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Remembering A West Coast Classic: RIP EAZY-E

Posted on March 27, 2007 2:35 AM

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Due to yesterday’s coverage of the Paid Dues Festival, I set aside this week’s West Coast Classic for today. Yesterday was the 12 year anniversary of the death of one of the most important men in West Coast rap, so it’s only fitting that we dedicate today’s blog to that man... Eazy-E.

Whether you liked him as a rapper or not, the fact of the matter is that Eazy was responsible for assembling one of the most important rap groups of all time, whose breakup spawned the careers of two of the most successful and well-recognized solo artists to ever come out of California- Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. And to take it a step further, one of those solo artists went on to work closely with- and in several cases, discover -many of the most successful hip hop artists of the last decade. It could be argued that without Eazy-E, artists like Snoop, The Game, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Kurupt and Daz may have never enjoyed the levels of success that they reached.

Whether Dre or Cube would’ve found the spotlight on their own someday is irrelevant. The bottom line is that things went down the way they did, and history was made along the way.

Eazy-E is, to this day, the only person in the world of hip hop who brought attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that was beginning to run rampant in the U.S. during the early-to mid ‘90s. His untimely death made it clear that this was something that could happen to anyone, and although it was a huge loss, his passing did serve as a much-needed wake up call to the hip hop world.

Although the last years of his life were spent beefing with members of his former crew, it's obvious that Eazy, Cube, Dre, Ren and Yella left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. Of all the classic songs that NWA dropped, I had to go with my favorite. So here it is...

And although a lot of purists hate on anything that NWA dropped after Cube left the group, this next one is still one of my favorite NWA songs of all time. I had to throw this one in as the cherry on top.

Rest in Peace, Eazy.

Posted by SOHH Leftist

Comments

  • zach says...
  • am i the only person whose gonna give this dude his much deserved props??i am also a white boy livin in australia.and why wasnt BONE THUGS N HARMONY mentioned above???they have sold 35 million and counting!!plus numerous awards!!

  • March 27, 2007 7:12 AM
  • MIC-TEK says...
  • R.I.P to the Best Man that put HIP HOP on the map and that was EAZY-E. Damn 12 years already I remember that shit like it was last week. Scary!

  • March 27, 2007 7:24 AM
  • J-mami says...
  • RIP EASY E

    He impacted hip hop in more than one way, making us conscious of the AIDS epidemic

  • March 27, 2007 8:25 AM
  • $panky says...
  • Eazy-E was that dude, pioneered gangsta rap, R.I.P 11523

  • March 27, 2007 8:29 AM
  • 210 says...
  • RIP Eazy-E. Too bad Bone Thugs never get the recognition they deserve

  • March 27, 2007 8:49 AM
  • B- Stuy Long says...
  • YO! I just want to pay my respect to the man Eazy-E. From Brooklyn, NYC to LA it's all love Baby.


    R.I.P. Eazy-E

  • March 27, 2007 11:21 AM
  • Bird says...
  • Posted by: zach at March 27, 2007 7:12 AM

    100% Cosign - Thanks for getting that out from jump?

    @ Eighty

    Your tribute is apologetic and tentative. What's up with that? First of all the anniversary of Eazy's death should have been acknowledged yesterday. What the hell is the Paid Dues Festival? Easy started that West Coast movement. The same props that Big and Pac get Easy should be getting. Don't be apologizing for him. Yeah we know he was grimey on the business tip, but that doesn't take away from his accomplishments and I'm sorry you feel it does.

  • March 27, 2007 11:22 AM
  • East Coast says...
  • Eazy-E was pioneer on so many levels. Living on the East Coast as a teenager when NWA came out, it blew my phuckin mind to see guys outwardly curse and talk about the cops like that. Add to that the businessman and forward-thinking Eazy was and hip hop would not be the world phenomenon that it is now. Everybody eatin right now owes a little money to Eazy E, there would be no rap moguls without him.

    Nothing but respect for the gangsta in black.

    My favorite Eazy E song: "We want Eazy"

  • March 27, 2007 11:41 AM
  • MUCH LOVE says...
  • STRAIGHT OG

  • March 27, 2007 11:47 AM
  • jerz says...
  • This blog aint never got shit to talk about in current events. Its always some old shit remembering old groups and rappers. west coast really aint got shit goin on huh? Corny ass niggas

  • March 27, 2007 11:53 AM
  • MrMe3zUp!!! says...
  • 1st off...lol @ brilly goin double baby wipe yesterday wit his 900K word thesis of a post. Eighty instead of payin for him to go to that nerd convention you shoulda paid for me to go to that Bone thugs an DJ quik concert last week bcuz their relevant to modern day rap/hiphop unlike those breakfast club performers that brilly reviewed an got to see live

    RIP to the real Blueprint aka the 1st hiphop Thugsta (since 93' check 187em Killa album) aka Eazy but Eighty you think maybe it woulda been best if you actually posted a EAZYE VIDEO instead of a NWA VIDEO? Real Muthaphukkin Gz shoulda been up there along wit Only If U Want It...Neighborhood Sniper...We Want Eazy an more. This seemed like a rushed job an deserves a part 2.

  • March 27, 2007 11:55 AM
  • bluntblazer says...
  • RIP EASY E 4 REAL MAYN A REAL MUTHAFUCKIN G I GREW UP ON NWA EVEN THO CUBE WAS MY FAV OUT THA GROUP EASY WAS A HOT SECOND BUT YEA I MEMBA WHEN HE DIED NIGGS WAS LIKE DAM BETTA STRAP UP ON DEZ BEEZYS. REMINISSIN ON DEM JERRY CURL DAYS WESTCOAST GANGSTA WIT RAIDERS CAPS AND 40 OZ.S.

    GO TO
    www.myspace.com/thagrindaholic
    4 DAT NEW TRUNK SLAPPER
    "U CAN GET IT"

  • March 27, 2007 12:27 PM
  • brillyancestar says...
  • OH WOW, thank god, I thought all the e-thugs had got killed yesterday in an e-driveby or something...I'm glad you guys are still breathing. Apparently everybody is fine, they just couldn't get there parents to read the whole article for them. I should've just said, "Show good, Game bad" and I could've got a million comments.
    As far as Easy goes, dude was the original rap CEO like alot of people have said. Before he died he was about to make a video game(way before WU tang, or Def Jam) he did alot of things Ceo dudes are just now doing. Truthfully, I respect dude (although he wasn't that good of a rapper and didn't write his own raps) alot, and would've made a comment at the end of the review but......I'd rather spend more time focusing on rappers who are still alive. People die everyday. This comment comes directly from myself, and don't try to pin this on anyone else, but why the hell is everybody always giving ALL these props to dead rappes? Why don't people give people props why there alive? Although everybody is giving him props now, when Eazy was alive 90 percent of ya'll probably didn't fuck with him because of his beef with Dre. Ya'll probably complained that he was featured on "For the Love of Money" (if you don't know that song, stfu) Now he's dead, "oh yea, much love" Tupac was a popular dude, but since he died, EVERYBODY likes him. Biggie, I don't know, maybe in NY he was popular, but out here dude wasn't that big of a deal, he was, but he wasn't, after he died though, his career skyrocketed. Why is this? I bet if Talib Kweli died, Mrmee3upz would probably start riding his dick, "oh kweli was tight" Besides, if everyone else did it, he'd have to, I mean, his name is "Mr Me 3" he's a follower by nature. I just wanna know if someone can tell me why rappers don't get this much respect when they're alive?

  • March 27, 2007 12:40 PM
  • MrMe3zUp!!! says...
  • @brilly i wouldnt care about Kweli dead or alive bcuz hes a nerd that doesnt have any starpower an should be cleanin KFC restrooms for a livin instead of makin songs that nobody listens to or pays for

    Eazy didnt get respect after he died

    Pac was a black leader so more folks cared when he died bcuz we knew we wouldnt get his messages in lyrics anymore since he passed.

    Only NYCers care about bigs death bcuz NYC always wants to be #1 an wit Pac gone Big became #1 (for like 3months until his untimely murkin). Big never stood for nothin so i dont know why folks like him more after death either

    Bury me smilin
    Wit Gz in my pocket
    Have a party on sohh Left Coast
    Let every blogger rock it

    ...thats for if they try an assasinate me next

  • March 27, 2007 1:04 PM
  • brillyancestar says...
  • Kweli sells as many records as "the G'z" are, cuz nobody is selling 5 mill anymore, and since he's from NYC, yet I go to his shows out west and he has big crowds, people are listening. Actually I beleive more people "Listen" (name of the first single off his new album) to Kweli than "the G'z" cuz you can't actually listen to the bullshit alot of the ignorent people here promote. You hear it, if you listened, you wouldn't fuck with it. You LISTEN to kweli.
    Back to my main point though....
    Pac was a black leader so more folks cared when he died bcuz we knew we wouldnt get his messages in lyrics anymore since he passed.

    Ok...so why don't people support people while they're alive, so they can give more messages in lyrics? While he's alive he got support, more then any of the other rappers who passed, but why didn't people support him while he was alive like they do now, so he can know that people appreciate what he's doing?
    "I contemplate putting messages up in my song/but niggas don't wanna hear that shit for very long"
    -"Hollywood" Krondon from Strong Arm Steady
    ...Kweli is a nerd that doesn't have "Starpower"....Starpower...that's a BET thing right there. I haven't heard that word anywhere else but BET, I'm sure anybody that knows anythng about Hip Hop remembers BET wouldn't show Little Brothers "Loving It" video because it was "too intelligent" for BET's audience. The video was pretty plain, but now I see what they were talking about.

  • March 27, 2007 1:24 PM
  • leftcoast415 says...
  • Damn, videos were a lot more interesting back in the days. Too many videos set in the club these days.


    http://leftcoast415.blogspot.com (Bay Area Hip Hop News, Audio, Videos etc.)

  • March 27, 2007 1:49 PM
  • junclassic says...
  • Easy E was one of Hip Hop's early entrepreneurial pioneers. His voice and persona was unrivaled, and he's a legeand that way too many are quick to forget.

    I walsy admired how Game "resurrected" his legacy by tatooing the image of Eazy on his arm and rapping about how Reagan invited Eazy to the White House (or maybe it was Bush). Imagine eazy E up in the White House!!! He was probly bent up AND holdin'.

    Damn.. Hip Hop can REALLY be the shit sometimes...

    Much Much Respeck to you OG triple OG...

    100

  • March 27, 2007 1:57 PM
  • Sherance says...
  • miss eazy miss nwa e put bone out there, cpo, above the law, jj fad, kokane, bg knocc out and dresta, the d.o.c. his first lp no one can do it better is still the shit. cube left and got down with the lench mob, yoyo, kam, wc, coolio, mack 10, del the funky homosaphien yeah I miss those days eazy made some tight cd's it';s on and styr8 off the streets of muthaphukkin compton the laST ONE WAS RELEASED A YEAR AFTER HIS DEATH they are still banging yeah dre's gone but hey the show must go on.

    nwa's last cd niggaz4life was classic enjoyed the p funk samples.

    the whole eazy legacy lives check out lil eazy e's tracks on dubcnn the prince of compton.

  • March 27, 2007 4:22 PM
  • SOHH HATER says...
  • SOHH.COM AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT ARE THE ONES WHO ARE TRYING TO KILL HIPHOP WITH THEIR BIAS "REPORTING" .....I BET THEY CAN'T WAIT FOR ANOTHER EMINEM ALBUM TO DROP HUH GOYA?

  • March 27, 2007 4:29 PM
  • REALTALK says...
  • WHAT SUCKS IS EVERY YEAR WE DONT FORGET B.I.G. AND TUPAC WHO BOTH DIED IN WHAT IS NOW CONSIDERED A ROCKSTAR DEATH.

    IT SEEMS IN THE INDUSTRY U EITHER DIE IN A PLANE CRASH, O.D. ON SOME SHIT AND DIE IN A HOTEL, LAST BUT NOT LEAST GUNFIRE.
    EAZY DIED OF HIV AND NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT HIM. HE DOESNT GET THE PROPS HE DESERVES

  • March 27, 2007 6:53 PM
  • BLAST4ME says...
  • HI GOD, I'M EAZY E, THE QUASI SATANIC MIDGET KINDA BASTARD THAT FOUNDED THE MOST DEGRADING FORM OF MUISC IN THE HISTORY OF BLACK PEOPLE.
    I FUCKED MY HOMEBOYS OUT OF A SHIT LOAD OF MONEY AND I AM STILL LOVED AND REMEMBERED MY LOYAL FANS.

    DEATH DON'T MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON, NOR EXCUSE YOUR DIRT.
    BLAST

  • March 27, 2007 7:07 PM
  • Chico says...
  • I grew up on NWA and Eazy E in the late 80's on through the 90's. Every hard cat on my block was bumpin NWA in they rides and spitting Cube's verses out of their mouths! (Especially since that was around the time when cats in LA had a heavy influence on what we were doing in St. Louis!) "It's not about a salary all about reality", the first Ghetto CNN report from a Neighborhood gangster's and dope slanger's perspective. Everybody should be giving props where props are definitely due. Rest In Peace Eazy, GOd bless your soul Brother.

  • March 27, 2007 10:08 PM
  • C-Red says...
  • All these hating ass young cats. We talk about old and dead rappers b/c 99.9 percent of the new ones are garbage. I swear if i hear another fuckin trap star, song about rims, the club or some gay ass dance ten I'm going to explode. At least with NWA, they were creative with the shit, they told stories painted a picture and discussed the negative aspects of street life. Hell they even had positive songs like "express yourself", these new rappers don't even have the balls to try or say something new. Hell Lil Wayne taking classes in college now, but he ain't man enough to mention it. Rich boy went to college, but he talks only about the streets on his album. I mean the shit is getting corny now. This commercialized thuggery. Niggas sound like a broken record. Anyways, you young shit heads don't even have an attention span anymore so I lost ya'll a long time ago. I'm out

  • March 28, 2007 1:33 AM
  • brillyancestar says...
  • Apparently C-red doesn't pay much attention to anything I say, listen to any of the rapper I listen to, or recognize Ice Cube went to college...maybe I'm to young to remember, but I don't remember Cube mentioning "Higher Learning" with the exception of interviews for a movie. Everybody disses rappers of today, but then when they speak of the rappers of today, they bring up Lil Wayne. As I recall, Lil Wayne has mentioned going to school several times, which would be several times more than Ice Cube. Not to to diss Cube, cuz I know that's what simple minded people take this as, but the fact of the matter is, back in the day, the rap world was alot smaller. It was easy to know what was going on. It was ALL on TV. From NWA, TO Luke, To PE, to Rakim, to Will Smith. Now the rap world is much larger, and it's NOT all on TV, yet people see what's on TV and make judgements about rap and hip hop like they know it all, when they don't know shit.

  • March 28, 2007 1:52 AM
  • truth says...
  • 1 love for Eazy E

  • March 28, 2007 2:11 AM
  • truth says...
  • 1 love for eazy E, rip.

  • March 28, 2007 2:11 AM
  • Da Mayor, Dick Daley, ChiTown says...
  • SOHH CHICAGO -- THE VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE

    RIP EAZY. BEIN FROM THE CHI, WE HEARD SOME OF EVERYBODY, AND I ALWAYS DUG EAZY.

    LIL E SAID HE DIDN'T DIE FROM AIDS. I BELIEVE HIM YO. I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT I DO...


    FAVE EAZY TRAK: EITHER EAZY DUZ IT OR EAZIER SAID THAN DUNN.

    HIM AND DRE ARE(WERE) SOME OF THE BEST NON-WRITIN RAPPERS OUT (SORRY PUFF)

    "SAID B4 THAT I WAS BORN IN 73/ NOW EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW THE A-G-E/ GIRLS ON THE TIP, FELLAS TOO IT SEEMS. HAD EVERYBODY THINKIN I WAS ONLY 15..."

    MY FAVORITE:

  • March 28, 2007 2:15 AM
  • TreDawg says...
  • Miss u eazy.... west coast needs u mane.

  • March 29, 2007 4:31 PM
  • jack benimble says...
  • FO REAL Y WASNT' BONE~THUGS~N~HARMONY MENTIONED? W.E..R.i.P EAZY-E......

  • March 30, 2007 1:58 PM
  • Professional Stan says...
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  • April 2, 2007 3:19 AM
  • r-let says...
  • hey i juzt wanted to say that eazy-e was like my all time favorite rap singer..he is very loved ...he is like my idol i like every single album ..he is all over my walls ..R.I.P...EaZy-E..

  • April 3, 2007 1:55 PM
  • angel jesus carrillo says...
  • R.I.P DA HOMEBOY JEREMY.W AND DA REAL COMPTON CITY .G. EAZY-E

  • April 3, 2007 9:26 PM
  • matthew rodriguez says...
  • Yo I got to pay my respects to the man that was and is to this day the best rapper that ever lived!!!

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  • April 26, 2008 2:08 PM
  • tia says...
  • r.i.p to the finnest man who ever walked this earth we love you eazy and you will never be forgotten see you on the ther side

  • April 28, 2008 12:51 AM
  • mailtom says...
  • and foxes for the I know up across for the friends with a forts

  • May 2, 2008 11:59 PM

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