Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform live on Monday, June 7, at the Independent. 8 p.m., $30; 771-1421 or www.theindependentsf.com.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the most important rap group ever to emerge from Cleveland, recently released its most exciting album since its 1995 debut. The new Uni5: The World's Enemy was helped tremendously by the appearance of erstwhile members Flesh-N-Bone, who had a lengthy incarceration beginning in 2000, and Bizzy Bone, who had been estranged from the group since 2002. The Thugs' signature rapid-fire rhyming style is intact, and "My Life" and "Gone" exemplify the MCs' refreshing frankness about their past problems and future ambitions.