The season of “Straight Outta Compton” continues, as the successful film, the ancillary Dr. Dre “Compton” album, and the general fascination with all things N.W.A. have coalesced to rightly shine a light on a highly inventive, visceral and anger-infused period in hip-hop history. Eazy E., a primary force in N.W.A., passed away in 1995, but his ghost informs the “Compton” film and the Dre album. It also informs a prime slab of ’90s hip-hop, in the form of the Bone Thugs–N-Harmony classic “E.1999 Eternal,” the second effort from the Cleveland crew. The album was eventually dedicated to Eazy E., who died shortly after the conclusion of the recording project, for which he acted as executive producer.
Now, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has taken to the road to perform “E.1999 Eternal” in full, in a tour that includes a stop at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls).
The passage of time has done little to diminish the ferocious impact of this seminal late 20th century rap platter, one that marries the visceral wallop of gangsta rap to a brave and adventurous – and ultimately, deeply influential – rhythmic and melodic concept. It’s violent and in-your-face music, and is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago, when it first saw release.
Tickets for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Rapids Theatre show are $30 general admission. Several VIP packages are also available (rapidstheartre.com and Ticketfly.com).
- Jeff Miers