Exclusive: Bone Thugs N Harmony Break-Up Not Shocking, "It's Hard To Keep A Group Like that Together For Years"

Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After last month's publicized back-and-forth war of words following Krayzie Bone's departure from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ohio native producer J. Rawls shares his reaction to the internal conflict.

From Rawls' perspective, fans should realize hip-hop break-ups are a natural part of progression in artists' careers.

"That's all part of growing up and just life," Rawls told SOHH referencing Krayzie Bone's decision to pursue a solo career. "Look back at Pete Rock and CL [Smooth], you don't want any group like that to break up because they're two icons who paved the way for artists these days like Bone. But it happens. When I first met Bizzy Bone, we talked about it briefly but not too much, and he said everybody grows apart and that makes sense. You get money, you get fame, things happen. Ideas and attitudes change, egos, so it's a part of life. It's a fact of life. It's hard to keep a group like that together for years. It happens and I guess that's all I can say. I hate to say that but it's a part of life and not even just in hip-hop but in life." (SOHH)

Last month, remaining members Flesh-N-Bone and Layzie Bone said Krayzie's decision to leave was hurting their legacy.

TMZ spoke with two of the remaining members, Flesh-n-Bone and Layzie Bone -- who told us they think Krayzie is a "dumb f**k" for leaving the group because Bone Thugs "made him who he is." In fact, Flesh tells us, "Krayzie might as well say 'F**k Eazy-E' because he is disrespecting Eazy-E's legacy by leaving the group." FYI -- Eazy-E is credited with discovering the group back in the early '90s. Flesh says the group will continue to record music -- adding, "Let [Krayzie] walk away ... Bone Thugs will be here regardless. The group will not be affected by Krayzie going ... he knows where home is." (TMZ)

Flesh had also hit the airwaves to dish out his personal feelings toward Krayzie.

"What the f*ck do people mean it ain't no BoneThugs-N-Harmony, because Krayzie's b*tch a** decided he wanted to quit? Man f*ck Krayzie homie. Put that in the paper. Check this out, check this out...Bone Thugs-N-Harmony gonna keep moving as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony man...Bone Thugs-N-Harmony don't consist of no mother f*ckin Krayzie Bone man, it consists of Flesh, Bizzy, Wish -- and Layzie. Just because one n*gga decided to quit don't mean its over for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony...Listen to what I'm telling you, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is on a world wild motherf*cking tour." (Z-107.9)

Krayzie turned heads after announcing his departure and said it was a natural part of his growth as an artist.

"I will no longer be a part of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony," Krayzie revealed in a video. "Due to uncontrollable circumstances, it's basically time for me to move on and just start embarking on different endeavors I've already had planned in my life. Just trying to go to a whole other level in the music game, I am trying to grow and become greater at what I do." (Bone Thugs Promotion)

Check out Flesh-N-Bone speaking on Krayzie Bone below:

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