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Remembering A Real G: Eazy-E

James Dean of Gangsta Rap: Eazy-E (1964-1995)

15 years ago today (March 26, 1995), we lost a real "G" in the rap game -- Eric "Eazy-E" Wright. The godfather of gangsta rap died from AIDS at the young age of 31. His death shocked the hip-hop community and helped put a spotlight on the issue of HIV/AIDS in the black and Latino communities. No longer was AIDS considered just a "gay" disease, young hip-hoppers realized that HIV/AIDS was real and it could affect anyone.

Musically, Eazy-E left behind a discography that will forever cement him as the "Svengali" of West Coast gangsta rap. Without Eazy, there would have been no N.W.A., Bone-Thugs N' Harmony, the D.O.C. , Atban Clan (bka the Black Eyed Peas) or Blood of Abraham. Well, scratch out Blood of Abraham (no, I'm just kidding. #noshots).

There are a whole bunch of Eazy-E tributes on the web. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Straight Outta Compton: NWA Posse Cover

What Happened After N.W.A. and the Posse?

Journalist Martin Cizmar writes a "Where Are They Now"-type series called "The Posse Project," in which he tracked down every person who appeared on the N.W.A. and the Posse album cover, including such notable artists as Arabian Prince, Candyman and Sir Jinx.

Read it here: Phoenix New Times

Dear Dad... caught up with Eazy-E's son, Lil Eazy, who wrote a tribute to his late dad. It's brief, but he puts everything in perspective about his father's legacy.

Read it here: Global Grind


Eazy-E -- "We Want Eazy" (Music Video)


Hip-Hop Producer Ayatollah To Drop New Instrumental LP

Slim Shady: Producer Ayatollah

Hip-hop producer Ayatollah is probably one of the most underrated producers in the rap game. Primarily recognized for producing Mos Def's classic summertime jam "Ms. Fat Booty," the Queens, N.Y.-bred beatsmith's production credits includes joints for such rappers as Cormega, Ghostface Killah, Guru, Inspectah Deck, M.O.P., Rakim and many others.

But Ayatollah's most noteworthy projects are his instrumental albums, including Listen, Now Playing, Louder and Drum Machine

Next up for Ayatollah is his upcoming digital-only instrumental release, The Quixotic via Nature Sounds. The title alone is a head scratcher, but Quixotic means "exceedingly idealistic, unrealistic and impractical." According to 'Tollah, the word best describes who he is as a person. But the digital album will be far from unrealistic. The 27-track collection, which hits online stores on April 27, boasts cameo appearances from Sadat X and the usual creative, head-nodding beats from Ayatollah. "By far, this is my most personal record to date," he says. "The sounds I chose really describe what’s going on at this point in my life."

Cover and Tracklisting:



Ayatollah: "Marley Marl Gave Me My First MPC"

Ayatollah's Top 5 Beats From Queens

Ayatollah -- MySpace | Twitter | Cop his albums on iTunes

After the jump... get familiar with Ayatollah biggest BEATS!

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New Music: Madlib - "True Champs"

Madlib - True Champs (Instrumental)

Madlib -- "True Champs" [from Strong Arm Steady: In Search Of Stoney Jackson (Instrumentals)]

Beat Goes On: BeatsnRants (via Tumblr)