October 22, 2005
EAZY-E had a son, Lil' Eazy-E, whom he didn't raise, didn't live with, and who was "never insulated from the streets by his father's fortune -- even as [his father] grew rich and influential." And yet writer Chris Lee and the son can only find praise for the father who left his son in Compton ["His Own Attitude," Oct. 19]. Apparently they believe Eazy-E's success rapping is more important than his disinterest in parenting. Funny how this story gets the biggest type and photo on Page 1 of Calendar, yet Bill Cosby's meeting in Compton to address parenting, education and social responsibility gets Page 2 the same day. ANDREW LEIST Culver City
March 19, 1995 |
Telephone operators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been deluged with thousands of calls from distraught fans since it was announced that "gangsta" rapper Eazy-E was in critical condition with AIDS in the hospital's intensive care unit. "We've been just about overwhelmed," Paula Correia, director of public relations, said Saturday. "There's been an incredible outpouring of sympathy and we're not equipped to handle it." The 31-year-old rap star, a co-founder of the Compton rap group N.W.A.
October 19, 2005 |
THE necklace is remarkable, not only as an exquisitely crafted piece of hip-hop jewelry roughly equal in value to a small condominium, but also as a memorial to the dead. The diamond-encrusted likeness of the late rapper Eazy-E, the size of a fist, hangs at the end of a thick cable of white gold. His characteristic sunglasses and "Compton"-emblazoned baseball cap are adorned with glittering black "ice." The necklace is the property of Eric "Lil' Eazy-E" Wright Jr.
August 5, 1994 |
Rapper Eazy-E (Eric Wright) has taken on a new and rather tame venture, by his usual standards: hosting a weekly , party-style radio show on KKBT-FM ("The Beat," 92.3) Wright, who founded the rap group N.W.A., first drew controversy for writing a song that many believed advocated violence against police officers, and then later for championing the cause of LAPD Officer Theodore Briseno, who was charged with beating Rodney G. King.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1995 |
Rap artist Eazy-E, a major figure in the commercial development of "gangsta" rap, has AIDS, his record company announced Thursday. Eazy-E, co-founder of the Compton rap group N.W.A., is one of the first major music performers to announce he has the disease.
March 30, 2002 |
Eric "Eazy-E" Wright came from Compton, stood 5-foot-2 and had a Jheri curl. The Dominguez High dropout was a hustler who believed half of what he saw, some of what he heard. He was an autodidact and a petty criminal, and he brought street smarts to the mainstream like few before or since. Eazy-E was crack-era Southern California's Selena, arguably the most purely gutter black man ever to sell tens of millions of records, and a real-time hero.