In Memoriam: Eazy E

Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was a pioneer for west coast rap and gangsta rap as a whole, bringing the world a taste of the ghetto that hadn’t been seen before on that level.  Though the message NWA put out couldn’t be considered positive, it was a wake-up call to America, showing them that the monster created by urban oppression was very real and residing not far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the image of Los Angeles most outsiders had.  

Sadly, Eazy inadvertently provided a wake-up call to the hip-hop community and the Black community at large that HIV/AIDS was also very real.  It wasn’t a gay man’s disease or strictly reserved for junkies…anyone could fall victim to the disease.  

On February 24, 1995, Eazy was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA with what he believed to be asthma.  He was diagnosed with AIDS.  He died on March 16, 1995.  That being said, I urge my readers not only to get tested regularly and engage in safe sex, but to also be selective when choosing partners.  AIDS isn’t the only thing out there to be caught and your body should be your temple.  Also, consider that condoms aren’t always 100% effective and pregnancy can also result, obviously, so think about whether you’re ready to won up to those consequences with that partner should that occur.  Not to be a buzzkill, but Eazy’s death and the absence of a cure should tell us that AIDS is nothing to play with.  Life is too valuable, be it yours or the potential life you can be creating.  Use your brains and your better judgment.  Peace.

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Vintage Goods: La Raza x Kid Frost

This is a classic West Coast song from one of the earlier Latino MCs who came out in 1990 mixing Spanish lyrics with English and representing his people in a major way.  This joint is guaranteed to turn a Ford Focus into a gorgeous lowrider…just don’t fool yourself and try to pick up any chicas.

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Get Familiar: Isaiah Rashad

This young brother is a testament to the fact that you can really stumble across some gems going through your inbox as a blogger.  He’s also a lesson in persistence to upcoming artists.  Dude approached on the humble, told me I hadn’t listened the first time he sent me something, and asked again that I listen…so I did.  And I’m glad I did.  

Isaiah Rashad will draw many comparisons, but this article is about him and not them and you can feel free to listen below and come to your own conclusions.  What I hear here is a great ear for production and an inventive approach to writing.  Dude gets busy and I see him going places.  Give this a listen.

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Visuals: Larry Bird Freestyle x Riff Raff

That “Bird On A Wire” collabo with Bronson got me looking up some more material from the boy Riff Raff of SODMG and I came across this video.  Some people take rap seriously 100% of the time, but I like to laugh every now and then and I can also appreciate some simple ridin’ music.  I almost fell out of my chair laughing at 0:53.  

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Visuals: Bird On A Wire x Action Bronson & Riff Raff

I’m gonna keep it 100 and inform all of you that I slept heavily on this joint…like, didn’t even bother to hit play on it when it first dropped a month ago.  I just saw “Riff Raff of SODMG” and thought “damn, Bronson working with Souljah Boy’s friends” and moved on to the next topic.  Bronson spoke on his respect for Riff Raff’s flow in a recent Complex article, so I decided to check it out.  This is a nice joint.  Lesson learned.

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