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Bone Thugs: Eazy-E Doesn't Get Cred He Deserves Because Of Death From AIDS


(AllHipHop News) Members of Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are speaking out about what they feel is a lack of respect for their mentor Eazy-E.

“Some people seem like they are afraid to commemorate him due to how he died,” Bizzy Bone told TMZ. “But Bone never once has, nor will, stop commemorating him.”

Eazy-E (born Eric Wright) died from complications from AIDS on March 26, 1995 at the age 31. He was one of the first members of the Hip-Hop community to publicly reveal that he had contracted H.I.V.

Within two years of Wright’s death two other major Hip-Hop stars lost their lives as well. According to Krayzie Bone, the violent deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. are revered while the way Eazy passed away holds his legacy to a different standard.

“[Pac and Biggie] died being known as gangsta heroes,” says Krayzie. “Eazy died from a disease, so many look at that differently.”

Bone plans to showcase Eazy during their set at this year’s Rock The Bells festival with a virtual version of the former N.W.A. rapper performing along side them.

“We are going to make sure we have the stage full of Eazy love,” says Layzie Bone.

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: ODB and Eazy-E Holograms Will Perform At Rock The Bells]

[ALSO READ: Remembering Eric “Eazy-E” Wright’s Impact on Hip-Hop]

Watch the video for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Eazy-E tribute song “Crossroads” below.

  • Guest

    Eazy-E

    • Guest

      Bone Thugs are Right – and Eazy brought more awareness to hiv.- think of the many people (of all races) that he made strap up.

      • Anotherfakeshitname

        You know thats a good point. Before that it was seen largely as a gay thing. Now that E had it you knew o sh!t anybody can get this. AInt it a bitch they aint even close to curing or a vacination for that yet? Best thing they can do is poison your body and hope to kill it before you die.

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    1st off RIP To Eazy “Muthaphuckin” E aka “The Hip Hop Thugsta” 2nd They are 1,000,000 correct! You never ever hear Eazy’s name when people are being shouted out & remembered! His legacy/record company family tree lineage is unmatched!!!!

  • anemia716

    ….and this is why Bone has been my favorite group since ’94. ’95 hit and they dropped “E. 99 Eternal…man that album.

  • Nah… Eazy E doesn’t get full credit cause Cube wrote all his sh*t. Simple.

    • don’t fuckin hate on Eazy-E he did a lot more then rap, check the facts dumb ass.

      • Anotherfakeshitname

        yeah but we talking about the best rappers here arent we? If we talking businessmen there are millions ahead of Eazy E (and thats no disrespect its just the truth). Even you put it just to rap you got several ahead of Eazy E.

      • greenhouse records

        They talking about legacy.

      • the point is u don’t fuckin dis Eazy-E. He as a really good dude, and put food on peoples plates when they didn’t even have plates.

  • Terrance Goodman

    Eazy still got room in my disc player I follows Lil e on twitter

  • RichFromBX

    the same could be said for Guru and Big Pun (not the aids part) – hip hop has this thing about going out in a ‘blaze of glory’ so anyone who passes that wasn’t shot don’t get remembered in the same way as someone who was shot regardless of their contribution…take how many times there have been articles on this site about aspiring rappers being shot and killed…there are aspiring rappers killed in car accidents as well but they don’t get any shine…

    • Christopher Tarver

      Real talk.

    • Bumpy Johnson

      easy e is more legendary than pun n guru tho.

  • YaheardSyndicate

    Eazy E is the most prolific career starter in rap. The #1 exec of all time. He had 50 million before Jay z and diddy had deals. He discovered Dr. Dre,(who would discover Eminem, who would discover 50 cent) Ice Cube, Above the Law, The D.O.C, Bone Thugs,and Will. I Am. Eazy E pretty much invented everything everyone does now. Down to the need for a radio edit. In my opinion behind herc and bambatta eazy is the most influential to hip hop culture. The first rap guy at the White house, when the first Bush was in office. So even on that level the stuff Beyonce and Jay do now he was doing in the late 80s.

    • Sean Taylor

      Eminem didn’t “discover” 50 cent. If anyone discovered him it was Jam Master Jay.

    • Dr Dre discovered Eazy-E look up the NWA documentary

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  • Juan Spin Serrano

    EAZY WAS A REAL GANGSTA, BUT WAS NOT VERY LYRICAL. SO IN THAT CASE I DONT THINK HE WAS AS BIG AS PAC & BIGGGIE. THE HOLE EAZY THING WAS A GREAT LOSS TO HIPHOP. IN MY OPINION EVERYONE WHO BENEFITED IS GUILTY FOR HIS DEATH..WHO BENEFITED?…JERRY HELLER, HIS GIRLFRIEND, DRE, AND CUBE….REMEMBER CUBE AND DRE STILL HAD TO PAY EAZY. EVEN AFTER THEY LEFT RUTHLESS. THAT MY OPINION. OH YEAH AND DRE LIED IN THE DOCUMENTARY…HE NEVER SAW EAZY IN THE HOSPITAL. THE NATION OF ISLAM DIDNT LET HIM IN..(listen to kidfrost interview with whookid)

  • therealest1

    I also noticed Eazy-E doesn’t get credit. He did a lot before rap became commercialized, he was the one getting deals and profits. He was the executive who also rapped before Puffy did his thing.

    It seems like they neglected to give Eazy-E proper credit due to East Coast bias. Yes, they give Puffy and Jay-Z credit as pioneers and whatnot, what about Eazy-E? He did his thing before them.

    It seems like people are stuck on the perception Eazy-E ripped artists off instead of him as a successful discoverer of marketable artists. Maybe he did some artists dirty, but what label figurehead doesn’t? They’re all crooked in some fashion since its a dog eat dog game. But I think he only did it because that old Jew, Jerry Heller got in his ear like that since he saw him as the brightest individual in the group who had a business mind more than everyone else.

    I say Eazy-E was a genius because he was making money off Dr. Dre even after he died!

    What’s also unique was the fact you never saw Eazy-E in a suit, he was always in street clothes, never had a suit and tie on, and yet he succeeded. He was ahead of the times, and he never got credit. I say he laid the blueprint for Puffy and Jay-Z.

  • 7yoyo7

    I don’t see it as a negative point. Sure it is unfortunate but dude probably gave the biggest AIDS’ preventive message to hip-hop culture through his death.

    RIP Eazy-E and stay strapped people!

  • Eazy E was the last real gangster rapper.Not cube,Snoop,Dre,.Only Dj Quick and Eazy-e our certified gangsters in the rap game,meaning in a gang

    • HUSTLExXxMAN

      what about MC Eiht, he was a G at one point, and not to talk down on Eazy, but if he was gangster why did he let fat ass Suge punk him like that with no reprecussions

  • Anotherfakeshitname

    Its cause he was a bad rapper who had people write for him. Yeah hes a icon and has classic albums (with nwa mostly) and songs but dude just wasnt that great at rapping. Also other than Pac nobody from the west is gonna get respect, maybe snoop, i dont know why but thats how it seems to be. He was great as a business man (tho maybe did sh!t in a not 100% legal fashion at all times) but just wasnt anywhere on the same level of lyricism, or social and international importance that pac did. Plus Pac had so much drama in his life, biggie too mostly cause the east and west stuff but yeah i think its cause when it comes to rapping it was essentially Ice Cube and other people writing for him.

  • Christopher Tarver

    In my opinion, it shouldn’t be about whether or not he could rap or the fact that he didn’t write his own raps; the article doesn’t specifically say anything about his prowess as a emcee. Everyone knows he didn’t write his own rap, but he is hands down one of the most influential individuals that rap music has ever seen. Period. His influence reaches far beyond the scope of actually picking up a mic and being able to rhyme.

  • Eazy E & DJ Quik all Day Real Compton city Gs,Micheal Jackson didn’t write all his hits ,so what if he didn’t write but he still made the hit just like MJ & Whitney!

  • Dan_Tebasco

    False, had nothing to do with he dying he just didn’t make that many classic songs and the ones that he did were written by Ice Cube and others so… Plus he lacks the great following that Pac and Big has cause they were actually really talented and stuff…

  • AK

    if you dont respect eazy you dont respect hip hop cause he set it to that street shit from them corny 80s party raps , he is the original d boy ahead of his time and he started it all on his own, put dre and cube on game about business

  • Gordon Tillett

    I agree that Eazy doesn’t get the love he should but what I do like is that almost everyone knows who he is. His jheri, sunglasses etc is iconic.

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