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"Tha Crossroads"
Single by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
from the album E 1999 Eternal
Released April 23, 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Midwest hip hop
Melodic hip hop
R&B
Ballad
Length 3:46
Label Ruthless
Writer(s) Bryon McCane II, Anthony Henderson, Steven Howse, Charles Scruggs
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony singles chronology
"1st of tha Month"
(1995)
"Tha Crossroads"
(1995)
"Look Into My Eyes"
(1997)

"The Crossroads" is a Grammy-award winning song performed by the hip hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, dedicated to the late rap icon Eazy-E and released in 1995. It is one of the group's most popular songs to date, and their biggest selling.

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Background

Originally named "Crossroad," it wasn't until the group and their producer, DJ U-Neek, decided to remake the song that the name was changed. The song "Crossroad" was originally dedicated to Bone's deceased friends, but after the death of Eazy-E they decided to remake it as "Tha Crossroads". The song is performed by four of the group's members, (Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Wish Bone). The remake contained the line "And I'm askin' the good Lord 'Why?' and sigh It's I, he told me we lived to die" from the original. Bone's lightning fast rhymes are delivered softer than is usual for the group, without profanities and creating a sad and heartfelt effect. With soft instrumentals revolving around a sample of The Isley Brothers' "Make Me Say It Again Girl (Pts. 1 and 2)," the song has a sad yet quick tone to it. After receiving high praise for their song the group decided to add it to their already launched album, E 1999 Eternal.

The song was a smash hit worldwide and reached the top of the charts in several countries, including the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. It has been certified 2X Platinum in the United States.

Remix

The official remix, "Tha Crossroads (Tha Flesh Flip Remix)", features latest member Flesh-n-Bone and new & old verses by the group's members, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Wish Bone.

Music video

The song was accompanied by a music video that opens with the female vocal group Tre singing the traditional spiritual "Mary Don't You Weep" in a church funeral setting, followed by the members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony singing the main song in several settings, such as a church and a mountaintop. Additionally, an imposing black man with sunglasses and a trench coat, akin to a Reaper, appears throughout the video. Bone are among the few who can see the man, and watch him as he gathers the souls of various individuals who are marked for death, such as a young man who leaves his distraught mother behind, Bone's friend Wally, Wish Bone's Uncle Charles, Eazy-E, and a newborn baby. The Reaper then leads the souls, with the baby in his arms, up a mountain and transforms into an angel, taking the deceased people to Heaven.

Track Listings

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Australian CD Single

  1. "Tha Crossroads" (D.J. U-Neek's Mo Thug Remix) - 3:50
  2. "Tha Crossroads" (D.J. U-Neek's Remix Instrumental) - 3:48
  3. "Crossroad" (LP Version - Radio Edit) - 3:33
  4. "1st of tha Month" (The Kruder and Dorfmeister Remix) - 6:15
  5. "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" - 4:42

Official Versions

  • "Crossroad" (LP Version)(Original Version) - 3:27
  • "Crossroad" (LP Version - Radio Edit) - 3:33
  • "Tha Crossroads" (D.J. U-Neek's Mo Thug Remix) - 3:50
  • "Tha Crossroads" (D.J. U-Neek's Remix Instrumental) - 3:48

Charts, sales and procession

Charts (1996)

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Canadian Singles Chart 17[1]
Dutch Singles Chart 3[2]
French Singles Chart 45[3]
German Singles Chart 2[4]
Irish Singles Chart 1[5]
Italian Singles Chart 7[6]
New Zealand Singles Chart 2[7]
Norwegian Singles Chart 6[8]
Spanish Singles Chart 1[9]
Swedish Singles Chart 2[10]
Swiss Singles Chart 1[11]
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1

Charts (2009)

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 7[12]
Austrian Singles Chart 15[13]
Danish Singles Chart 8[14]
Dutch Singles Chart 3[15]
Finnish Singles Chart 11[16]
French Singles Chart 1[17]
Irish Singles Chart 11[18]
Italian Singles Chart 17[6]
New Zealand Singles Chart 15[19]
Norwegian Singles Chart 5[20]
Swedish Singles Chart 3[21]
Swiss Singles Chart 2[11]
Turkey Top 20 Chart 9[22]
UK Singles Chart 10[23]

Sales and certifications

Country Certifications
(sales thresholds)
New Zealand Platinum
United States 2x Platinum

Blazin' Squad Version

"Crossroads"
Single by Blazin' Squad
from the album In the Beginning
B-side "Offering"
"Uproar"
Released August 19, 2002
Format CD Single
Recorded 2002
Genre Garage, Hip-Hop
Length 3:10 (Radio Edit)
Label East West Records
Blazin' Squad singles chronology
"Crossroads"
(2002)
"Love on the Line"
(2002)

Crossroads became the first single for hip-hop/garage band Blazin' Squad. It became the band's only number one single, staying at the top spot for two weeks in August 2002. The track is the first to be taken from their debut album, In the Beginning. There are three versions of the song: a Radio Edit lasting 3:10 (which appears on their album), the Full Version (which includes extra instrumental section) lasting 3:50, and the Extended Cut (which includes two extra verses), lasting 3:48. The Extended Cut only appears on the promotional single.

Tracklisting

CD1
  1. "Crossroads" (Radio Edit) - 3:10
  2. "Uproar" - 3:25
  3. "Crossroads" (Enhanced Video) - 3:45
CD2
  1. "Crossroads" (Full Version) - 3:50
  2. "Offering" - 3:20
  3. "Crossroads" (TNT Remix) - 3:50

Chart Positions

Chart (2002) Peak
Position
Germany Singles Chart 82
UK Singles Chart 1

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Preceded by
"Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
May 18, 1996- July 6, 1996 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"How Do U Want It / California Love" by 2Pac
Preceded by
"Killing Me Softly" by Fugees
RIANZ (New Zealand) number one single
June 21, 1996
Succeeded by
"Chains" by DLT
Preceded by
"Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks number one single
May 11, 1996
Succeeded by
"You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow" by Toni Braxton

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