keeps going with rappers all across the United States on one album.
Layzie Bone: ‘Pac was trying to do that back in the day with Thug Nation.
I remember when Tupac died and thinking about it now still really depresses me. When you lose a great mind before it’s time you always feel it. You always know when someone was taken away to young is what I’m trying to say.
Medical marijuana is a huge issue now. I see a lot of bands that are rapping about marijuana. But you guys have always been rappin’ about marijuana. It’s always been a subject in your music. It's like everyone else just caught up with you.
My point is, what do you think about the change in how the public views marijuana? Now it’s something the media talks about, but you guys were rapping about the subject before the media.
Ta Smallz: Marijuana is God’s gift. With all of these man-made drugs, ecstasy, crystal meth…these are drugs we make as men. There are no other uses for them. With marijuana you can make your clothes, your shoes, paper and everything. People are beginning to see it’s healthy, it helps cancer and people are beginning to see the benefits and it’s like, wait a minute, let’s look at marijuana really is.
So you think things have changed in regards to the politics and marijuana?
Thin C: I think it had to happen. We made a mark in these times, but it was about time for it to happen. In my mind it’s just cool that you can go and get yourself a prescription. Of course it was due to negative publicity in early America that gave us this negative outlook on what it is. There were lies and propaganda, but the point of it is that it does what it’s supposed to…you can’t lie about that.
Ta Smallz: Doctors are finding out that there are things marijuana can do that we didn’t know until recently. We’ve gotten more knowledgeable about the world and we’ve gotten more knowledgeable about the plant. If you don’t know, you can’t say for sure. But I’d rather use that than Tylenol or drugs.
Layzie Bone: I expected marijuana to come back and be legal like it was meant to do anyways. The country was built off the hemp plant. At one point it was illegal to not grow marijuana in the U.S.
Thin C: The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
Layzie Bone: There have always been marijuana advocates with rap. You got Dre and Snoop Dogg with The Chronic and you have B-Real and Cypress Hill, but the government couldn’t regulate the product so they had to make it illegal because you can grow your own.
But if they do make it legal the profit won’t stop. It’s what we need. Over in Amsterdam their doing that, and I just left that place and it’s been legal over there. But now they tell me that it’s more of a government regulation, like you can’t have the word “marijuana” in coffee shops or they used to have the hemp plant on a mug, but in Amsterdam you pay a tax on that. Regulation is just more of a way for the government to make a profit.
But there’s a feeling of pride to be a part of any movement. I’ve been directly part of it for quite some time to get the movement off the ground.
Yeah, and you guys have been rapping about it since back in the day. There’s proof, the albums are there. On what level do you think Bone Thugs is a part of the political movement to make the product legal?
Layzie Bone: I plan on being very loud and very outspoken about the movement. That also goes for the hemp plant. It’s just logical for our environment. It’s sustained out population for a lot longer than these chemicals we’ve just invented. We need to reserve this plant just like we need to reserve this world for our children.
Well, I think on a lot of levels unit is going to be necessary to fix the planet.
Ta Smallz: We’ve been political. We’re talking about it. When we go to medical marijuana clinics we sign pictures and speak at rallies. The movement brings people together. The plant brings people together. It doesn’t matter what color you are when you have some good purple you all are going to sit down together and smoke it. Then you’ll break out the music you may not know like Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin or Bone Thugs.
I think it heals in all ways, and people are not out there hurting each other over marijuana. It’s not like alcohol. We just need to let people know how it’s helping and not hurting. We need to get the word out. People think, “Oh, you’re on drugs, you’re on marijuana” and it’s that they don’t understand the difference.
It’s good because now there’s structure. There’s structure to the stores, to the dispensaries, that’s how it’s treated. And we’re not just a bunch of potheads. If critics could come to the stores and see how people are feeling better, they’d be more informed.