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:
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
GlobalGrid.com 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)