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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

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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CloseUrLegsToMarriedMen    

The level of ignorance in people amazes me. 90% of the hateful comments posted just shows that. How many kids he had w/ diff mothers or how he died is for NOBODY to judge & doesn't make him less deserving of respect but ignorant minds can't even begin to comprehend that!!

435 days ago
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DahhTroll    

I LOVE bone thugs..!!

435 days ago
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baybek8s    

People are not hearing the message because they can't get past the fact that BT&H all look crackish. Clean up fellas and that will commemorate Eazy-E's legacy.

434 days ago
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joecrabs    

Why in the f*%k are there always stories on here involving Bone Thugs n Harmony?

433 days ago
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Gdymondz    

As much as his contribution to the West Coast rap, Eazy E doesn't get the respect because Ice Cube wrote his raps.

432 days ago
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1Asia    

All I know is this Hologram $#%*'s getting out of control now. If my dog dies, should I get a hologram of my dog? Will this hologram thing get to a place, where if living entertainers do not feel up to performing or touring, they'll just have a hologram made & sent in their place. Enough. The entertainment world is on a rapid & desperate decline.

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