Bone Thugs-N-Harmony investing in local artists to expand Cleveland's music scene

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony investing in local artists to expand Cleveland's music scene

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland rap group, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony put the city on the hip hop scene over 20 years ago.

With their melodic tones and creative delivery the group became household names overnight.

Today, they still have records in the works, but their focus has changed a little bit.

The group has shifted their focus from making hits to bringing others along with them.

"We need to stop the cycle of - if you're from Ohio, you have to leave to be discovered.

You don't have to go to New York or Los Angeles, we're right here."

Krayzie Bone

Krayzie Bone and Wishbone were in attendance at Kevante's Bar and Lounge in Richmond Heights to showcase some local artists.

Wednesday night's event was the first of many, as he looks to find new talent, and propel their careers to the next level.

"Cleveland is a really talented city," Wishbone preached, "people just need an outlet."

The dimly lit venue offered patrons good vibes, good food and even better music.

As accomplished artists, Bone just wanted to give locals at platform show their skill.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony signed to Ruthless Records off the endorsement of Eazy-E back in 1994.

The group sold millions of records, from songs like  "Crossroads" to "1st of the month."

They traveled around the world singing songs, but they always made a point to bring the city with them.

"We're not saying sign with us or be with us, it's just giving (artists) a chance to shine, Wishbone said.

The group members are adjusting to their mentorship roles well, "We had to learn the game," Krayzie said, "Now it's about taking that knowledge and passing it on."

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