On what would have been the weekend of Compton rapper Eazy-E’s 50th birthday, BET.com caught up with the family of the late musician for a series of interviews. Among the family members interviewed were Lil Eazy-E, Eazy-E’s oldest son and Erica Wright, the late rapper’s daughter.
Lil Eazy-E spoke on rappers who claim to pay homage to Eazy-E in their songs and revealed that truly paying homage would consist of “reaching out to the ones that’s here.”
“You just think of the words of homage and it’s like what it really is,” Lil Eazy-E said. “You see what I’m saying? It’s—Cause a rapper took his verse and threw it in a song and feel like you done paid your respect. Nah, you did what you did to make yourself relevant. Homage is reaching out to the ones that’s here. That’s still supporting him. And giving proper due respect. When people take songs of pops and do all that. Nah, I don’t feel like that’s paying homage. You doing what’s right for you to make it. Why? Because look at who he is.”
Erica Wright also spoke on those who have used the same blueprint as her father and shared that she has no problem with that as long as they pay proper respect. She also referred to Eazy-E as “the God of rap” and addressed the upcoming N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
“To know that they’re following the same blueprint that my father put out is really amazing,” Wright said. “To know that he started this. As long as everybody pay homage and remember where it came from then I really don’t have a problem with it. I just want respect where respect is due. As far as the movie goes, we haven’t been consulted. I would feel better if they came to us and asked for our ideas and things that we would want in the movie. And just involve us period. Let us have things in how we want the outlook to be or what we would want to see on the big screen. The movie, I’m really happy about it. I’m really supportive of it. This is the first time my dad would be seen on the big screen, period. To even let everyone know the person he is. To me my dad is like the God, the God of rap.”
Lil Eazy-E, who shared that if his father was alive today he’d probably be his football agent, later spoke on his father rapping on matters of police brutality years ago.
“Individuals who went through any struggle in the streets [it’s like], ‘That’s my voice.’ Yo, pops let it be known,” he said. “And everybody knows as we do this and as you get ready to air this about a lot of these kids being out here shot and killed by police. And the police brutality that’s going on. Who told you about that years ago? Who put your mind state to that? On what’s going on and showed the world that that is going on and that’s how we feel years ago. Twenty-five years ago. My father, man. He’s a genius.”
BET.com’s interviews with Lil Eazy-E and Erica Wright can be found below.