Bizzy Bone

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Bizzy Bone
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Bizzy Bone – Live in Concert 2009
Background information
Birth nameBryon Anthony McCane II
Also known asLil' Ripsta
Born (1976-09-12) September 12, 1976 (age 42)
Columbus Ohio, U.S.
GenresHip hop, Chopper, Midwest hip hop
Years active1991–present
Labels
Associated actsBone Thugs-n-Harmony, Eazy-E, Bone Brothers, 2Pac, Bad Azz, DMX, DJ Quik, Immature, Mr. Capone-E, The Notorious B.I.G.

Bryon Anthony McCane II (born September 12, 1976),[1] better known by his stage name Bizzy Bone, AKA Lil' Ripsta, is an American rapper and the youngest member of the Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

Early life[edit]

Bryon Anthony McCane II was born in Columbus, Ohio. In 1980, 4-year-old Bryon and his two sisters were abducted and held captive for over two years by his stepfather. Both his sisters were natural children of Bryon's stepfather. The children were put into the back seat of a car and driven away while their mother was at work. He says that at first, he did not know he had been kidnapped and was made to believe that his mother and grandmother were dead. During the time he was abducted he lived in many homes, apartments, cars, and motels, all in Northern Oklahoma. He was often beaten, tortured, and sexually assaulted. In 1983, the "family" had been living on the Kaw Indian Reservation in Kaw, Oklahoma for about a year-and-a-half. A babysitter saw his photo at the end of the made-for-TV movie Adam about the producer and creator of America's Most Wanted, John Walsh's son's abduction, and called the police, resulting in his return to his family.[2]

When he was thirteen Bryon went to live with his oldest sister at her home near Cleveland, Ohio. During this period he met Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone and Flesh-n-Bone. Bizzy Bone started in hip-hop as a founding member of the group Bone Enterprise, which was formed in 1992. This Cleveland-based crew first got the ear of N.W.A founder Eazy-E who bestowed the moniker Thugs-n-Harmony on the group. In 2002, he appeared on the FOX series America's Most Wanted (hosted by John Walsh, Adam's father) [3] and he revealed his abusive childhood and molestation. Bryon also wrote and performed a song on the show titled "A.M.W." in which he thanks Walsh and encourages abused children to come forward.[4]

Career[edit]

Bizzy Bone started his solo career in 1998. He is best known for his style of combining rapid-fire raps, double harmony choruses, with a soft-spoken and high-pitched delivery. His solo debut, Heaven'z Movie, was critically acclaimed and certified Platinum by the RIAA.

The Gift, released on April 7, 2001, peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Independent Albums chart. Many of the songs on the album dealt with his personal life and childhood.

In 2004, Bizzy released Alpha and Omega which showed a change in his musical and lyrical content. Fans responded positively to the album. Bizzy followed up with the limited-edition internet album The Beginning and the End (album).

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  1. Cutthroat Alley (2003) .... Ghetty
  2. Jacked Up (2001) .... Zach
  3. Beef III DVD (2006) .... himself
  4. What Now (2015) .... B Murda

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008) Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–2006, Record Research, ISBN 978-0-89820-172-7, p. 97
  2. ^ "Bizzy Bone ; Music Videos, News, Photos, Tour Dates, Ringtones, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bizzy Bone News – Yahoo! Music". New.music.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
  4. ^ Constantine, Tim. (October 16, 2015) Communities — Voices and Insights – Washington Times. Communities.washingtontimes.com. Retrieved on 2015-10-20.

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