Thug Mentality 1999

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Thug Mentality 1999
Krayzie Bone - Thug Mentality 1999.jpg
Studio album by Krayzie Bone
Released April 6, 1999
Recorded 1997–1998
Studio
Genre
Length 2:14:12
Label
Producer
Krayzie Bone chronology
Thug Mentality 1999
(1999)
Thug on da Line
(2001)
Singles from Thug Mentality 1999
  1. "Thug Mentality"
    Released: March 20, 1999
  2. "Paper"
    Released: October 1999

Thug Mentality 1999 is the debut solo album by American rapper Krayzie Bone. It was released April 6, 1999 on Ruthless Records, Relativity Records and Mo Thugs Records. The album featured a large selection of guest appearances, including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Mariah Carey, The Marley Brothers, Big Pun, Fat Joe, Cuban Link, Gangsta Boo, E-40, 8 Ball & MJG, Kurupt, Treach and Snoop Dogg. The album was supported by two singles: "Thug Mentality" and "Paper". The album's lead single, titled "Thug Mentality" was released on March 20, 1999. The song was produced by Michael Seifert. It peaked at number 47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and at number 36 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Thug Mentality 1999 debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 140,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. The album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in May 10, 1999.[1] The album has sold 1,000,000 copies in the United States. The albums marks the first solo album by a member of Bone thugs-n-harmony.

Background[edit]

The album featured a large selection of guest appearances, including singer Mariah Carey and rappers Snoop Dogg, Big Pun and more.

In an interview with HipHopDX, Krayzie Bone spoke on the creation of the album:

I’d have to say that was the easiest album to make because I had so much material and so much stuff backed up. We was fresh, still not that far from being on the streets. I still had a lot of material that I had that I wanted to get off my chest. It was a breeze. A lot of those tracks, I had the ideas [first] and then I went in and laid them straight out. Some of the stuff was from what we didn’t use from Art Of War. On Art Of War, I would basically start the songs off and everyone else would just come in and do what they do. What dudes didn’t use, I just kept stashed away and when it was time work on my album, I just brought them out.[2]

Krayzie Bone wrote and recorded over 150 songs for the album, of which thirty-eight made the album's final cut as a double album.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, titled "Thug Mentality" was released on March 20, 1999. The song was produced by Michael Seifert. It peaked at number 47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and at number 36 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. [3] The album's second single, titled "Paper" was released on October 1999. The song was produced by Krayzie Bone himself. The song's accompanying music video was later released that year.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
RapReviews 5/10 [6]

Thug Mentality 1999 was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic gave Thug Mentality 1999 a 3/5 rating and wrote: "Krayzie doesn't hesitate to accentuate the already smooth surfaces of his music. Some of these cuts are positively smoove, which stands in direct contrast to the gangstafied lyrics, but that's always been a part of the Bone trademark." He also criticized the excessive amount of songs that made the final cut on the album and he wrote: "Krayzie tries to keep it interesting by varying the flow, never putting too many similar tracks next to each other, but who the hell can make it through 38 tracks of this without a breather, even if some cuts are skits? It may be a cliche to say that this double-record would have been much more potent if it was trimmed to a single disc, but that doesn't make it less true, especially since there are enough songs to make a very good record, possibly one of the best things Krayzie has been involved with." [4] Entertainment Weekly gave Thug Mentality 1999 an B+ rating and wrote: "Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony’s main man gets millennial with a 38-track double CD, the best solo release so far from one of the Ohio speed rappers." [5] Rap Reviews gave Thug Mentality 1999 a 5/10 rating and wrote: "Krayzie displays a wide range of flows and deliveries, often on single tracks. The opener "Heated Heavy" is impressive because it features quite possibly the fastest rapping I've ever heard—if there was any question, Krayzie could give Twista a run for his money any day." [6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Thug Mentality 1999 debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 140,000 album-equivalent units in its first week. The album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in May 10, 1999.[1] The album has sold 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro (Thug Invasion)" Anthony Henderson   2:00
2. "Heated Heavy" Henderson Krayzie Bone 3:07
3. "Paper" Krayzie Bone 4:32
4. "The Messenger (Skit)" Henderson   2:20
5. "Payback Iz A Bitch" (featuring Bam)
  • Henderson
  • E. Townsend
  • T. Gray
Erik "E" Nordquist 3:39
6. "(Relay) Thugline" (featuring Relay)
  • Henderson
  • L. Wright
  • D. Lackey
  • A. Lackey
  • V. Bahar
  • R. Coes
Nightfiend 4:09
7. "Dummy Man (Skit)"   0:29
8. "Dummy Man"
  • Henderson
  • Romeo Antonio
Romeo Antonio 3:12
9. "Thugz All Ova Da World" (featuring Treach)
  • Henderson
  • R. Coes
  • Anthony Criss
Nightfiend 3:36
10. "Street People" (featuring Niko)
  • Henderson
  • N. Williams
  • E. Nordquist
Erik "E" Nordquist 4:31
11. "Pimpz, Thugz, Hustlaz & Gangstaz" (featuring 8Ball & MJG & Layzie Bone)
  • Henderson
  • Steven Howse
  • T. Jones
  • Premmro Smith
  • Marlon Goodwin
5:14
12. "Da Bullshit (Skit)" Henderson   0:37
13. "Drama"
  • Henderson
  • T. Cowan
Tony "C" 3:26
14. "World War"
  • Henderson
  • E. Nordquist
Erik "E" Nordquist 3:03
15. "The War Iz On" (featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt & Layzie Bone)
  • Steve Pageot
  • Dewey "Duke" Sanders
4:31
16. "When I Die" (featuring Fat Joe, Big Pun & Cuban Link)
  • Henderson
  • J. Cartagena
  • C. Rios
  • F. Delgado
  • F. Moore
  • K. Gist
  • KayGee
  • Falonte Moore
4:03
17. "Thug Alwayz" (featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
4:22
18. "Thug Mentality"
  • Henderson
  • M. Seifert
Michael Seifert 4:22

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Murda Won't Stop (Skit)" Henderson   2:15
2. "Where My Thugz At"
  • Henderson
  • Tim Middleton
DJ U-Neek 4:18
3. "Smokin' Budda"
  • Henderson
  • G. Moss
  • D. Hall
  • J. Oates
Gusto "40" Moss 3:41
4. "Kneight Riduz (Here We Come)"" (featuring Kneight Riduz)
  • Henderson
  • R. Coes
Nightfiend 2:49
5. "Try Me"
  • Henderson
  • A. Marlow
Alex Marlow 4:47
6. "Theze Dayz" (featuring K-Mont, Asu & Bam)
  • Henderson
  • T. Gray
  • E. Britt
  • J. Hargrove
  • E. Nordquist
Erik "E" Nordquist 3:18
7. "Silent Warrior"
  • Henderson
  • R. Antonio
Romeo Antonio 4:31
8. "Shoot The Club Up" Henderson
  • Anthony President
  • Brainz
2:58
9. "Silence" (featuring The Graveyard Shift) Henderson
  • Tombstone
  • Romeo Antonio
2:32
10. "Look At You Now (Skit)" Henderson   4:57
11. "Won't Ez Up Tonight"
  • Henderson
  • R. Coes
Nightfiend 2:11
12. "Sad Song (Skit)" Henderson   3:30
13. "I Still Believe/Pure Imagination" (featuring Mariah Carey)
Damizza 1:28
14. "We Starvin'" (featuring E-40 & Gangsta Boo)
T-Mix 4:07
15. "Smoke & Burn" (featuring Up In Clouds)
  • Henderson
  • L. Jones
  • Krayzie Bone
  • Leiahlola Jones
4:09
16. "Power" (featuring Thug Queen)
  • Henderson
  • K. Greer
  • Krayzie Bone
  • Erick "E" Nordquist[a]
3:54
17. "That's The Way"
  • Henderson
  • Michael Seifert
Michael Seifert 3:25
18. "Armageddon" (featuring Souljah Boy, Mo! Hart, Thug Queen & Felecia)
  • Henderson
  • R. Antonio
  • W. Lyons
Romeo Antonio 4:16
19. "Murda Mo'"
  • Henderson
  • A. Dudley
  • T. Horn
  • J. Jeczalik
  • G. Logan
  • P. Morley
Krayzie Bone 5:35
20. "Revolution" (featuring The Marley Brothers)
  • Henderson
  • S. Marley
  • D. Marley
  • J. Marley
4:17

Notes

Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
United States April 6, 1999 cassette Relativity Records [12]
April 6, 1999 CD [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. 1999-05-10. Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Krayzie Bone: "It Seemed Like The Devil Was Really Against Me"". HipHopDx. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Krayzie Bone - Chart history". Billboard. 1999-05-01. Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Krayzie Bone: Thug Mentality 1999 - Review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Diehl, Matt (April 9, 1999). "Krayzie Bone: Thug Mentality 1999 - Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b T, Pete. "Krayzie Bone Thug Mentality 1999 review". Rap reviews. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Krayzie Bone – Thug Mentality 1999". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Krayzie Bone – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Krayzie Bone.
  9. ^ "Krayzie Bone – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Krayzie Bone.
  10. ^ "Billboard 200 – Year End Chart - Krayzie Bone". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Krayzie Bone – Thug Mentality". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 22, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ a b "Krayzie Bone – Thug Mentality 1999". Discogs (US). Retrieved April 16, 2017.