Bone Thugs n’ Harmony in Manila: A crowd-pleasing concert with rapid-fire raps

The Grammy Award-winning rap group performs in Manila

Stephen Lavoie

Published: 1:30 PM September 8, 2018

Updated: 6:13 PM September 8, 2018

BONE THUGS N' HARMONY. The rap group performs in Manila. All photos by Stephen Lavoie

The iconic hip-hop group Bones Thugs-N-Harmony performed at the Mall of Asia Arena recently, bringing their old school rap charm to the country. It’s the second visit to Manila for the US-based rap artists who started out in Cleveland, Ohio in the early 90’s.

The creative stage names of the 5-member group are Bizzy Bone, Flesh N Bone, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone and Wish Bone. Three of them flew in for the Manila crowd, with DJ Pozition as the official DJ in the background on board-work.

The physical arrangement of the arena for the night pushed the staging forward a bit more than normal, accommodating a modest-sized crowd in an intimate fashion. 

Aside from local hip-hop icon Gloc-9, rising rapper Shanti Dope, and Blaze N’ Kane, there were Bone Thug’s official support acts, Ecleezy and GStackSwagg, who took the venue by storm with high-energy raps of their own.

The rappers consistently interacted with the crowd, while utilizing relatively brief remarks which kept the action rolling. As usual, the attendees knew almost every lyric, and the call-and-response segments served their purpose of involving the thrilled fans.

Their quick-tongued rapping style and harmonizing vocals make this legendary rap group recognized as one of the most successful hip-hop acts in the world, selling more than 50 million records internationally.