Remembering Eazy-E (1963-1995)

Eazy-E passed away 22 years ago. He has been one of founding members of hip hop titans N.W.A., the godfather of gangsta rap and a true icon for the tattoo art.

March 26 will always be a sad day in hip hop history. That gloomy day, in 1995, rapper/producer Eazy-E (real name: Eric Lynn Wright) passed away at 31 years after having contracted the AIDS virus. Eazy (aka in the early stages of his career as “Casual”) knew the tragic news about his bad health just a month prior his death. Still today he’s considered by every b-boy the godfather of gangasta rap for his strong role in N.W.A. (Niggers With Attitude) and for having founded the first label (Ruthless Records) highly focused on this musical genre made by hardcore lyrics and infectious beats.

He came from Compton, one of the most difficult LA suburb.

‘Straighta Outta Compton’ (1988), the historic debut of N.W.A. (the rap super-group formed by Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Mc Ren and DJ Yella) is one of the most important record, not only in hip hop, but in the whole American music. The collective disbanded in 1991 after the publishing of ‘Efil4zaggin’ because the departure of Ice Cube and the bad conflicts between Dr. Dre and Eazy himself. Later Erik recorded two EPs – among which the malicious ‘It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa’ – and some posthumous albums.

The Game, another big name in hip hop coming from Compton, said during an interview: «Eazy-E has been Compton like Julius Caesar has been Rome». The author of ‘The Documentary’ has a Eazy tattoo on his forearm. He’s not the only one in the worldwide tattoo community…