The founding member of N.W.A lost his life 20 years ago to complications with AIDS and has gone on to become a cultural symbol for gangsta rap.
In a new video by HipHopDX, surviving group members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray all explain how Eazy-E’s genius was the gel to make their rise to prominence such a swift one.
“Eazy is the reason why this thing really worked,” Dr. Dre says in the video.
“He’s one of the most courageous dudes I ever met,” Ice Cube added “and hopefully this is a tribute to him and what he built.” MC Ren also vouches for the notion that Eazy-E would have loved seeing Straight Outta Compton on the big screen.
Eminem is slated to fill the Eazy-E void, at least, for a European tour.
Watch the video below and go see the film on August 14.