Thug Stories

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Thug Stories
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ReleasedSeptember 19, 2006 (2006-09-19)
Recorded2005
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Length43:25
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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony chronology
Bone 4 Life
(2005)
Thug Stories
(2006)
Strength & Loyalty
(2007)
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Thug Stories is the sixth studio album by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, released September 19, 2006 on Koch Records. [3] It marked the first time Bone recorded as a trio for a full album, as Bizzy Bone had parted with the group. Upon release, the album sold 40,000 units in its first week, eventually peaking at number 25 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Independent Album Charts. [4] Thug Stories was the group's first major label LP length release since 2002's Thug World Order Ruthless Records. As of April 11, 2007, it has sold 92,465 copies. [5]

Contents

Songs and music

Featuring a slightly matured style with this LP, the group leaned more heavily towards its harmonic roots than its "thug" origins. The tracks "She Got Crazy", "So Sad", and "Call Me" center on the members' past and present issues with women; while "Don't Stop", "Do It Again", and "Thug Stories" serve as ex-post-facto anthems. "Fire" boasts of Bone's superior flowing skills while simultaneously showcasing them. Krayzie and Layzie bite into the microphone with their signature rapid-fire delivery on the track "What You See (Reload)" as the album transitions towards a glimpse of The Thugs' evolution. "Stand Not In Our Way" flouts the temptations of "Beelzebub" and touts faith in "Yahweh" in hypnotic fashion. Reggae overtones fuel the sequel "Still No Surrender", while a great disdain for law enforcement ignites the track. The ominous narrative "This Life" rounds out the album with tales of hopelessness and a flavor unique to Bone.

Track listing

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Intro"Kenny McCloud2:01
2."Call Me"Steve Pageot4:47
3."Thug Stories" The Platinum Brothers 4:05
4."She Got Crazy" DJ U-Neek 3:25
5."Don't Stop"Steven Estiverne3:09
6."Do It Again"Mally Mall3:44
7."So Sad"Kush N Kato3:27
8."Fire"DJ Mauly T4:43
9."What You See (Reload)"Kush N Kato3:00
10."Stand Not In Our Way"Big Rush3:52
11."Still No Surrender" The Platinum Brothers 3:02
12."This Life"Kush N Kato4:06

Personnel

Musicians

Production

Appearances

Chart positions

Album

Chart (2006)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 25
U.S. Top Independent Albums1
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 7

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References

  1. Okayplayer review [ permanent dead link ]
  2. RapReviews review
  3. Thug Stories > Overview
  4. Thug Stories > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
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