Confined to the limited legal digital catalogue available to purchase by international customers, I resorted to taking a gamble on Thugz Always—an album that you wont find listed on Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's discography or on any site apart from a passing mention. Thugz Alwayz doesn't contain any new songs (I remember hearing "Shoot 'em Up' back in 1996) and half the tracks come from Uni5 the Prequel: The Untold Story which in turn means they are cuts or tracks from Uni-5: The World's Enemy, Strength & Loyalty, Thug Stories and Thug Mentality 1999. What makes this even more dubious is that most of the track names have been changed in what one can only assume is to trick fans into thinking that they are getting new material—I have put the original/alternative names in the track listing where possible.
Putting the above nonsense aside, the recording quality is not compromised, there are no skits or DJ voice overs and the track selection is decent—apart from oddly including two tracks off Krazyie Bone's solo début Thug Mentality 1999 rather than one of the 100+ unreleased tracks from that album or something unreleased from the entire group—but I guess anything goes with these sorts of things. E. 1999 Eternal is still one of my favourite albums, but for some reason I didn't keep up with Bone after that, so coming across an album like this full of previously "released" stuff that I mostly haven't heard of doesn't really bother me. In fact I was surprised that the cut tracks were cut in the first place, they are far from terrible and the more harmonious "Wuz up World" and "You Remember" are stand out tracks.
There is no good reason for this album/compilation/mixtape to exist since most of these tracks seem to have appeared alongside each other on similar releases, but if like me your available catalogue selection is limited, then it is a decent sampler into some uncommon and unreleased Bone Thugs-n-Harmony tracks. However I don't really condone supporting such shady tactics on this release...
- Wuz Up World
- Bang Bang (Shoot Em Up)
- You Remember
- We Thugz Alwayz aka Thug Alwayz
- The Originators
- Make U Skream feat. Kokane
- Pimpz, Thugz & Hustlaz feat. 8ightball & Mjg aka Pimpz, Thugz, Hustlaz & Gangstaz
- Cmon Cmon (feat. Will.i.am) aka Common, Common aka Patron aka I Get it Crackin
- When U Call Me aka Call Me
- We B Workn aka We Workin
- Wuz Up World aka End of Dayz aka No Escape
- Struggle In Da Life feat. Petey Pablo aka Struggle
- Bang Bang (Shoot Em Up) aka Shoot em Up
- Burn Baby Burn (Fire) aka Fire
- You Remember aka Remember Yesterday