Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member, Krayzie Bone, announced Thursday (April 14) that he has officially left the platinum-selling group to focus, strictly, on his solo career and his record label, The Life Entertainment.
He revealed the news in a video clip, dubbed "Goodbye BTNH Update," in which he discussed the situation, and why he's left ... and even rocked a new look -- no more braids.
"I will no longer be part of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony," Krayzie said in the clip.
"Due to uncontrollable circumstances, it's basically time for me to move on and start embarking on different endeavors that I've already had planned in my life," he continued. "[I'm trying] to go another level in this music game, and just trying to grow and become greater an what I do, and concentrate on the new generation of artists that I have and puttin' back into the up-and-coming artists, the new fresh talent that's coming about."
During their 20-year history in music, Bone has had its fair share of ups and downs. First, member Flesh-N-Bone was incarcerated in 2000, reducing the group by one for over a decade, before finally being released in 2008. Then, Bizzy Bone had his issues -- whether it was drugs or his mental state -- before finally reuniting with the group last year, releasing their anticipated Uni5: The World's Enemy album.
Despite all the controversy and inner-turmoil within Bone Thugs, Krayzie said he holds no ill will against the group members. For him, it's simply time to move on.
"It's been a great 20-year run with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, I have nothing to complain about," Krayzie said.
The group was formed in the early 1990s in Cleveland, Ohio, before rap legendary Eazy-E signed them to Ruthless Records in 1994, and introduced them to the world on an EP, titled Creepin on ah Come Up, which included their hit single "Thuggish Ruggish Bone."
Since then, Bone has become one of the most popular hip-hop groups of all-time, earning multiple platinum plaques, countless smash singles, and has worked with the likes of Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Mariah Carey, Ice Cube, and the list goes on.
To conclude his announcement, Krayzie thanks Bone fans.
"I thank all the fans for supportin' me with Bone for over 20 years and I hope y'all will continue to support me on these future endeavors," he concluded. "It ain't nothin' but love. I love y'all. Thanks for all your support, thanks for everything you've done. We had some great times ... but it is what it is."