Photographer: Tony Simons Photography

Venue: Wooly’s

Iconic rap legends have been in the game for over a quarter of a century now.

Let that sink in for a second and revel in the fact that – if you can say you were alive and old enough to listen to rap music when Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their debut EP, Creepin on ah Come Up, on Ruthless Records in 1994 like I can say- facts are facts:

We’re all getting old AF.

But that didn’t slow down the Cleveland, Ohio group who have worked with the literal whos-who of the hip-hop game. And they broke out all of the fan favorites, as well as a few new tracks at Wooly’s in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

Blazing through a top-notch set that included tracks like 1st Of The Month, Thuggish Ruggish Bone, and – of course – Crossroads, Bone Thugs also performed some of the songs by other legendary artists that featured Bone, like Notorious B.I.G.‘s Notorious Thugs, as well as covers of the Easy-E classic Boyz-N-Tha-Hood and 2Pac‘s California Love.

Needless to say, an overwhelming cloud of sweet and presumably sticky funk covered the venue for most of the show, but it got particularly skunky during the group’s performance of Bud Smokers Only.

It’s also worth mentioning that Bone Thugs seemed to genuinely enjoy their set and the city of Des Moines. They were highly interactive with the crowd and kept saying how much they “love this fuckin’ place”. Although, I’m sure they’ll likely forget us shortly after heading west to link up with Nelly and Young Joc in Omaha, Nebraska tomorrow night (October 17th) – a place they’ll likely forget quicker than they forget Des Moines.

(Love you, Omaha friends!)

Have a look at my shots from the show below.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

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