Eric “Eazy-E” Wright passed away 12 years ago after succumbing to the AIDS virus. His legacy and influence, however, is still felt today. As one of the founding members of N.W.A, Eazy was one of the pioneers of gangsta rap. Through his work with N.W.A and his solo material, Eazy introduced the entire world to struggles minorities in Los Angeles faced everyday. His blueprint is still utilized by almost every gangsta rap artist today. XXLMag.com pays tribute to a hip-hop legend on the 12th anniversary of his death by sharing some of Eazy’s finest videos and songs from his career.

"We Want Eazy" Eazy-Duz-It Priority, 1988


"Boyz-N-The-Hood" Eazy-Duz-It Priority, 1988

"Eazy-er Said Than Done" Eazy-Duz-It Priority,1988


"Radio" Eazy-Duz-It Priority, 1988

"Eazy-Duz-It" Eazy-Duz-It Priority, 1988

"Straight Outta Compton" Straight Outta Compton Priority, 1990


"Real Niggaz Don't Die" EFIL4ZAGGIN Priority, 1992

"I'd Rather Fuck You" EFIL4ZAGGIN Priority, 1992