Today in Hip-Hop: R.I.P. Eazy-E (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995)

On this day, March 26th, in hip-hop history…

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1995: I was drinkin’ 40 ounces a lot/And every liquor store in Compton sold out the day Eazy dropped. Game couldn’t have said it better. Eazy-E was a rap pioneer respected by the West Coast, with a legacy that went down in the hip-hop history books.

The MC born Eric Wright had an uncanny ability to portray the notorious gang activity and crime in Compton with vivid precision. As part of the group N.W.A., alongside Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella, he helped gangster rap gain national exposure. It would later become a groundbreaking phenomenon where hip-hop pundits accepted a pure and unapologetic style. There was nothing like it at the time.

From the late 1980s to early 1990s, Eazy was also viewed as one of the most controversial figures in rap. His fallout with Dr. Dre was highly publicized, as the two went back in forth on a number of tracks. Dre’s 1992 debut The Chronic contained swipes at Eazy, while “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s” resonated for its straightforward shots at the whole Death Row label.

Eazy was diagnosed with AIDS and succumbed to the disease in 1995. Much like many other legends that passed away too soon, Eazy will always be forever remembered for his contributions. Spin some of these cuts in honor of “The Godfather of Gangsta Rap.” Cruisin’ down the street in my 6’4/jockin’ the bitches, slappin’ the hoes…

“Sippin on a 40″
“Real Muthaphuckkin G’s”
“Sorry Louie”
“8 Ball”
“Dope Man”
“Findum Fuckum and Flee”
“Boyz-n-the-Hood”

  • jay

    holla!

  • http://twitter.com/MJ_Xone Nae

    Respect to the Godfather, may he rest!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.mauricio.3511 Mauricio Lucas

    Eazy-E! ETERNAL E….