Saturday, July 29, 2017

Back In The Day: Bone thugs n harmony - The Art of War

Bone thugs n harmony released The Art of War, the follow up to the classic E. 1999 Eternal album, 20 years ago on July 29, 1997. Now, I'm no old fogie but kids today will never know the joy of their favorite rap group/artist dropping a double-cd album (or CD-only bonus tracks). Maybe that's the equivalent of Future dropping 2 albums in 2 weeks?

Anyways, even though my parents wouldn't let me listen to Parental Advisory music in the 8th grade, the whole latchkey-kid things got me around that pretty easily. And while we're on the subject of kids and old fogies, why are all of you old people acting like "mumble rap" is unique to this generation? You sound like the impressions my mom used to do of Bone when you're mocking this generation's music.

Let's argue.
Bone is still my favorite rap group and probably the last great rap group. And since I haven't listened to this album in at least 5 years, the nostalgia is too real listening to it while I type this blog. I'm talking movie soundtracks, internet message boards, Real Player, Real Audio files small enough to fit on a 3.5" floppy disk, bumming batteries on the school bus, dubbing CD's onto T.D. Jakes sermon cassette tapes for homies and vice versa.

I wish I could re-live it all again.

Disclaimer: Steve is an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.

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