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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with Chamillionaire, Lloyd Banks and more

Tuesday

Apr 25, 2017 – 07:00 PM

2713 Canton St.
Dallas, TX 75226 Map

  • Chamillionaire
  • Lloyd Banks
  • Bone Thugs N Harmony

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$45.00 - $250.00
Chamillionaire: This kid from Houston, Texas has some nerve. That's what came to mind as you watched an MTV special in early 2005 showcasing H-Town's commercial and artistic re-emergence on the rap scene. Following his brazen freestyle, the focused and much-heralded MC known as Chamillionaire faced a national audience and launched a swagger-filled proclamation on camera: "I'm the truth from Texas..." While such boasting may seem par-for-the-course in the prideful 25-year-plus history of hip-hop, the latter ambitious statement aptly describes Chamillionaire. It's the reason why he earned the lofty alias "The Mixtape Messiah," a title Cham was crowned after independently selling over 100,000 copies of the Get Ya Mind Correct album, and by selling thousands of his numerous mix tapes. It's why the former member of Houston's legendary mix-tape power Swisha House garnered coverage in such major hip-hop publications as Source and XXL without the backing of a major deal. When the Houston lyricist set off a major label bidding war to distribute his Chamillitary Records, it became abundantly clear throughout the 'hood and the music industry Chamillionaire is indeed the truth.

With his major-label debut The Sound Of Revenge set for release on Universal Records, Chamillionaire is poised to take his place among Houston's current hip-hop elite, including the new generation of rhyme-spitters such as Lil' Flip, Slim Thug, Mike Jones and Paul Wall, as well respected vets UGK and Scarface. "You call out a lot of rappers and ask them why they are the best and they are going to tell you everything but the music," Cham laughs. "They will tell you that they are the best because they have some nice rims, a chain, and a mansion." He then adds in a straight-no-chaser tone, "You've heard all the hype about Chamillionaire; that he's sick with the lyrics, sings hooks, and represents the streets and the clubs. But I just want to come as close as possible to living up to my reputation."

Chamillionaire recruits an impressive list of talent on his debut effort, including Lil' Flip, Bun B, Scarface, and Krayzie Bone, as well as in-demand producers Scott Storch (50 Cent), Mannie Fresh (Lil' Wayne, Baby, Juvenile) and Cool & Dre (The Game). But, it's his work with Atlanta studio kings The Beat Bullies (1Big Boi/OutKast) that sets the tone for much of The Sound Of Revenge's diverse platform. "They understand me," Cham says of the in-house producers. "There are a lot of producers that have dope beats, but they don't know me as an artist. [The Beat Bullies] being from Atlanta, can take it to the strip clubs, the streets and to the radio."

The name Chamillionaire represents the unique style that defines the talented urban artist, and his ability to change and adapt on the fly, forcing people to respect the true breadth of his talent. And just as this MC moniker exemplifies, Chamillionaire is anything but predictable and most certainly versatile. "Picture Perfect" featuring Bun B comes off as a lyrical nod to the classic 'hood swagger of UGK, while the Beat Bullies'-anchored Radio Interruption" showcases Cham's prowess for walking the blurred line between street praise and mass appeal. The storytelling brilliance of "No Snitching" (Cool & Dre), finds Cham detailing the unwritten laws of 'hood politics. On the Scott Storch produced "Turn It Up," Cham tag-teams with freestyle king Lil' Flip as they spit over an infectious track that is Houston's answer to a summer club banger. And the soulful "Here Comes The Rain" finds Chamillionaire exploring the daily struggles of life with heartfelt lyricism and ghetto angst.

"It's a very personal song and the title says it all," Cham says of the revealing track. "In a person's life the rain symbolizes the struggles we all go through. Whether you are dealing with losing a loved one or your rent is due on the 1st, but it's the 3rd and you don't have it. I'm just talking about surviving the tough times."

Chamillionaire has definitely seen his share of struggles on his road to redemption. Born to a Muslim father and Christian mother, secular music was banned in his household. Chamillionaire was barely a teenager when he moved to a low-income neighborhood in the notorious North Side of Houston, following the separation of his parents. By the early '90s, however, rap rebels such as NWA, Public Enemy, as well as hometown heroes The Geto Boys, 8-Ball & MJG and UGK would inspire a young Hakeem to write his own rhymes.

Lloyd Banks: Lloyd Banks is unsatisfied. Unsatisfied, despite having an incredibly successful 2003. A 2003 where he was crowned the street's number one artist, appeared on the year's top-selling record, and sold another two million-plus copies of an album with his own rap troupe. Lloyd Banks is so unsatisfied he's titled his G Unit/Interscope Records debut The Hunger For More.

"When I say The Hunger for More, it could be referring to more success," says Banks, the lyrical submachine gun of 50 Cent's G Unit arsenal. "It could be more money. Or respect. More power. More understanding. All those things lead up to that hunger for more, because my 'more' isn't everybody else's 'more.' I feel like I made it already, because I already got what everybody on the corners of the neighborhood I grew up in is striving to get. God forbid anything happen to me, my family is straight. So anything that happens after this is just me progressing as a person." Banks' personal progression is seen throughout his debut album, especially on numbers like the soul-dipped "When the Chips Are Down," which features The Game; and the Eminem-produced "Til the End," an elegiac meditation on mortality tinged with twinkling keys and bolstered by choral flourishes. On the other end of the musical spectrum is the arena-rocking "Playboy" the festive "Heart of Southside," which features G Unit Member Young Buck and horns bigger than your speakers; and the melodically cacophonous "Perfect Match," where Banks teams up with Brooklyn's Fabolous to exchange pearled strings of witty bon mots geared at the fairer sex. The Hunger For More's first single, the party-starting "On Fire" proves that Banks' music is at home in the clubs as it is the streets. "My record follows the same format of Get Rich Or Die Tryin' and Beg For Mercy but it's just me so it's a whole different sound," says Banks. "I got all new producers. I'd rather break a producer, than do what everybody else does. There's no guarantee that a big name producer is gonna give you that hit record. You can pay $100,000 for one song, there's no guarantee that it's gonna be that one. It's only what you make it. And that's what I'm gonna show everyone."

Lloyd Banks was born Christopher Lloyd twenty-two years ago and raised in Jamaica, Queens. "My mom is Puerto Rican, my pops is black," he informs. "It was kinda like when I was with my mother's side of the family I was the bad seed, I was the one who was most unlikely to succeed. And then when I was with the black side of the family, I was the angel, because all my uncles are career felons." His parents were young and never married. And his father, who choose to pursue tax-free income on the streets, spent more time behind bars then he did with his son. That left his mother to raise a young man who was close to six feet tall by the 6th grade and who started sprouting facial hair in his early teens. "My mother showed me everything," Banks says. "When I was in the third grade, she took a cucumber and showed me how to put the condom on." Like many kids in the inner city his age, Banks sought to escape the poverty and death of his environment.

Early on he took to writing various musings-ghetto poetry, loose narratives; nothing quite structured, though he was influenced by rap gods like Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. "I listened to Big Daddy Kane a lot, cause that's what my pops listened to," he says. Banks' favorite songs were Rick's "Young World" and Kane's "Smooth Operator," and "Ain't No Half-Steppin'." High school didn't agree with Banks, so he dropped out before his 16th birthday. The freewriting he had been doing had morphed into full-fledged rhymes, but that was a secret. "I never let nobody know I did it," he says. But he soon got his courage up. "I started rhyming outside and everybody started telling me, 'You should shop your material.' This is before I even got in the studio." Banks appeared on local mixtapes becoming one of the neighborhood's best unsigned rappers. His only competition was a childhood friend named Tony Yayo. One day, Tony, along with another childhood friend who rapped under the name 50 Cent, approached Banks with the idea of becoming a group. If Banks wanted to be down, he could be part of the crew that they were calling G Unit. Banks was down. "I always felt like if I was to get into doing rap professionally, I wanted to get into it with somebody who was from my neighborhood," he says. "Who better than people who I've known my whole life?"

Fronted by 50 Cent, the G Unit quickly redefined the urban music industry. They produced a series of street albums with original numbers and high quality artwork, making the discs something more than a bootleg, but not quite an independent release. 50 Cent was soon signed to Shady/Aftermath/ Interscope Records and released the instantly classic, record breaking Get Rich Or Die Tryin', on which Banks was featured. Then came G Unit's Beg For Mercy, which was still riding high in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 after four months on the shelves. Though these successes allowed Lloyd Banks to tour the world multiple times over, one accomplishment means a bit more than all the rest: Earlier this year, Banks was anointed as 2003's Mixtape Artist of the Year due to his appearance on G Unit mixtapes as well as his own Money in the Bank series. "I take pride in that cause I'm not qualified for a MTV Awards or a Vibe Awards or Grammys or any of that yet," says Banks. "I got my name through the mixtapes."

That's why people know Lloyd Banks today. That's where it built from. I skipped what a lot of rappers have to go through to get put on. I skipped Making the Band, I skipped [106 & Park's] Freestyle Fridays, the Lyricist Lounge -I skipped all that. I made my name on the mixtapes, on the streets. And that's the hardest thing to get right there." Despite so many things going his way, Lloyd Banks is not prepared to take it easy. "People will tell me all the time, 'Look at your set up. You&..39;re guaranteed to make it.' I get upset when I hear that. Ain't nobody guaranteed nothing. I feel like they're looking at the situation wrong cause I don't take advantage of nobody. I don't work less because you're working harder. I work real, real hard even though I know 50's there. He's there, he supports me 110%, but I don't want to put no extra pressure on him when I can do it. At the end of the day, I find myself working twice as hard."

Working twice as hard and still hungry.

Bone Thugs N Harmony: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony 1991: “B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e” forms, consisting of Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Wish Bone Flesh-N-Bone & Bizzy Bone. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony releases Faces of Death under the name Bone Enterpri$e.

1993: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony audition live backstage for Eazy-E. He signs them to Ruthless Records on the spot.

June 1994: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release their first real album Creepin On Ah Come Up which went on to be 4X Platinum Certified.

1995: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release E.1999 Eternal which debut at #1 on top of the pop charts. The album is ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, and to this day, showing up in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums chart on a regular basis. This album goes 6x Platinum. Their biggest hit "Tha Crossroads" went to win a Grammy. Eazy-E passes away from AIDS.

1997: Bone thugs-n-harmony release their double disc album The Art of War. This disc goes 4x Platinum.

1998: Bone Thugs~N~Harmony release The Collection Volume 1.

2000: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release BTNHResurrection which stops all rumors that they are broken up. This disc goes 2x Platinum. Bone thugs-n-harmony release The Collection Volume Two.

2002: Bone thugs-n-harmony release Thug World Order

2003: Bone thugs-n-harmony off Ruthless Records.

2004: Ruthless Records releases Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Greatest Hits and Greatest Videos DVD. Greatest Hit’s goes 2x Platinum.

2006: May of 2006, Bone Thugs ink a monumental deal with Interscope Records.

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