Thugs On The Bus

November 17, 2008

It is almost like BusRadio WANTS to go out of business.

Today, November 17, 2008, I listened to the morning BusRadio program for high school students.

I heard Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Few things about BusRadio shock me, but this did. I know this group. I know of no other “musical” act that is MORE vulgar than this group. I know of no other act that has MORE violent lyrics or MORE pro-drug lyrics. In 1999, working on a different Obligation project, I first heard of this band and I was appalled. They have gotten worse since then – much worse.

If you don’t know this group’s music consider yourself extremely fortunate, but your luck is about to change. (Be warned: clicking on any of these song title links will take you to uncensored lyrics. Trust me, this group is as bad as it gets.) Some of their big hits include: Def D***, Body Rott (“until these mother******’ cops body rott”), Shoot ‘Em Up, Bad Weed Blues, Weedman, Weed Song, One Night Stand, Thug Luv, Me Killa (“don’t f*** with the Bone”), and, of course, F*** Tha Police.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are all about hate, killing, drugs, guns, and sex. Women are either bitches or whores (“hoes”).

This group has lasted longer than most. Their music and reputation are known. Matthew xxxxxx and Lucia xxxxxxx, the two BusRadio DJs, knew what they were playing for young people. Ed Moloney, the BusRadio programming director, knew this group.

The Bone Thugs song on this morning was “I Tried” off their 2007 CD “Strength & Loyalty.” It “features” Akon, so their are two acts known for their explicit lyrics on this one song.

Other songs on this CD are Wind Blow, Gun Blast, 9mm, … you get the picture.

When BusRadio played “I Tried” they exposed students to a band that sings about killing people. BusRadio can’t get away with the usual, “Our critics are fanatics. We only play clean songs.” BusRadio promoted Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to school students. Some may have never heard the band before. Some will want to hear more.

Below are the lyrics of “I Tried.” The version BusRadio played left out “s***” and the part about “hustling gambling, tricking and scamming.”

Hear for yourself. Here is an audio file of part of this song. You can tell it was played on BusRadio by the phone number they want the riders to call. We have cut out one some of Akon’s chorus just to make the file smaller. You’ll hear the very end of this song go into another one without hearing any DJ banter. The next song is for another article and it be every bit as upsetting to parents and school officials as this article.

I Tried (feat. Akon)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

[Intro (Wish Bone)]

You know nothing come easy, you gotta try real real hard, I tried hard…but I guess I
gotta try harder.

[Chorus (Akon)]

I try so hard can’t seem to get away from misery
man I try so hard
will always be a victim of these streets
it ain’t my fault cause I…
tried to get away but trouble follows me
and still I try so hard
hoping one day you’ll come and rescue me
but until then, I’ll be posted up right here rain sleet hail snow
but until then…
I’ll be posted up right here with my heat getting dough

[Verse 1 (Krayzie Bone)]

First let me explain that I’m just a black man
and I come from the darkside, so I’m having a hard time staying on track man my mind be
racing, and I don’t even know what I’m chasin’ yet I been in and out of relationships, I’m
starting to see thats it’s me where the complications at, but I’m laying back praying that,
you can’t have piece of mind of me, I thought I was right but really I’m wrong, in the end
I was to blind to see, I was in the fast lane chasin’ my dream, and then it seem when the
fame and cash came they just got me going crazy lately, lately, lately I been so faded
trying to erase it but I cant cause the drama just goes greater and I been in so many
collisions from putting s*** up till later

[Chorus (Akon)]

I try so hard…

[Verse 2 (Layzie Bone)]

It’s like I’m taking 5 steps forward and 10 steps back, trying to get ahead of the game,
but I can’t seem to get it on track, and I keep running away from the ones that say they
love me the most how could I create the distance when it’s suppose to be close and uh, I
just don’t know but I be out here fighting demons and, it’s like a curse that I can’t shake
this part of Cleveland and lord, would you help me? and stop this pain I keep inflicting on
my family hustling gambling, tricking and scamming scrambling and losing sight of what I’m
suppose to be handling, it’s hard to manage cause everyday’s a challenge and man I’m slipping
can’t lose my balance I’m trying not to panic

[Chorus (Akon)]

I try so hard…

[Verse 3 (Wish Bone)]

I see thangs won’t change I’m stuck in the game as soon as I get out it keeps pulling me
back mayne got me doin’ dirty dirt so used to this hustlin’ money that I don’t understand
how 9 to 5 work studied on the streets, hustlers know what I mean hustlers balling in force
I’m tryna make that major league so we never leave never, til’ the sun came up gotta get it
nope no leaving no rush today games they play gotta go hard to get what u put in if you fall
off then it’s all on you gotta watch what you sign to try so hard but I won’t play the fool

[Chorus (Akon)]

I try so hard…

Here’s a video from BusRadio-featured artists Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.