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AIDS Is Crippling

Eazy-E's Legacy

5/17/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Eazy-E doesn’t get the hip-hop cred he's due because he died of AIDS -- so say members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

“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 -- a founding member of N.W.A who discovered and mentored Bone Thugs -- died in 1995 at age 31. He left behind 7 kids with 6 different women.

But the guys from BT&H don't believe Eazy is getting the posthumous respect he deserves because of various stigmas attached to people who contract AIDS.

This sounds like a throwback to the dark ages ... the 1980s -- when people scoffed at the poor souls who died of AIDS because it was considered a "gay disease" ... and the guys from Bone Thugs are implying that Eazy is being unfairly painted with that brush.

In fact, Krayzie Bone tells us he thinks some people in the hip-hop community believe an AIDS death is an inferior, or less-manly way to die than say ... a shooting death -- like Biggie Smalls and Tupac.

"They died being known as gangsta heroes," Krayzie says ... "Eazy died from a disease ... so many look at that differently."

Flesh-n-Bone tells TMZ … the group plans to honor Eazy by performing “Foe Tha Love of $” with Eazy's hologram at the “Rock the Bells” festival in September and October.

“The success Eazy left to the rap game is enormous and can't be topped by anyone," Layzie Bone told TMZ. "We are going to make sure we have the stage full of Eazy love."

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DownSouth    

RIP Easy muthaflukin E.

438 days ago
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Seriously    

He died if aids? I figured he got shot by snoop or something

438 days ago
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Kash511    

True

438 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

That must be what they think. No one else thinks that. And know one thinks Biggie and Tupac's deaths were glorious either. All of em are just dead. The end. And I thought Easy had 12 children.

438 days ago
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Gridiron    

His legacy is intact for what he did. Eazy was more of a facilitator than an artist. He even said it himself on wax: "Ice Cube writes the rhymes that I say..." So they should be comparing him to Jermaine Dupri and Diddy, not B.I.G. and Tupac...

438 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

And TMZ as you see no one gives two sh*ts about this story and therein lies Eazy's problem. At the time of his death he had long since been smashed to smithereens by the most powerful rap conglomerate at the time, Suge Knight's Death Row. Not to mention he wasn't a good rapper. He just knew how to surround himself with great rappers, producers and writers. That's why his legacy is just blah. Not because of the AIDS.

438 days ago
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thugzilla    

E E was such a pillar of society.

438 days ago
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gerr    

him and farrah abraham got something in common, they both like it back door, him from his homies on the down low. I wonder if he were alive if he would be as dome as abraham and get a preggers test too...

438 days ago
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madhat42    

This argument is invalid. Freddie Mercury died of AIDS, and yet he is is considered one of, if not the best frontman and rock vocalist of all time and is generally revered and respected by everybody. Eazy just didn't do as much as someone like Mercury. They style of music he performed didn't reach out to as broad of an audience, so there was only a small chunk of society that really appreciated what he did. It's not that he is undeserving, that's just the way it is and it has nothing to do with him dying of AIDS.

438 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

What a legacy to leave behind-He died at 31 from Aids with 7 kids by 6 different women.

438 days ago
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RoadRig    

thought he was dissed by dre so much that even the dawgs he grew up with don't even respect his ass..

438 days ago
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tessa    

up to date rapper crap brought to you by BET, err TMZ, the BET wannabe

438 days ago
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Steph    

I don't believe Easy-E is not being memorialized because of his death by AIDS, I think it's more likely that he wasn't as much a household name as Biggy and Tupac. Don't get me wrong! I love Easy-E's stuff but his best performing song only achieved song 57 in the billboard top 100. Biggy and Tupac topped that charts several times. Hypnotize held the number 1 spot for weeks. Basically Bone Thugs is comparing apples to oranges in my opinion.

438 days ago
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Mars414    

Wow, there's a death pecking order in the hip hop community? Getting sprayed with automatic gunfire is the stairway to hip hop heaven? Ya learn something new every frickin day!

438 days ago
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Bob Dalzell    

Who cares what killed 'em? The good news is that the thugs are dead.

438 days ago
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