Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Tha Crossroads” Gets the Cover Treatment by Sesame Street Characters
One may not at first associate the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony heaven's gate metaphor "The Crossroads" with the children's television show and educational program Sesame Street, but within seconds of seeing Grover reciting the opening "bone"s while rain pours down upon his blue sullen head, the above mash-up is nothing short of perfect. If there was any doubt, the video is a dubbing using old Sesame Street footage, and based on the video's YouTube page, the user responsible has made similar magic using Beastie Boys and Ol Dirty Bastard tracks.
"The Crossroads" was released as a single in April of 1996 and included on Bone Thugs' breakout album E. 1999 Eternal on Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. It was the album's third single, peaking as high as number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and going on to go double platinum.
In a June 2014 interview with XXL, Bone Thugs reflected on their EP Creepin on ah Come Up and the group's legacy, with Krayzie Bone saying, "The album was the start of a new sound. When we dropped it, we changed the sound and the pace, because people couldn’t believe we were rapping like that and singing, and it was all street stuff. We changed the whole DNA, even to this day. It was the beginning of the change. As far as Bone Thugs, we’re those dudes that came in different, paved our own lane as innovators with what we did, didn’t sound like anybody, were always different, and we had a hell of an influence on music in general."
Check out the Sesame Street mash-up above, with the influence Bone Thugs laid down still apparent today.
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