The Difficult ‘Eazy-E Week’ At ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Eazy-E would have been 54 on Sept. 7. One of my first interviews ever was with the rapper at his Ruthless Records office in early 1994, shortly after he signed Bone Thugs-n-Harmony out of Cleveland. I found him to have a quiet intensity – thoughtful with his words and serious about his business.


Feb 1994 issue of Rap Sheet

During the Aug. 2, 2015 press conference for “Straight Outta Compton,” producers DJ Yella and Ice Cube, actor Jason Mitchell and director F. Gary Gray spoke about the difficult week of shooting Eazy’s hospital scenes.

There were tears all around. Those shed by Jason’s co-stars, unable to separate the actor from the character, reflect the tight bond they forged off camera. The tears from his two NWA bandmates should tell you just how much of an impact Eric Wright still has on the lives he touched.

Also in honor of Eazy’s birthday, my friend, Felicia “The Poetess” Morris, posted Part 1 of the radio tribute that we co-produced with Mike Mann for LA’s 92.3 the Beat. It first aired in 1995, months after Eazy-E died while hospitalized with AIDS.

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