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.
Born 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.
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.