I appreciate this song way more today than I did back in 1995. This was pushing the genre. This was artistry. Thugs and Harmony? Who would have thought (R.I.P. Eazy-E)? True stories in this one. Listen closely, because it is still valid today. This week’s Re-Release is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “First of the Month“. WAKE UP, WAKE UP!
Following the surprise success of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s summer 1994 anthem “Thuggish Ruggish Bone,” the group returned a year later with E 1999 Eternal, an impressive debut full-length that dismisses any notion that the group was merely a one-hit wonder. From beginning to end, the album 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 Bone Thugs interweave their voices well, trading off verses and harmonizing on the choruses. There are a few standout moments, most notably the Grammy-winning ballad “Tha Crossroads” and the feel-good welfare ode “1st of the Month,” as well as, of course, some obligatory blaze-some-to-this tracks, “Budsmokers Only” and “Buddah Lovaz.” The intermittent tracks are good old-fashioned gangsta rap about murder, drugs, and money. – Allmusic.com