Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (featuring all 5 original members)
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American hip hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals. In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song "Tha Crossroads". Since its conception in the early 1990s the group has been honored with numerous other awards. Bone Thugs are also the only artist to do acts with Eazy-E, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are also recognized as one of the most successful hip-hop groups selling 50 million records.
Hailing from Skokie, Illinois, Eddie Franks is using his passion for music to build a platform from which he can be heard. He began writing rhymes during his early teenage years and has now developed his own style and personality that will leave its mark in the rap game.
After years of writing raps, Mr. Franks (formerly known as CuFF) finally hit the stage for the first time in 2006 in Athens, Ohio, while attending Ohio University. He did many short performances and several freestyle battles at the Hip Hop Shop to gain respect and generate a buzz within the local community. Through the Hip Hop Shop Eddie met J Mei (Morgantown, WV), Tone Capone (Lexington, KY), and J Pesc (Cleveland, OH) and the four rappers formed the Iron MCs in 2008. They shut the mic down at multiple venues in Athens and performed in front of thousands at 6Fest in 2009. The Iron MCs released a music video for the track, “White Shoes”, back in 2010.
As for his solo career, Eddie released his debut album, "The Brain Storm"(under the alias of CuFF), in February of 2009. Franks’ single, “Slave to the Mic”, earned a spot on a compilation album for the Chicago-based record label, Windy City Records, in 2010. The album was produced by Youngstown, Ohio native, Brent Socie. Socie was also the main producer and engineer on the second album, "The End of the Beginning”, which hit the streets in April of 2011.
Franks graduated from Ohio University in June of 2011. In Athens, OH, he has performed at venues such as The Union, Casa Cantina, The Pigskin, and 19 South. In Chicago, IL, Franks has torn up the mic at The Elbo Room, The Tonic Room, and Subterranean. In February of 2011, Franks opened for Freddie Gibbs at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. Eddie Franks is currently living in Skokie and working on a mixtape titled, “Life Is…” due at the beginning of the summer of 2012. Along with the mixtape, Franks will be releasing a music video for the track, “Somebody Else”, produced by DJ Coutz. Video produced by Cat Party Productions. Stay tuned for more to come!!!
A-Hi is an artist, song writer and former DJ from Chicago, Illinois. Born Arthur Lee Highley Jr., he became a fan of Hip-Hop at an early age. After hearing the song "Juicy" by the Notorious B.I.G., he was hooked! As the son of a military officer, his family moved to and settled in California. It was around this time when his inherent passion for Hip Hop had developed. He was influenced by his father, who also pursued a Rap career in the 1990s, then known as BlackIce. Since A-Hi was 9 years old, he set on a path of his own into the world of Hip Hop. From starting a group with his best friend, to performing at talent shows at school. In high school, he focused on DJ'ing, spinning at local parties on the weekends. Through experiencing these various elements, his love for MC-ing grew deeper. By 2004, A-Hi began attending college at the University of San Francisco. While in his Sophomore year he met Joseph Crisol, who was an aspiring producer. A-Hi was also introduced to Tony Try and the Bay Area Hip Hop crew, Disciples of Rhythm (DOR). Bboying, Graphing, MC-ing and DJing, they covered all aspects of the culture. Over the years, they would each write and produce together as a brotherhood. Performing all over the Bay, this group of friends shared their passion. It was with this group, A-Hi was able to push his craft, further...Today, as he continues on the journey paved by his desire, A-Hi is optimistic. Like the tireless work ethic of his father, A-Hi has always been very determined. Staying true to his morals of honesty and integrity, he has persevered in faith. Now performing with The FORMAT Music Group, the future is bright with new hope. Packed with his many life experiences and influences, A-Hi's work is voyage.