Tha Crossroads (D.J. U-Neek’s Mo Thug Remix)

Tha Crossroads (D.J. U-Neek’s Mo Thug Remix)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

“Tha Crossroads” is a remixed version of the E. 1999 Eternal track “Crossroad”. It was written in remembrance of several people close to the group who died. It is the more famous of the versions.

While the original version “Crossroad” primarily dealt with the death of their friend Wally Laird III, this version was created after the death of close friend and mentor Eazy-E and Wish Bone’s uncle Charles. The original track samples “Bad Ending” from the 1993 Sega game Eternal Champions. This remix instead samples The Isley Brothers' “Make Me Say It Again Girl (Part 1 & 2)”.

This remix was internationally successful. In the US, it debuted at #2 in the US in May 1996, then moved to the top spot the following week – the quickest move to #1 in the US since the Beatles did it in 1964 with “Can’t Buy Me Love”. It held the #1 spot for eight weeks making it the longest-running rap song to hold the top position since Kris Kross' “Jump” in 1992, and was later ranked the #7 song of 1996 by Billboard.

Overseas, it was a top 40 hit in several countries including a #1 peak in New Zealand in June 1996 and a #8 peak in the UK that summer.

The British hip hop group Blazin' Squad released a cover of this song with different lyrics in 2002 as their debut single and it reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart.