Eazy-E’s is a legend in hip-hop. He’s credited with helping to usher in gangster rap, and also introducing N.W.A. However, some feel the circumstances of his death tainted his legacy.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony members say that the late rapper doesn’t get the hip-hop props he should, because he died of AIDS, reports TMZ.com.
“Some people seem like they are afraid to commemorate him due to how he died,” Bizzy Bone tells TMZ. “But, Bone never once has — nor will stop — commemorating him.”
Eazy died in 1995 at age 31. He left behind seven children by six different women.
Bone feels Eazy doesn’t get the proper respect because of the stigma of attached to people who contract AIDS, unlike other late hip-hop icons like Biggie and Tupac.
“They died being known as gangsta heroes,” Krayzie Bone says. “Eazy died from a disease … so many look at that differently.”
Bone is planning to honor Eazy durig their upcoming Rock The Bells performance, which will feature a hologram of the rap icon.