Thursday, March 26

R.I.P. Eazy-E.

(September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995)

Eric "Eazy-E" Wright passed away 14 years ago today due to complications from AIDS. He will forever be an integral part of hip-hop music, and a true Westcoast pioneer. As founder of Ruthless Records, he was the Godfather of Gangsta Rap. If it wasn't for him, there would be no N.W.A., no Ice Cube, no Dr. Dre, no Snoop, and no Deathrow Records in the same capacity that we have them today. He put Compton on the map. He shouted "Fuck The Police" when everybody else was afraid to, and protested the police brutality and racial profiling that was going down in ghettos across the United States. He was a shrewd business man and marketing genius who did things his way, no matter who opposed. As trust me, everybody opposed. He was officially put on the FBI's black list for advocating violence against law enforcement official. Not to mention, he single-handily made Jheri curls acceptable in hip hop. Respect Due.

Put on your locs and Raiders hat, and reminisce over Eazy.

Eazy-E - "We Want Eazy"

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