Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Uni-5: The World's Enemy"

79 Billboard Rating

The original members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (including longtime collaborator DJ U-Neek, who was absent from the group's 2007 album, "Strength & Loyalty") have reunited for the first time in 15 years to record its newest set, "Uni-5: The World's Enemy." And the rap outfit has one message to deliver: Haters, take heed. "Smiling in my face, hating on the side, they don't wanna see me shine," the members rap over a simple piano line on the motivational "See Me Shine." On top of a repetitive keyboard pattern, the group continues calling out naysayers on the upbeat "Everytime," spitting, "I can't turn my back around without these haters tryin' to shut me down." Skepticism aside, the group gets a bit more insightful on tracks like "Wanna Be"--about women selling themselves for fame--and "My Life," which finds the rappers reflecting on the struggles they've faced in their lives. --Mariel Concepcion

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