July 25th, 1995: the day Bone Thugs N Harmony dropped, E.1999 Eternal

By Anton Constantinou 

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Today, Highlight Nation are flashing back to 1995 to celebrate the release of one of hip hop’s mostly highly regarded albums to date. On this very day 20 years ago, west coast rap group Bone Thugs N Harmony dropped, E.1999 Eternal

For those in the know, this album is an elegy to group founder and executive producer, Eazy E- who tragically passed away four months prior to its release. Best known for its grammy award winning single, Tha Crossroads, E.1999 Eternal is as sombre as it is menacing: a melting pot of smoky g funk beats and eerie synth melodies to mirror the group’s trademark fast paced slither tongued rapping.

At the time of its release, many considered Bone Thugs N Harmony to be a one hit wonder. With their first album, Creepin on ah Come Up reaching #2 on the Billboard Top R&B albums of 1994, many assumed that the group would fade away and disintegrate into nothing. Proving the critics wrong, E.1999 Eternal went on to sell over five million copies in the United States and ten million worldwide. It was also nomatinated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, in the end losing out to  Naughty by Nature’s Poverty’s Paradise at the 1996 Grammy Awards.

Rejoice with us today by watching the music video for their biggest and best tune:

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