In a recent interview, Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony out of Cleveland, Ohio, addressed the past beef the Cleveland rappers had with Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia as well as other Memphis rappers.
Krayzie Bone was asked by hip hop site HipHopDX, about his past relationship with Three 6 Mafia at the time of 1999 when he was working on a solo with Gangsta Boo while his label-mate Bizzy was seemingly still involved in dissing Three 6 Mafia from their past beef.
Krayzie Bone, 40, basically said that they were informed by fan mail that they were getting dissed in Memphis and had no idea that Memphis rappers thought they were stealing the Memphis rap style.
Contrary to that belief, many rappers including Three 6 Mafia, Tommy Wright III, Playa Fly and others including rapper Twista had beef with the group over their style, at the time.
Still Krayzie Bone expressed that he was contacted by a record label familiar with the situation surrounding Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The person, during a conference call, allegedly told them that the rappers were simply “young” and there was no actual beef going on.
Read an except from Krayzie Bone’s interview on the hip hop beef with Memphis rappers Three 6 Mafia.
Krayzie Bone: The whole beef with Three 6, that was something I really never even understood. What was the beef about? From what I hear, it all started when we was reading fan mail back in the day. We went to the office at Ruthless Records and opened up the fan mail. Back then we was tripping off getting fan mail. I had read it and some chick from Memphis was telling me, “There’s this group out here. They made an album that’s on the radio and they dissin’ y’all, saying that y’all stole they style.” I was like, “For real? Who is these dudes?” And she was like, “They call themselves Three 6 Mafia.” So we heard about it, and one time we had a show in Memphis. And we was getting ready to walk into the show and we heard somebody scream out, “Thuggish ruggish bustas!” We turned around, and we was like “What?” We ready to run down there. Our security was telling us, “Y’all getting ready to go on stage and do a show and get paid. They in the parking lot. Let’s keep going and get this money.” I really didn’t understand what the beef was until I talked to somebody on the phone one day. It was a conference call with Relativity Records or Live Records or something. And they was like, “We just want y’all know to know it ain’t no beef, it ain’t no nothing.” All that stuff was stupid. We was young. Everybody was young. I was like, “Cool,” because I wasn’t really trippin’ anyway. So when the opportunity came to work with Gangsta Boo, I was like, “Man, let’s make it happen. Let’s squash some of this beef that’s out there. Let’s do this. It’s about business, for real.”