By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated March 26, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

Midwestern OGs Bone Thugs-N-Harmony return next month with Strength and Loyalty, a solid decade since their last big hit. So is it any good?The fact that Akon sings the hook on “I Tried,” their first single from the new disc isn’t exactly heartening — the guy’s got, like, 37 songs on the Hot 100 right now, and grabbing such a current chart fave for their comeback bid carries the subtle but unmistakeable reek of cash-in. But Akon’s lilting voice turns out to be a perfect match for Bone Thugs’ patented sing-song flow, which has slowed down only a bit with age.The video, which recently turned up online, is even better — Akon and the three Thugs stands together on grimy Cleveland corners, singing honestly about the temptations of street life while a series of stories play out in cinematic flashes. You can check out the clip for yourself below. I found it to be a refreshing change from mainstream rap video clichés; what do you think, PopWatchers?