Bone Thugs-N-Harmony recently talked about the legacy their mentor Eazy-E left behind and how the late N.W.A. founder is not viewed in the same light as slain greats like Tupac Shakur.
In Bone Thugs’ perspective, Eazy’s cause of death has held him in scrutiny for nearly two decades.
Eazy-E doesn’t get the hip-hop cred he’s due because he died of AIDS — so say members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. “Some people seem like they are afraid to commemorate him due to how he died,” Bizzy Bone tells TMZ. “But Bone never once has — nor will stop — commemorating him.” Eazy — a founding member of N.W.A who discovered and mentored Bone Thugs — died in 1995 at age 31. He left behind 7 kids with 6 different women. But the guys from BT&H don’t believe Eazy is getting the posthumous respect he deserves because of various stigmas attached to people who contract AIDS. This sounds like a throwback to the dark ages … the 1980s — when people scoffed at the poor souls who died of AIDS because it was considered a “gay disease” … and the guys from Bone Thugs are implying that Eazy is being unfairly painted with that brush. (TMZ)
Group members also pointed out the fact Eazy did not die from gunfire has also placed him in a different light than his hip-hop counterparts.
In fact, Krayzie Bone tells us he thinks some people in the hip-hop community believe an AIDS death is an inferior, or less-manly way to die than say … a shooting death — like Biggie Smalls and Tupac. “They died being known as gangsta heroes,” Krayzie says … “Eazy died from a disease … so many look at that differently.” Flesh-n-Bone tells TMZ … the group plans to honor Eazy by performing “Foe Tha Love of $” with Eazy’s hologram at the “Rock the Bells” festival in September and October. “The success Eazy left to the rap game is enormous and can’t be topped by anyone,” Layzie Bone told TMZ. “We are going to make sure we have the stage full of Eazy love.” (TMZ)
Last year, Eazy’s daughter released various photos as an anniversary tribute.
Eazy-E’s daughter, Erin Bria Wright, is paying tribute to the late rapper with a new photo shoot. The N.W.A. rapper’s daughter has recreated two of his solo album covers, “Str8 Off Tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton,” and “It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa.” “It’s been 17 long years since my father passed away and I miss him dearly,” she said in a statement. “This year I decided to pay homage to him by recreating two of his most famous album covers, I feel so proud to be apart of his history. Hopefully one day he will finally get the recognition he truly deserves for his impact and accomplishments that paved the way for so many artists and urban music moguls of today. I love you Dad, R.I.P.” (The Juice)
Despite Bone Thugs’ comments, various high-profile hip-hop artists have been known to reference Eazy in their raps.
Wright’s music shall reign supreme forever thanks to the copious number of MCs who cite him as a reference point, such as the Game, Nipsey Hussle, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. Even Eazy’s son Eric Wright Jr. (aka Lil Eazy-E, who was ten years old at the time of his dad’s death) has followed the same career path his father created. (MTV)