On a Friday night in my college town of Corvallis, Oregon, I stood by myself, eating beef jerky, outside a nightclub where all five members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony were to perform. I'd gotten approval from the thugs camp to do an interview, then pitched it to The Source, which emphatically approved the interview. I was told Layzie would be looking for me. "EMILY?!" Layzie exclaimed. With a mouth full of beef jerky, I nodded.
Layzie pulled me backstage and introduced me to each of the members, and finally their manager. At the end of the night, their manager made the executive decision to postpone the interview, but told me if I was able to make it up to Seattle the following day, they'd adopt me and give me an interview. So, the following morning I packed a bag and made the four hour trek to Seattle.
They put me up in a hotel and, as promised, adopted me. I tagged along with them to soundcheck, dinner, and hung out backstage during both of their sold out shows that night. I was treated like family, met some of their children, and was asked to participate in the pre-show prayer led by Krayzie.
The interview initially ran as a five day, five piece feature on The Source. Peep it below: