Bone Crusher – Love
Bone Crusher is artist from Atlanta, most known for his hit, “Never Scared”, which featured T.I. and Killer Mike and was a part of what some consider the golden years of Atlanta Rap.
Interview by: Tyrone Davis
It has been awhile since we’ve heard from you. What are you working on currently?
I have the album, “My Life” and the new single with Raheem Devaughn called, “Vibrations”. I’ve been working on this album for about 10 years. I know that the people will love it and enjoy this new sound I have coming out.
What’s the difference in sound between “My Life” and “AttenCHUN”, which was released in 2003?
“AttenCHUN” was based on the feelings I had at the time, which was anger, stress, and a whole bunch of other things. “My Life” is from where I’m at now which is being a family man, love, having a good time with the music, and enjoying life itself.
You’ve always been more upbeat and energetic in your music. Are we still going to get that or are you more reserved and reflective this go round?
It’s the same energy, just a different type of energy. The only thing that is more powerful than hate is love. I’m in a wonderful relationship with my woman. I’m in a good space with my children. I live in a good place and I feel good about life. Everything about that is an energy I think people will love. The industry needs that at this point because we’re going through a lot as a people and we’re going through a bad spot in our music.
Speaking of today’s music, especially coming from Atlanta, how do you feel about the music being put out today?
I think that everything evolves, but what has happened is the kids don’t respect or emmulate greatness. They don’t go back and listen to the ones who came before them, whereas we did because we had no choice. It was either you do it as good as the ones before you or better or you got no shine. Everybody in Atlanta wants to rap and everybody wants to be seen in front of the camera because they can. We had to have a better stage show than our predecessors, our music had to be produced correctly, and we had to be larger than life for people to be like, “Ooh, what is THAT?!” Now, they just kinda put anything out and it works a little bit. It doesn’t work where they become “stars”, they just get a little shine, but it doesn’t give you the overall view of who they are as artists.
If you knew Atlanta back in the day, it was nothing like it is now. We just had Laface and So So Def at the time. It wasn’t like it is now where everybody has to come to Atlanta to get on. We had to go and fight the New Yorkers. Not physically, but with our music. We had to go takeover the West……we had to do all of that and it was hard. We got clowned a lot but we kept going. That’s the thing about them (new rappers). They have very light shoulders and they’re not really as good as they could be.
Twenty4Seven Magazine aims to show love to a lot of the entertainers who seem to have been forgotten. Times have changed and being that we are speaking of the new era and the kids today, explain to the people that may not know or remember, who Bone Crusher is.
I am Bone Crusher and I was born in the 70’s and grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. I’m from Atlanta. Myself, Lil Jon, Killer Mike, T.I., the Ying Yang Twins, and The Youngbloods came up during the time where there was no music industry in the south. When we came together as a unit and a lot of things
came out of that. You get, “Get Low” with Lil Jon, you get, “Never Scared’ etc. I was a big time underground rapper with a group called, ‘The LGs (Lyrical Giants)” back in the early 90’s all the way up to like 99’ when we stopped doing it. We worked hard. Goodie Mob and Outkast was out there first with Organized Noize, then we came with our sound. We always get praise from the young ones that say, We’re O.Gs’ and we made it possible for them to eat. I appreciate that from them. If anybody knows Bone Crusher, they know I’m always here to help. I try to make them understand that this won’t be here forever if they keep going the route they’re going.
One thing that we were that they aren’t, is honest. Honesty is actually bigger than truth because truth can be perceived in several different ways. Honesty is something that for people is very hard to give and goes along the lines of vulnerability. We weren’t afraid to show you who we were as people. That makes people love you. They feel like, “If he can be like that, then man……I can shine too.” I used to take my shirt off a lot when I would do my shows and a lot of guys (and even women) would be like, “Man, I just can’t believe you’d do that. That gave me a lot of strength. If you can take your shirt off like that and dance around the stage, you just really don’t care.” Yea, I don’t really care, I just be myself. That’s real man. Once you learn how to be you, you can be a better you. A lot of these kids are afraid to be themselves. Its kind of like the blind leading the blind. Give what you want back. You want good money? Give good product.
Trinidad James recently caught some flack from NY artists after he said, “Atlanta runs NY”. How do you feel about the state of NY Hip Hop at the moment, especially being that you mentioned having to fight for your respect in New York?
They were just being themselves. If you want to take on the king, you have to bring a large army and they have to respect the king. When we finally got our spot in the limelight, we got the respect of the king. We didn’t go dissing them by no means. We had our own sound, our own flavor, our own groove. The king looked at us and said, “Those are kings too.” There are a lot of kings around the world and everybody gets a chance to wear the crown. We had a chance to wear the crown and in order to get the respect of the king, you must bring the sound and flavor of kingdom. They (newer artists) are not bringing it, so the king is like, “You’re talking it, but you weren’t really the one who concurred it. They did. So, you’re not really the king. You’re the prince and I’m not listening to what the prince is saying.” That is the problem.
But, at the end of the day, we’re all black. Our parents came from nothing. In order to get where we need to go, we all need to work together. We still wanted to be like them. I looked up to Run DMC, Public Enemy, Kurtis Blow, Nice & Smooth, A Tribe Called Quest, etc. We felt like we could do it too. For us to diss each other on some stupidity is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Ain’t none of us got nothing. The little money we got, doesn’t compare to what we need to have in order for all of our children’s children to have money. We don’t have the wealth. We’re not even rich. We’re ok. Some of us have money. Some of us have a lot of money. Even when we were doing our thing, I still worked with people like Fat Joe and Wyclef. They embraced us and saw us as kings. I don’t embrace the beef at all. It’s stupid.
I’ve worked with quite a few artists myself and a lot of times, they tell me they’re trying to be different. The thing about that is, nothing they do is different at all.
Even if they’re doing what everybody else is doing, they don’t even do that well. Its like you as a writer. Everybody has been a writer. People have made magazines……What’s separating you from the pack is the fact that you respect your craft. You’re emulating great ones before you. By listening to you talk, which means you have education. Education is a very large snake. You’ve read books. The thing that we have that they don’t have is a powerful word that we mentioned earlier when talking about my album is “love”. They don’t have love for what they’re doing so they’re not going to give you everything because they don’t particulary care about it. They’re not in it for the long run so they’re not going to give you what you want because they don’t know what they want out of it. When it comes to me, and hopefully you, because talking to you, you sound like a very intelligent brother, is that I’m not going to put anything out that I wouldn’t want to listen to myself. They’re just doing whatever to get a couple dollars. How many people have you heard say, “I’m not a rapper”? That’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever heard in my life.
I did a photoshoot for a mixtape cover for guy once and when we were finished he said, “All I have to do now is learn how to rap.” At that point, he hadn’t even written or recorded one song ever, but we were shooting a cover.
These young people have lost the rebellion, they’ve lost their anger and their passion. Its sad to see. A good friend of mine, he put himself in it when he said, “We are the worst generation in the history of black people.” He’s a young guy, in his early 20’s. I never thought I’d hear anyone say that. They’re not talking about nothing and they don’t want nothing. Money. Money, man and they’re not even doing what it takes to get the money. They’re don’t even perfect what they’re doing. You’re going to be a photographer today because you just bought a camera and you’re already taking clients?
That’s how it goes and it seems to be a lot of that going around across the board. Just a bunch of people in the way. Other than that, how is your health? Also, tell us more about the new album.
I’m good. I’m in the gym, working out. My wife is always looking at me like I’m crazy so I gotta keep myself together. I’m always battling my weight because I’m fat and I love to eat.
As far as my music, it has been a great run and a wonderful life for me. I have Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem Devaughn, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Pimp C (before he passed away), Too Short, and my artist “Digs” on the project. It is a really good album and I want to share it with you.
How can the people get in contact with you?
Twitter @planetcrusher IG: tHE REALbonecrusher and Bone Crusher on Facebook.