This blog entry is not Art-related.
I was in middle school when Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Bizzy Bone dropped Alpha & Omega (formerly titled Book of Bryon). I couldn’t get my hands on the record until we went Xmas shopping at Best Buy and I saw it sitting on the CD rack. I spent all my time reading the back cover mesmerized, it made standing in the long line much more bearable. We bought a TV and a computer, that’s all I remembered. It was one of the final times I played a CD on a Walkman before transitioning to an iPod.
It would be Bizzy’s 3rd solo record, a super low-profile release on Bungalo Records. It ended up doing terrible on the Billboard charts but it didn’t matter to me, I just wanted to hear new music. A&O had no big named guest features, just a plethora of Bizzy’s proteges he was pushing at the time based out of the Cleveland/Columbus Ohio area. Those proteges went by The 7th Sign Regime which consisted of members Baby Phil, Prince Rasu, King Josiah, Nina Ross, The Orange Cats, Capo Confucious, Big B, and a couple more. It came with a bonus DVD that I watched on my PS2 almost everyday because I was so psyched to see the studio sessions and concert footage. There was no YouTube to see those. I even remember going to my friend Tim’s house on occasion and rave about 7th Sign like they were the next thing to takeover. I think it stemmed from a discussion about the NWA family tree; and how Bizzy Bone was branching out, kinda like how Bone Thugs’ mentor Eazy-E branched out and discovered them. The A&O album was quickly followed up by The Beginning And The End album (an internet-only release on bizzybonemusic.com) just a month later with even more tracks featuring his clique. It really made my school year. Simple times.
The 7th Sign Regime failed to take off and was later disbanded. The collective, despite their talent, was never mentioned by Bizzy again until 2012 when female rapper Nina Ross passed away from diabetes, and in 2014 when singer Big B (best known for singing the chorus for Change The World by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) passed away from kidney failure. And once more when Prince Rasu was beaten into a coma earlier this month, after a 911 call regarding his schizophrenia.
Prince Rasu died from his injuries a couple days ago. I did a Google search and nothing popped up. Many fans found out about it through Bizzy’s Instagram page and the Facebook pages of Rasu’s relatives. No media coverage whatsoever. I guess stuff like this happens in the hood all the time. I wouldn’t know.
That said… Thank you Jaron “Prince Rasu” Thomas for being apart of the soundtrack to my adolescent life. Your music lives on. Rest in peace.
In the midst in the darkest nights, sparking off the highest flights
And project buildings blasting civilians but skull-white from cycles of the psycho children
Millions in the revenue, what we seek in these avenues
Steady breaking down crumbs for the Royal Crown amongst animals
Who can I trust? Where can I turn? When will it all end?
I’m suited up in Timberland boots, Regime marching
God damnit I’m a grown man, its time to take my own stand
Fuck the federations, my heart is racing like grown man’s
Pumping the anger built up from years of stress
Killers and haters surround me daily, no fears of death
I hear the breaths of angels and demons fighting over my soul Lord
Just give me the path through this bloodbath and it’s on Lord
^Televised media coverage on the case of Capo Confucious’ death in 2003 (one of the many components that spiraled Bizzy Bone to a mental breakdown in 2005) which ran cold and remains a mystery til this day. He was Bizzy Bone’s half-brother.
Update Monday January 30:
Articles on Prince Rasu: