Shot by Peter Dokus and written by Keith Murray, VIBE has released their special Eric ‘Eazy-E’ Wright edition. Titled: Family, Friends & Industry Speak On the Ruthless Life Of An American Gangsta, those who knew and worked with Eazy-E weigh in on the late rapper; the new film Straight Outta Compton and NWA’s legacy. Check out a few excerpts.
I didn’t think a studio would have the courage to make [Straight Outta Compton]… not the way I wanted it made. At any moment I was ready to bounce because it was like, ‘Yo, if we can’t do this right we shouldn’t do it at all.’
Black Eyed Peas leader Will.i.am:
He never seemed like he was playing a role. When you listened to N.W.A. you forget that Cube went to college and that Dre was in an electro funk band called World Class Wreckin’ Cru. That’s how real Eazy was. He was the one in the group that really was driving the ‘64 and hustling drugs in the streets to survive.
I remember they played at [New York’s legendary Harlem venue] the Apollo and it was not a good night. N.W.A. did not cut it in Harlem the first time around, but they definitely got better. They were saying, ‘We are going to talk about where we are at instead of where we want to be.’ That was very powerful.
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