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