When: Wed., June 24, 6 p.m. 2015
No Offense to Easy Duz It, but West Coast pioneer Eazy-E’s greatest gift to hip-hop was as a scout for talent, signing Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and a very young will.i.am to his Ruthless label in its golden era run. In 1994, Eazy-E plucked Bone Thugs-n-Harmony from the rap void of Cleveland, putting the Ruthless stamp on Bone Thugs’ debut Creepin on ah Come Up. With the album’s 21st birthday in June, Creepin is a seminal blast in the genre. “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” is a shirtless g-funk wonder, with each member of the quintet taking home run swings at the big California rhythm. Half-sung and weaving in and out of double-time, the early Bone Thug hits laid down the concrete for the sing-song interstate that Drake, ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky cruise down in 2015. There’s no “Tuesday” without “1st of tha Month.” With Chedda Da Connect, Dorrough Music, T-Wayne.