Ten years ago, Hip-Hop lost one of its most influential pioneers. Eazy E may not have invented Gangsta Rap, but damned if he wasnt The Godfather. Somehow his legacy has been forever shadowed by many for reasons undeclared.
AllHipHop.com wanted to pay proper tribute to Comptons finest. Yesterday, we featured a rare 1989 interview with Eazy and Ice Cube. On the anniversary, we present our feature with Eazys son Lil Eazy E.
The second generation Compton rapper discussed his fathers legacy, his future albums connection to his father, and all else in between. Get a good look at Eazy E as a father and family man. See how his legacy has paved the way for his son to make tremendous impact on the scene twenty years later. And see just how many similarities the two share.
Eazy E will be sorely missed. Everybody wear your LA Kings hats and loccs and join in us in our five part tribute to the smoothest criminal, and the first rapper entrepreneur Eazy E.
AllHipHop.com: On your forthcoming album, youve got a new rendition of Eazier Said Than Done. Why that song?
Lil Eazy E: Thats one of my favorite songs. Thats when my father really had flow. Itll appear on my album, but At the time I did it to remember him. Its get real play. Tonight, Im with Julio [G] on KDAY. Monday, Im with Felli [Fel], and been spinnin it. Its getting its play across the US too.
AllHipHop.com: I liked how on the song, you called yourself The prince. Many of us look at our fathers as kings. But your father was probably a king to many more people than mine. Tell me how the feels to be a true Prince of Gangsta S**t.
Lil Eazy E: Real talk. Its a blessing. It took me a while as a young kid to understand it. Now, experiencing it and going through it its the s**t.
AllHipHop.com: Youre from East Compton just like your father. A lot of Rap kids are from entirely different neighborhoods and experiences than their fathers. I think that needs to be said.
Lil Eazy E: Same situation. Same house. I was raised by my grandparents his mother and father. Its that serious. Thats how I feel too, as the first real second generation rapper not to take away from Lil Romeo or anybody else.
AllHipHop.com: How connected are you to your half-brothers and sisters these days?
Lil Eazy E: Im with two of em right now. Im picking up my little brother tomorrow. We all got a good relationship because thats how [my father] kept it. When we went somewhere with him, we all went the brothers and sisters. It depended on which female he was with whether my momma, or the next kids momma, or whoever, we were all together.
AllHipHop.com: Was there ever a time when your father was Eazy, or was he just Dad?
Lil Eazy E: It was Dad. As a young kid, I didnt too much understand. Even when we went out to Disneyland and certain amusement parks, wed see the love hed get from fans when theyd run up. I started seeing it. At the same time, after he passed away, thats what I had to turn to: pictures and his music.
AllHipHop.com: Tupac and Biggie are the reigning kings of Hip-Hop praises; Pun as well. I think all praises are positive are very well due. But in your eyes, why is your fathers heritage so neglected?
Lil Eazy E: I be askin myself the same question a lot, dog. I think its because of the fact of the way he died. I think its because how hardcore his music was. I think its to the fact of how he did business with Dre, Cube, and so forth. People dont look at it like hes the Godfather of Gangster Rap. You wouldnt have a Tupac, a Dr. Dre, an Ice Cube, a 50 Cent, a Game if he wouldnt have laid that foundation down. Even the business he handled as an entrepreneur, Master P and other rappers took it upon themselves to do what he did and start their own business. Theres no reason why he shouldnt get the same respect.
AllHipHop.com: From any era in his life and career, do you feel the love and support from your fathers former artists and friends?
Lil Eazy E: Nah, I get love. On the album, Dres lending a hand. I got the D.O.C. lending a hand. Yella keeps in touch. Me, Ren, and Cube are gonna do a track. Bone Thugs & Harmony on there. Im getting all of em together on there. Its a real West coast album. Its a real Compton album. People show a lot of love.
AllHipHop.com: I give you a lot of credit going that route.
Lil Eazy E: Real talk. That whole Ruthless family, I want it back. DJ Quik too, I look forward to keeping him involved.
AllHipHop.com: What is a public misconception or misperception about your father?
Lil Eazy E: The type of man he was. At the same time, there was a type of life he led and went through at a young age. He was a good father. He contributed to a lot of foundations. He cared about a lot of kids. Just that overall street n***a that dont know nothin thats not him. Even the simple fact of how he died. He was into a lot of females as we all are. I dont believe he died of that on that day. Thats something Im gonna issue in my album.
AllHipHop.com: Can you elaborate?
Lil Eazy E: Its a serious situation and I dont knock it at all. I speak on AIDs myself, going around. I just dont feel he passed from that.
AllHipHop.com: Are you saying its not AIDs or thats not how we should look at it?
Lil Eazy E: Both. They look at it and say, Eazy passed of AIDs. When you look at it, he did have many females and this many kids and everything, but thats a wrong stereotype.
AllHipHop.com: You're talking about the relationship between promiscuous sex and AIDs, not that there was another cause of death? There were conspiracy theories a few years ago.
Lil Eazy E: I feel he didnt, but Im not gonna say the government or what. Its something on my album for everybody to know. Hey, at least peoples eyes are open the same direction as mine there was something more to that.
AllHipHop.com: Your father is often remembered for his hats and shades, or the cars, or the 8-Ball. Is there any keepsake that you cherish?
Lil Eazy E: For real, just the pictures, really.
AllHipHop.com: What attributes of your father are in you, from music to physicality?
Lil Eazy E: Thats a trip, dog. I get that everyday. Its stuff that my grandmamma might say, or crack a tear over. The way I act. The way I talk. The way I ran the streets. The way I came in the house late. The way I had girls run out the house. Myself now, I have two little girls the way I have kids at a young age. A lot of aspects. D.O.C. to Dre, even Yella, they all say it.
AllHipHop.com: Is there a special thing as a family youll do on the 26th?
Lil Eazy E: We all spend the day together. As usual, Ill go to the cemetery. As far as my grandparents, they look at it as mourning. September 7th, my fathers birthday, or April 7th, which is supposed to be Eazy E Day in Compton, we all be together. Just that feeling right there, thats okay to me.
AllHipHop.com: Whens the album dropping?
Lil Eazy E: Its still untitled. Its dropping around September.
AllHipHop.com: Maybe on your fathers birthday?
Lil Eazy E: Youre onto something, man.
R.I.P. Eazy E. Stay tuned each day for more parts in our five part series to Eric Eazy E Wright.