Mo Thugs

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Mo Thugs
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active1995–2019
Labels
Past members
Various
    • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
      Romeo Antonio
      Poetic Hustla'z
      II Tru
      The Graveyard Shift
      Ken Dawg
      Souljah Boy
      Tre'
      Felecia
      Skant Bone
      Thug Queen
      Lil Mack
      Potion
      MT5
      DJ Ice
      Emmortal Thugs
      Ra Desperidos
      Jeremy "J-Bone" Howse
      Black Hole of Watts
      Seldom Seen
      Freaky-G
      Thin-C
      Big Sloan
      Skailz
      DJ Caipo
      Rocky Rock
      Dirty Red
      Bino The Great
      Charlie B
      Mickey Ray Sinatra
      Rob Parker
      HC The Chemist
      Havik

Mo Thugs was an American hip hop collective formed and led by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Together, the Mo Thugs collective released four studio albums from 1995 to 2003. Their logo, a pyramid with a fist above it, is symbolic of their achievements; The pyramid stands for longevity, and the fist stands for victory.

History

Due to their success in 1996 Bone Thugs established their own Mo Thugs Records to introduce many of the Cleveland-based and other artists that they were developing. The group's first album, Family Scriptures was released in November 1996 produced by Romeo Antonio. The album was a success, peaking at No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (held from the top spot of both charts by Tupac Shakur's The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory ), and reaching platinum status for sales over one million copies.

Mo Thugs followed Family Scriptures in 1998 with Chapter II: Family Reunion which was then followed by Mo Thugs III: The Mothership in 2000, and The Movement in 2003.

In 2010, Layzie Bone restructured the company, branding Harmony Howse Ent. as the new parent company over Mo Thugs, governing the regional satellite branches of the ever-expanding Mo Thugs Family, such as Mo Mo Thugs West, and the rest of the Mo Thugs Affiliates worldwide.

Past and present artists include: Felecia, Poetic Hustla'z, II Tru, Graveyard Shift, Romeo Antonio, Ken Dawg, Souljah Boy, Tre', Skant, Thug Queen, Powder P, Potion, MT5, DJ Ice, Emmortal Thugs, Desperados, Lil Mack Black Hole of Watts, Dirty Red, Thin-C, Big Sloan Bone, Rocky Rock, Jeremy, Freaky G, Capone, Seldom Seen, Cat Cody, Flesh-n-Bone (who was on Def Jam until 1999) and others.

Discography

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<i>Chapter II: Family Reunion</i> 1998 studio album by Mo Thugs

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Trials & Tribulations is the first and only studio album by American hip hop group Poetic Hustla'z. It was released on November 11, 1997 via Mo Thugs/Relativity Records. Production was handled by Romeo Antonio, Touch Tone, Poetic Hustla'z, and Krayzie Bone, who also served as executive producer together with Layzie Bone. It features guest appearances from Flesh-n-Bone, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Potion and Wish Bone. The album peaked at number 96 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

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