Bizzy Bone

Bryon McCane ll (born September 12, 1976), better known by his stage name Bizzy Bone is an American rapper and is a member of the Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. His name within the group was originally 'Layzie Bone' (A name which is now held by Steven Howse) but it was changed due to him always being 'Bizzy' writing down lyrics.

Early life

Bryon Anthony McCane II was born to an African American and Italian/Jewish mother on September 12, 1976. At a young age he witnessed his mother endure abusive relationships while she divorced and remarried several times.

Bryon at the age of 5

(Image provided by Beulah Smith).

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In 1981, at the age of five, Bizzy was abducted by his ex-stepfather along with his little sister and brother. He lived in many homes, apartments, cars and motels and was unaware at first that he had been abducted. He was told that his mother and grandmother had died. He was eventually told this was false and was instructed not to tell anyone about his abduction. He was also physically and sexually abused.

In 1983, his final abduction home was in a town in Oklahoma. A neighbor saw his photo at the end of the made-for-TV movie, Adam and called the police, resulting in his return to his family.

From left to right: Krayzie, Layzie, Flesh, Bizzy, and Wish

Despite this, his childhood remained difficult. His mother had married another man, and Bizzy's new step-father physically abused him to the point of bruises and scabs. Eventually, his mother divorced and put him and his sister in a foster home until she could get her life back together. Beulah Smith took care of the orphaned Bizzy Bone and gave him his first Christmas presents.

In 1989 when he was thirteen, Bizzy was taken out of foster care and moved with his sister to Cleveland, Ohio. During this period he resorted to selling drugs in order to support his family. This came to an end when he met Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone and Layzie Bone, who all lived on the same street. He later appeared on the FOX series America's Most Wanted in 2002,(Hosted by John Walsh, Adam's Father) where he revealed his abusive childhood and molestation. Bizzy Bone also wrote and performed a song on the show entitled A.M.W. in which he thanks Walsh and encourages abused children to come forward. This song has yet to be officially released.

Solo career

Still from the Music video Thugz Cry (Bizzy's first single off of his debut album).

Bizzy Bone started his solo career in 1998. He is best known for his style, combining rapid fire raps and double - sometimes triple - harmony choruses.

His debut, Heaven'z Movie made it obvious that on his own he felt free to explore his psyche and to go to eccentric places. The critically acclaimed album received a positive reception from Bone Thug fans and made it to #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Bizzy established his own record label christened the 7th Sign Regime. When asked why he chose the moniker he stated the 7th sign is when there are no more souls in the cup of the Lord and "I believe we are the last soldiers...Armageddon is at hand and we are living in the rapture as we speak..."

Bizzy Bone became an underground artist and began releasing albums with little or no marketing. The Gift, released on April 7, 2001, peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Independent Albums chart.

In 2002 at a Bone Thugs-N-Harmony performance in New York City, Bizzy was noticeably drunk and walked off-stage halfway through the show. He was let go from the group that night, but Bizzy claimed he had been a solo artist for years and only a guest in the group. He also began giving more interviews around this time, frequently speaking about the 7th Sign Regime.

In 2004 Alpha and Omega was released and fans responded positively to the album, influencing Bizzy to produce his own underground limited-edition album, The Beginning and the End.

The same year he voluntarily became homeless. He began walking from his hometown of Cleveland throughout the state of Ohio for a little over half a year, giving away virtually all of what little money he had left and living in bus stations.

On May 2, 2005, Bizzy Bone made news when he displayed unusual behavior during an appearance on Houston's KPFT radio show, "Damage Control". When asked about it in an MTV interview a few months later he said, "Everybody thought I went crazy, they were questioning my motives and what was going on." He also stated he felt he was being antagonized during the interview and went into defense mode. He later admitted to having a drinking problem that he was working on, and that his family had attempted to have him committed to an asylum. Showing no signs of slowing down, Speaking in Tongues appeared that year along with two mail order-only releases???For the Fans, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and a reunion album with Bone member Layzie Bone titled Bone Brothers. Bizzy's refusal to tour in support of Bone Brothers found him out of favor with the group once again, and the full Bone reunion that had been talked about fell apart.

2006 - present

2006 proved even busier with the albums Thugs Revenge, The Story, and The Midwest Cowboy. Bizzy converted from Christianity to Islam, then back to Christianity only a couple of years later. Continually writing and recording, he released eleven solo albums from 2006 to 2009.

On January 5, 2009, While returning to his room at the Universal Hilton, Bizzy was confronted by several people who beat and choked him before stealing his jewelry, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Currently he is in studio reuniting once again with his fellow bone brethren on the upcoming album The World's Enemy. They released a video for their remix of Jay-Z's Death of Autotune on their YouTube page August 31. He is also working on a solo album which has yet to be titled, scheduled for release in 2010.

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