Eazy-E is set to be honored with a Compton street named after him, and the late rappers family is “truly grateful” for the honor.
“To hear our father Eric ‘Eazy-E’ Wright is being honored during the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, it’s a testament to his impact and legacy in the genre,” he said. “His contributions to Hip Hop music and the entertainment business and culture continue to be recognized and celebrated, and we are truly grateful.”
He continued: “We will continue to make sure our father’s charitable contributions will continue to be our goal thru our nonprofit, the Eric Wright Foundation. We truly appreciate the honor.”
The City of Compton will rename Auto Plaza Drive South to “Eazy Street” on November 22 in a special event from noon to 3p.m. PT that will be open to the public. Lil Eazy-E and N.W.A’s DJ Yella will perform, as well as DJ Joe Cooley.
The Ruthless Records founder passed away nearly three decades ago but there could still be some posthumous records floating around, according to one of the late rapper’s close friends.
Rock The Bells caught up with Arnold “Bigg A” White at a listening event in March for Daz Dillinger and Lil Eazy-E’s joint album, The Legacy. According to him, Eazy had collaborations in the stash with Slash of Guns N’ Roses.
“There is unreleased music still out there,” Bigg A confirmed. “We know for a fact that he had two or three or four reels in his car when he went to the hospital. Those reels came up missing.
“He had songs with Slash from Guns n’ Roses — he had songs with Guns n’ Roses on those reels. Those reels have been found ’cause they wound up in Canada. That’s a whole other story, but what happened to them [since], I don’t know.”
He continued: “I don’t know if the estate got them, but there is unreleased music, and Yella has some, I know for a fact that there is some unreleased acapella vocals, that he was working on some records with a couple of producers I worked with and last I heard was that they were up in Dre’s studio.”
The Godfather of Gangsta Rap passed away on March 26, 1995 from complications related to AIDS-induced pneumonia.
The N.W.A frontman’s estate released Eazy’s only posthumous album, Str8 off tha Streetz of MuthaphukkinCompton, in January 1996 which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and several years later an EP in 2002 titled Impact of a Legend.