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Eazy-E: Celebs with HIV

When N.W.A. burst on the hip-hop scene in 1986, their gangsta rap style and lyrics were met with praise by some and hate by others.  Their gritty music about drugs, violence and life on the streets of Los Angeles turned them into hip-hop legend, and rapper Eazy-E gained national attention and praise.

About Eazy-E

Eazy-E-HIVBorn Eric Wright in 1965, Eazy-E had it rough growing up in a crime-ridden area near Los Angeles.  He turned to drug dealing and petty crimes as a youngster until he founded Ruthless Records.  Though his record company, he started N.W.A.. Eazy-E also released a solo album in 1989, titled “Eazy-Duz-It”.  The album went double platinum. (source)

The music business is full of feuds and in 1991, Eazy-E got into a dispute with fellow N.W.A. member, Dr. Dre.  The dispute escalated to dis-honorable mentions in each other’s music, dissing one other back and forth.

Outside of the music game, Eazy-E was known for his promiscuity. He fathered seven children with six different women and was sexually active with countless others.  It was this promiscuity that led to the diagnosis of HIV in February of 1995.  Before the diagnosis, Eazy believed he’d been suffering from bronchitis, but the news was far more dyer.

The month after the diagnosis, Eazy had developed full blown AIDS and passed away at age 31.

Easy-E’s Legacy

Eric Wright is known as a legendary MC who helped shape the rap game.  N.W.A. is one of the most recognizable and influential groups in hip-hop.  Though his feud with Dr. Dre was never resolved during his life, Dre spoke in later albums of how he missed his old companion.

Perhaps that’s the legacy Eazy-E would have wanted, but the fact remains that his promiscuity led to AIDS, and his AIDS led to seven fatherless children.  Being famous is not an excuse to being promiscuous.  We live in an age where not being smart about sex can lead to serious consequences, and Eazy found out the hard way.

If you’re having sexual relationships with multiple partners, make sure to use protection. Condoms are one of the only ways (outside of abstinence) to prevent an STD. And if there’s any chance at all you could be HIV positive, please be tested for HIV. Medications are available that could save your life.


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  1. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Herndon on October 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    If you are familiar with any of Eazy-E’s music, its not hard to believe that he was extremely promiscuous. I hope this post will serve to open people’s eyes and realize they need to protect their health by using protection.

  2. Comment by CertaPro Painters on October 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Many celebrities are known for their promiscuity, it seems like something that is accepted among celebrities but Easy-E sadly shows why this should not be the case.

  3. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Altamonte Springs on October 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    It is sad to see situations like this happen. It shows how important it is to be safe when engaging in intercourse.

  4. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Worcester on October 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Easy E is a perfect example of how quickly HIV can progress into AIDS. Luckily we have a lot more technology than at that time and can help individuals. However, having unprotected sex with multiple partners is not setting anyone up for a positive future.

  5. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Kansas City on October 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I agree with the fact that technology is going to help with the understanding of this disease. But it is also a good idea to be safe in the first place. Thanks for the information.

  6. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Nashville on October 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    It is sad the we lost Eazy but perhaps his loss will help inspire others to be more careful.

  7. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Louisville on October 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    It’s very sad when individuals allow their success to lead to the thought that they are invincible. I hope that those that idolized him realized that being promiscuous could, and does, lead to terrible diseases.

  8. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of South Charlotte on October 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    It’s easy for celebrities to get caught up in a highly sexual lifestyle, when so many people are attracted to them because of their status. Whether this is right or wrong it is always smart to be safe.

  9. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Des Moines on October 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    It’s a shame whenever someone contracts HIV. Hopefully good can come of this story yet as an example to others.

  10. Comment by Patton Termite & Pest on October 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    This blog shows many different reactions people can have to bad situations. It didn’t end well for Eazy- E but this would be a hard situation for anyone.

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