Layzie Bone

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Layzie Bone
Background information
Birth name Steven Howse
Also known as The #1 Assassin, L-Burna, Lil' Layzie
Born (1974-09-23) September 23, 1974 (age 42)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Gangsta rap
Years active 1991–present
Labels Ruthless Records
Mo Thugs Records
BTNH Worldwide
Koch Records
Real Talk Entertainment
RBC Records
Harmony Howse Entertainment[1]
Associated acts Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Eazy-E, Bone Brothers, Mo Thugs, Young Noble, Yukmouth, Snoop Dogg, Twiztid, Tech N9ne, Mr. Capone-E, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Too $hort, Twista, Bow Wow, Dizzy Wright
Website Official Myspace

Steven Howse (born September 23, 1974) is a hip-hop artist known primarily for being a member of the group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He has also has gone by the names L-Burna and The #1 Assassin.[2] He is the younger brother of fellow group member Flesh-N-Bone & cousin of group member Wish Bone. He is also a member of the rap group Bone Brothers and CEO of the record label Harmony Howse Entertainment.[1]

Music career[edit]

The group formed the band B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e (all except for Flesh-N-Bone) and recorded an album entitled Faces Of Death in the studio of their then mentor, Kermit Henderson (Krayzie Bone's younger brother) on his indie label Stoney Burke in 1993. After this Layzie and the rest of the Bone Family boarded a Greyhound Bus to Los Angeles where they worked with notable producer and rapper Eazy-E and his Ruthless/Relativity Records label. Diego Blak (born Diego hodge), a marketer and promoter and co-executive producer of Faces Of Death introduced them to Eazy-E at a concert he promoted in Cleveland, Ohio where they auditioned for him in his dressing room and then traveled back to Los Angeles, California after the show to seal the deal. At this point Eazy named them Thugs-n-Harmony but they wanted to keep the Bone name so they were called Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.[3]

Solo career, Mo Thugs & Bone Brothers[edit]

Layzie has also promoted the indie label Mo Thugs Records which he and the rest of Bone originated. He released his first solo album Thug By Nature on March 20, 2001 exactly the same day Bizzy Bone released his second solo album The Gift. He also has collaborative albums with Young Noble from The Outlawz and A.K. of Do or Die, solo albums out such as It's Not A Game, The New Revolution, Cleveland, Startin' from Scratch: How A Thug Was Born, and the upcoming solo album to be announced Ruthless. He has had a series of albums with Bizzy Bone; Still Creepin On Ah Come Up and under the name Bone Brothers entitled: Bone Brothers, Bone Brothers 2, Bone Brothers 3. In the fall of 2010, Layzie established a new label, Harmony Howse Entertainment. As of 2011, he and Fredro Starr of the Onyx (group) are planning to release a collaborative EP entitled FireSquad, which is set to be released late 2011. By the middle of 2013, Layzie has announced on Twitter that he is taking a step aside from performing and appearing with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to focus on his solo-career. He's the uncle of the independent rapper, Dizzy Wright.

Layzie is currently working on his latest album Perfect Timing, scheduled to be released on April 20, 2016, Layzie releases Cleveland is The City Featuring Aaron "D-Boyy" Dissell. The song was used by Fox News during the 2015 NBA Finals as the Cleveland Cavaliers theme song.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions RIAA
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B
2001 Thug by Nature (as L-Burna)
  • Released: March 20, 2001
  • Label: Ruthless
- -
2006 The New Revolution
  • Released: August 22, 2006
  • Label: Mo Thugs/Sicness Records
- 69
  • Released: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Mo Thugs/Sicness Records
- -
2007 Startin' from Scratch: How a Thug Was Born
  • Released: July 24, 2007
  • Label: Mo Thugs/X-Ray Records
- -
2008 Thugz Nation
  • Released: Marcus 4, 2008
  • Label: Mo Thugs/Hi-Power Records
- -
2011 The Definition
  • Released: February 22, 2011
  • Label: Harmony Howse/BTNH Worldwide/RBC Records
- -
The Meaning
  • Released: February 22, 2011
  • Label: Harmony Howse/BTNH Worldwide/RBC Records
- -
2016 Perfect Timing
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: Harmony Howse/BTNH Worldwide/TBA
- -

Collaboration albums[edit]


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2001 "Make My Day" w/ Baby S
2005 "Hip Hop Baby" w/ Bizzy Bone & Krayzie Bone
2006 "Livin' Like Kings" w/ Konishiki
"What They Say About Me (remix)" w/ Skant bone Ryan Cain O'Donnell
"Rollercoaster" w/ Bizzy Bone
2009 "Wring Me Out" w/ Big Sloan & Thin C Wes Greeson
2010 "If I Can't Do It" Eric Guerrero
2011 "Hear'em Knockin" w/ Krayzie Bone & Flesh-n-Bone Beejan Iranshad
"Every Night" w/ Bow Wow Meatloaf Yahola
"A New Life" w/ Thin C
"Ain't Nothin to Me" w/ Maybach Dice
"We At It Again" Ryan Cain O'Donnell
2014 "I Hustle"
2015 "Cleveland is The City" (Feat. Aaron "D-Boyy" Dissell)


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  2. ^ Prato, Greg. Allmusic
  3. ^ Adams, Deanna R. (2002). Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection. Kent State University Press. pp. 534–546. ISBN 0-87338-691-4. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Ohio Rapper Donny Arcade Snags Layzie Bone". NBC Right Now. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 

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