E. 1999 Eternal

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E. 1999 Eternal
E 1999 Eternal cover.jpg
Studio album by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Released July 25, 1995
Recorded August 1994 – May 1995
Trax Recording Studios
Los Angeles,CA, U.S.
Genre Gangsta Rap, G-Funk, Horrorcore
Length 57:18 (clean version)
68:06 (explicit version)
71:52 (re-release)
Label Ruthless, Relativity
Producer

Eazy-E (exec.)

DJ U-Neek (exec.)
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony chronology
Creepin on ah Come Up
(1994)
E. 1999 Eternal
(1995)
The Art of War
(1997)
Singles from E. 1999 Eternal
  1. "1st of tha Month"
    Released: June 15, 1995
  2. "East 1999"
    Released: November 21, 1995
  3. "Tha Crossroads"
    Released: February 1, 1996

E. 1999 Eternal is the second studio album by American hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, released July 25, 1995, on Ruthless Records. The album was released four months after the death of rapper Eazy-E, the group's mentor and the executive producer of the album. Both the album and single "Tha Crossroads" are dedicated to him. Following up on the surprise success of their breakthrough single "Thuggish Ruggish Bone", it became a popular album and received positive reviews from music critics, earning praise for the group's melodic rapping style. The album title is a portmanteau of the then-future year 1999 and Cleveland's eastside neighborhood centering around East 99th Street and St. Clair Avenue where the group is based from.

E. 1999 Eternal became the group's best-selling album, with over five million copies sold in the United States and ten million worldwide. It topped the US Billboard 200 for two consecutive weeks. The album was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, ultimately losing to Naughty by Nature's Poverty's Paradise at the 1996 Grammy Awards.[1]

In 2015, the group toured in support of the 20th anniversary of the album, performing in it's entirety for the first time.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C[3]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
NME (7/10)[6]
Q 5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine (favorable)[9]
Vibe (favorable)[10]
RapReviews 10/10 stars[11]

Upon release, E. 1999 Eternal was met with widespread critical acclaim. Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic described it as "an impressive debut full-length that dismisses any notion that the group was merely a one-hit wonder" and claims that it "maintains a consistent tone, one that's menacing and somber, produced entirely by DJ U-Neek, a Los Angeles-based producer who frames the songs with dark, smoked-out G-funk beats and synth melodies." The Source hailed E. 1999 Eternal as one of The Top 100 Rap Albums of 1990s, giving it a 4 1/2 mic rating.[2] Cheo H. Coker of the Los Angeles Times gave the album a near perfect three and a half stars out of a possible four, stating "This Cleveland-based quartet has raised the stakes of the gangsta rap game, not only in terms of pure, gritty excess, but also in rhyme-style, cadence and delivery. Bone isn't content to just shoot at that next emcee or punk in their neighborhood; they'll harmonize about it too, mixing graphic imagery with old-fashioned street-corner crooning. Essentially, this is a West Coast-style dancehall record, complete with heavy-looped bass lines, electronic gunshots, warped-out dub sounds and fast-paced rhyming style mixed with harmonizing that the Jamaicans call singjay. No change in subject matter: just bloody shoot-'em braggadocio, laced with ominous piano samples. This is the kind of album that starts out good and gets better with repeated listenings--as the dark, subliminal references clear up. Easily one of the most worthwhile rap purchases of the year." In a second thought review by Stylus, the album was described as "Lyrically speaking, Bone Thugs have much in common with countless mainstream rap acts. The themes running throughout E.1999 Eternal are familiar—drugs, violent crime and death make regular appearances. It’s the manner in which the lyrics are framed and delivered that makes the group such a bizarre proposition. Bone Thugs had a melodic flow—frequently delivered in unison—that bordered on singing. They could rap together at a lightning fast pace, without losing their sweetness." Stylus also praised producer DJ U-Neek for his production style on the album stating "The album was entirely produced by DJ U-Neek (although he did collaborate on some tracks), endowing cohesiveness to the unique Bone Thugs sound. U-Neek was, like the vocal group members of Bone Thugs, unorthodox in the rap field. It wouldn’t be far off to describe him as a songwriter as well as a producer. He was always keen to flesh out interesting sounds—usually based around rumbling piano chords, mellotron and synthesised strings. Yet, the focus was largely on song craft and melody—the album frequently strays into gloomy territory, but never loses its sense of tunefulness. The beats were not particularly striking—usually low-key and sluggish, but the album’s strengths are not rhythm-related."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Da Introduction"  
U-Neek 4:28
2. "East 1999"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C[a]
4:24
3. "Eternal"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C[a]
  • Kenny McCloud[a]
4:06
4. "Crept and We Came"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C[a]
5:06
5. "Down '71 (The Getaway)"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C
U-Neek 4:52
6. "Mr. Bill Collector"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C[a]
5:04
7. "Budsmokers Only"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C
U-Neek 3:34
8. "Crossroad"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C[a]
3:27
9. "Me Killa"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • U-Neek
  • McCloud[a]
0:58
10. "Land of tha Heartless"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • McCloud
  • U-Neek
  • Bone[a]
3:08
11. "No Shorts, No Losses"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • McCloud
  • U-Neek
  • Bone[a]
4:54
12. "1st of tha Month"  
U-Neek 5:15
13. "Buddah Lovaz"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C[a]
4:43
14. "Die Die Die"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
U-Neek 2:51
15. "Mr. Ouija 2"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • U-Neek
  • Bone[a]
1:19
16. "Mo' Murda"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C
  • U-Neek
  • Tony-C[a]
5:47
17. "Shotz to tha Double Glock (feat. Gates, Poetic Hustla'z & Tombstone)"  
  • Bone
  • U-Neek
  • Poetic Hustla'z
  • Graveyard Shift
  • McCloud
  • U-Neek
  • McCloud[a]
4:44
Notes

Samples[edit]

# Title Samples
1. "Da Introduction" "In The Rain" by The Dramatics
3. "Eternal" "Character Bios Theme" from Eternal Champions by Joe Delia, Adrian Van Velsen, John Hart and Jeff Marsh
7. "Budsmokers Only" "Reasons" by Earth, Wind & Fire
8. "Crossroad" "Bad Ending Theme" from Eternal Champions by Joe Delia, Adrian Van Velsen, John Hart and Jeff Marsh
9. "Me Killa" "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March
12. "1st of Tha Month" "I Just Wanna Be Your Girl" by Michael Powell
13. "Buddah Lovaz" "Choosey Lover" by The Isley Brothers
14. "Die Die Die" "Breakthrough" by Isaac Hayes
16. "Mo Murda" "I'd Rather Be With You" by Bootsy's Rubber Band
18. "Tha Crossroads" "Make Me Say It Again Girl Part 1 & 2" by The Isley Brothers

Personnel[edit]

  • Eric "Eazy-E" Wright - Executive Producer, Album Concept
  • D.J. U-Neek - Producer, Recording
  • Layzie Bone - Producer
  • Anne Catalino - Engineer
  • Aaron Connor - Engineer and Recording
  • Don Cunningham - Design and Art Direction
  • Tony Cowan - Recording
  • Madeleine Smith - Sample Clearance

Appearances[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart positions from Billboard magazine (North America)

Year Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1995 1 1

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1995 1st of tha Month 14 12 4 13
East 1999 62 39 8
1996 Tha Crossroads 1 1 1 21

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[12] 54
Preceded by
Dreaming of You by Selena
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 12–19, 1995
Succeeded by
Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grammy Best Rap Albums Winners. About.com. Retrieved on 2010-08-17.
  2. ^ a b "E. 1999 Eternal". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1995). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice (November 28) (New York). Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ David Browne (1995-08-04). "E. 1999 Eternal Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Album Reviews : BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY *** 1/2, "E.1999 Eternal" Relativity - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1995-07-22. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  6. ^ a b "Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E 1999 Eternal CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 1998-11-24. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  7. ^ S.H. Fernando Jr. (1995-11-02). "Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: E. 1999 Eternal : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-05-06. Retrieved 2012-06-25 Crtiical response.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ The new Rolling Stone album guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  9. ^ "Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E.1999 Eternal - On Second Thought". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  10. ^ Vibe - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  11. ^ http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_e1999eternal.html
  12. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 

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