Documentary: N.W.A Most Dangerous

Documentary: N.W.A Most Dangerous

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[Music] so [Music] compton california september 7th 1963 eric wright was born just a boy he hustled to survive the streets and this boy
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he had a dream [Music] they called him easy he took america through the streets of compton for an unforgettable ride easy widely regarded as the king of gangster rap rose to fame is the controversial founder of nwa and ruthless records a certified gangster and crack dealer he created a new music style that
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spawned a billion dollar industry selling over 50 million albums this is the personal story of eric reign this is me on new generations and uh come follow me now easy m.c ran with a bite like 10 10. that's right you get [ __ ] up on the street we figured like this we make our records
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based on stuff that's happening where we live you know and people out there that don't like it [ __ ] them [Music] these guys largely came out of not all of them but largely came out i mean as the album name you know straight out of compton i mean these were guys from from pretty tough neighborhoods and pretty tough part of
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l.a in some sense normal life ceased to exist the economy was so bad that nobody had work and on top of the bad economy came this new form of of cocaine crack there was a lot of drugs in the 60s early 60s and late 70s especially when the when the compton dope exchange kind of took over if you're a young kid you couldn't there weren't jobs i mean
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the programs that provide jobs for young kids were wiped out and they're stuck there and then you have this wave of crack coming through the community so it's pretty pretty horrible circumstances after high school is what it really picked up you know different gangs this neighborhood is one color just you know things started to change dramatically do you know what triggered that change [Music] dope
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today there's a new epidemic smokable cocaine otherwise known as crack it is an explosively destructive and often lethal substance which is crushing its users it is an uncontrolled fire these new gangs they had no no boundaries uh that i mean they they just murdered for the just the thrill of murdering they killed just to say that they killed somebody dre new easy from the same neighborhood cube stay by dre's auntie
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right actually right next door i kind of got into the drug thing you know just was just a guy named horace big dude it was easy's cousin now i knew easy as easy just as a little air he just come around because that was his cousin and eric would do most of the deliveries and stuff his cousin got hit he got killed and there was some how we say some pharmaceuticals hidden that's how ruthless really got started because he's the only one who knew where it was at
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easy made his money um being a street pharmacist at this point by being a street pharmacist you know how to deal with everybody you get that lingo that mentality and by the weight that you're carrying with the amount of product you got comes with respect you know he was a guy in the neighborhood you didn't mess with he was well respected he was uh well liked by a lot of people at certain times you certain people have a persona or we we we caught it like a light around
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him that that seems to draw people to him and he was that kind of a guy that just seemed to uh to draw people to him you know a guy that you could tell was gonna be [Music] somebody [Music] like uh iced tea you know he he kicked a little knowledge and krs won he kicks a lot now then public enemy you know them kind of groups you know they draw attention you know i'm saying they
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they go against the grain and that's the type of groups i like you know they go against the grain realistic radio shack [ __ ] that don't match you know what i'm saying i had it back then so we would we would play the old records elliott then was a big dance scene this lock-on pop and soul train kind of dancing the thing in l.a back then in the early 80s was you were a dj but you also made records and then a new form of music that emerged in in new york in the late 70s early 80s
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and that migrated kind of fitfully across the country to l.a back then there was no hardcore rap back then it was all more up-tempo in the west coast dance music so we were all doing this kind of electro what we called electro what's electro now is not what we call electro back then we call electro font evie and dre had a dj crew called a high power crew and dre used to do parties and easy like soon paid for the equipment it all started at eve after dark on avalon no segundo
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upstairs back then from the time we started to the timing and you know ended it was packed there was sweat on the floor there was sweat on the walls people were partying all night long i mean non-stop dancing non-stop partying it was just just crazy vibe going on another buddy of mine named tim brought dre to my attention because dre live with his grandma not not far from the club about this kid who was you know doing all these fantastic mixes and i need to check him out if i had the
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hottest jocks in the city you know yellow and unknown myself and he was you know he was doing some different kind of things so tim brought him up there really wasn't no west coast rapping into the wrecking crew it was no other groups and that kind of like influenced us at the club each dj we had them down for little concerts and we just seen how simple it was a person rapping over a record so that was our goal right there once we seen run dmc come down that was the start of us doing music then run dmc at the la sports arena
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and they had lasers and [ __ ] and that just blew my mind that was when i really realized that this could really be big this could be rock and roll because prior to that rap was just in clubs rap was in basements and garages and rec centers it wasn't in arenas when i saw that i'm like yo yo this is you [Music] well one of the things that that emerged
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at the swap meet in south allegheny county the rhodium spot was a music stall run by a guy who was a grad student at cal state in psychology his name is steviano his spot was a place to go back then for the mixtapes and for you know whatever hot record was out right then he had it at back then so you go to the rhodium go straight to steve's spot pick up your stuff so he knew everybody because all the djs would come through there oh he was the business steve was the business
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i just heard on the street drake's releasing these dope ass you know underground mixtapes and i was like really he was yeah he's releasing through a guy named steve and i was like steve we're at he goes steve at the rhodium mixtape started back in the day when uh when these guys dre yella or with lonzo williams they they were the wrecking crew at that time and they did the traffic jams and um lonzo had a group called the wrecking crew of which dre yella clientele
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lonzo himself were all a member of and i'd go by there i asked him hey if i bring you some records could you do that could you you know kind of hook it up the way you're hooking this stuff up this is sure bring it bring you know bring your records and you know we'll um we'll mix you up the tape but we was doing mixtape for the swap meets we were doing hood [ __ ] on the mixtape because we knew that was only cell in the hood easy uh at the swap meet he would come by and uh easy was kind of a quiet guy
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he would very modestly come up to the stand look through all the records just like any of the other customers i had dre's name would always come up and he knew drake he went to high school with them and they were they were kind of they were buds and he would say oh you know that's my homeboy's tape and he does the scratching and he does this and that he said tell him eric came by and i said uh okay sure easy had been gone for a while came back to the neighborhood and looking for dre
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and every week come back to the swap meet and and say you know you you know hooked me up with dre hooked me up with dre give me his numbers finally one night jana gets a call at home at 2 30 in the morning and it's easy and dre these guys get on the horn and two in the morning i get a call and we're on a three-way eric want to open up a record store dress wants to start a record label the easy was in dre's ear telling him how he gonna get him paid blah blah blah blah blah
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draining them are looking at the money that run dmc are making you know llc y'all wear a pair of pants and a pair of tennis shoes that's a widow's shirt okay and we got to go you know iron stuff and wear sequins clothes and got jerry curl juice and activator we didn't make any money from that group so so we just thinking of another way to make some money and along came this group the fight became um when they wanted us to change our groove up and i was i was open to suggestions but i just couldn't do the radical
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change go from being a temptation to uh tupac you know that was too much of a drastic change for me the beginning nwa it was more the ending of the wrecking crew that's when dre came to me say hey we started this group leave the wrecking crew so you know we just left we just left and lonzo was out and that's when easy easy turn the tables and we got another route to go with eric we just decided to do it it worked you know and
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[ __ ] are genius you know they just put two and two together and there you go you got a ruthless record [Music] mastermind you know easy is the reason why we had the style that we had the hardcore gangster rap at first easy was into it
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because he wanted the money you know because easy was all he easy like toys he wanted stuff but then he liked the music you know he really got into the music and i think he got into the fame he liked the attention the attention was like you know a thing he had drained him you know they he had dre all over all over the place you know doing and making money okay dre went from getting whatever he could from me whenever i had it to 100 grand a year as a new producer [Music]
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me and dre did all the producing you know all the producers the writing was wren q wrote the words for boys in the hood and then easy would just show up due to work he didn't do no writing nothing you know show up take six hours on one line you know do the work but it was his sound of his voice that's what the key to the group was his sound dre couldn't play an instrument of any kind but he had a great ear and he was he knew the history of
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rock and roll and r b really well he listened in jazz he listened to his mom's record collection since he was a little kid he always had the gift for music even back then i mean if something kind of hard to explain what it was but it was something he can hear it's like he can hear further than what the record was the record stops here he can hear further ice cube was the the intellectual center of the group he was the lyricist the guy who who was much more aware of the world around him than the other guys and
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he's and you know talk about this a kid from the crenshaw district who gets on a bus every morning at seven o'clock and gets sent to the valley to go to high school taft high in the valley which was like going to another planet and he says riding that bus just filled with anger every day you just look out the windows and see what people had out there that he didn't have and that know the people he knew had and you know when you're 17 years old you tend to be pretty pissed off anyhow what he saw this is rank injustice and it angered him so clearly that informed
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the lyrics uh the first record they were going to produce was by a duo from the east coast who came out and dre had a song for him they didn't like the songs they walked and so easy andre are sitting there with an empty studio that easy has to pay for and so dre says why don't you do the song to easy and he says i can't rap man come on what are you talking about and drace is not come on trial you're paying for it anytime so try it and so he does it and it's boys in the hood he would have to do so many takes like
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a million takes were like come on eric just get it he's like i'm trying i'm trying there was this a record pressing plan up in santa monica boulevard called mccola records and it's it was it was an interesting place because you could go in there for 500 bucks the guy would make you a thousand records because you can walk into my cola with your tapes in your hand and your label copy on a sheet of paper and have a record by friday bray had has a genius mind to make
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bring out the the smallest amount of talent in anybody so if you have that in the bond production he was able to create an easy e with that little demonic voice that he had you know he had like a really street demonic voice so he made that voice over these eerie gangster tracks which you know which the conversation the combo on it was ill so it it took over the game so it was kind of like that was his creation but but it was easy's money and business savvy you know what i mean
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so you need the both of them one without the other is not happening easy had everything and he just put his own money into it went to mccola pressed him up and he easy was so cold he'd say go get some go get some money and go buy some records and sell them yourself boys in the hood had just dropped you know during the time i started going and it was doing really good but they were still selling them out of the trunk of their car that they brought their records to was the swap meme you know they walk up to the stand yo steve you know i got this new record
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i put this record on i play this thing over the course of a week and i could tell you if that thing was gonna be a hit and i remember when i first heard what [ __ ] you know on the record i was like holy [ __ ] did he just say that i mean it was just so that's one thing that a lot of people don't understand that when they brought that into rap songs at least in my you know my book that had never been done before it was just so street it was just so hardcore that uh when i was hearing cuss i would just kind of like look around like
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man are they gonna allow that you know that [ __ ] is crazy right there you know what he's saying when they came out it was it was it was kind of like a double-edged sword you know it was a lot of positive and negative came out of it at the same time because the positive side is that you know [ __ ] they put us on the map you feel me it's like they know i'm up for the compton in china right now you know talking about the hood let people know how we felt about it you know how we was just really uh looking for release man looking for outlet to to release some of the [ __ ] that was
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picked up inside of him and rapping let us do that you know so that [ __ ] was pure man cause i'm telling you we didn't know it was gonna sell we just thought people in the hood would like the record straight from the heart that's why i did what it did this guy with a hat and jerry curl and just like dress real real hood and she's like damn like what's he doing here you know i mean like who is that because he just looked like he was somebody like you know how you see people sometimes like that dude is that dude look like he's somebody right so i was djing and then he pulled on my
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shirt and he's like hey man i got this record man you should check this out so i go alright man cool give me a minute though cause i'm live on the air right now and and i'll check it out so he waited tugged on my shirt again he's like man you need to really check this out man and then he says dr dre did it and that's what kind of caught my ear when he said dr dre because i already had known dr dre from wrecking crew days and things like that you know i mean we've seen him run i kind of knew him so i'm like oh dr dre okay i'll check it out so then i played it i listened to it in the headphone and
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and and and i was like wow it's sounding like six in the morning to me and he says live man that ain't no six in the morning man that's boys in the hood so i played one verse of it and i got out of it fast because nobody ever heard the record you know i mean like it was brand new at the end of the day turntables would be out i'd be dropping the pegboards down pulling the records off i flipped the pegboard over to the shiny side okay button them up next to each other
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dj scratches and hear these kids that come out and they start breakdancing unbelievable would have never believed this would have happened steve at the rodeo he would call us now i'm out of tables can y'all do another one next week we'll be like all right we just wrap some hood [ __ ] and send it to him and they fly i'm a firm believer that if it wasn't for them building up a lot of street credibility getting the respect of the streets before you know the albums came out if they would have never done those mixtapes i don't think they would have been as huge
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as they are you know today [Music] the business side for ruthless was right at the beginning right at the boys and hood it was a ruthless record but it wasn't really a business he was just selling out his car and stuff like that the business side came you know he wasn't he was just a rapper he wasn't a writer no music and he won't be in the studio like me andre for 12 hours he did all the business ruthless was
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at first just a title you know what i mean but he owned it see one thing with his business he had it on paper ruthless records it was his without any evident you know no training whatsoever really uh was apparently according to people who knew him then it was a natural businessman i don't give a damn how much challenge you d had ahead of time you couldn't have done it without jerry all these guys made this money and these careers based on his initial efforts
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none of these other [ __ ] could have did it without him heller started hanging out there and meeting these kids uh who are coming there doing this looking for talent he's always looking for talent easy knew about heller heller knew nothing about easy but lonzo were friends and easy started bugging lonzo for introduction to hell alonzo kept telling me about this guy that wanted to meet me this supposed drug dealer from compton who wanted to meet me named eric wright alonso agreed to make the introduction if easy would pay him for it i finally agreed to meet easy because alonso told me that easy that
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uh easy had paid him 750 for the introduction and he needed the money i introduced him to him picked up a few bucks and during the introduction and stepped off and heller tells the story that uh he paid him in the lobby mccoy records reached down in the sock and pulled out 750 bucks and gave to lonzo and so to get out of here i said to him you got anything for me to hear and he just looked and said yeah so like that's what our relationship is about man i need to let the music do the talking it wasn't i got this guy this is my boy
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the two of them hit it off hillary and easy um i guess they're maybe operators recognize one another i'm not sure i think that's kind of what they both were in some respects they're both talented guys smart guys you played me boys in the hood and a couple of other songs and we made our deal right there on the spot now is the time for the company to fight for we actually tried for island records they had the first opportunity i had never heard anything like that before in my life i mean it was just a
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window into a world that i it was just completely foreign to me and it was exciting it was dramatic it was electrifying easy and um dre came up to my office and they both walked in and easy was just you know this little guy but he was like 10 feet tall he was so confident i had a radio show called life is hard and what life is hard was was the format
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was anything hard it was everything from slayer to public enemies first record to ministry all this i mean it was just the only criteria was that it just had to be really hard and brutal music as i sent it to him and he just same reaction as me completely floored by the song i can remember playing it that first time i just got the tape in the mail that afternoon so i didn't have a time i had the chance to to uh clean it up
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the song hadn't been on the air probably 30 seconds and all eight lines on the telephone lit with these people calling who the [ __ ] is that he started getting a lot of phone calls and people complaining the next thing you know it's uh i'm not sure if the fcc got involved or what but he did get fired and um and then it became a big press story in dallas which is where the station was and where jeff lived at the time and um so i told dre and easy about jeff before
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jeff got fired he played it but it was the first airplane they'd gotten outside of la by that time jerry heller had come into the picture it wasn't just maury and so jerry was really more involved in the negotiation and it pretty much in the end came down to him saying make it 300 and you got the deal if not then i got a cousin over a priority and i can take michelle and jj fat to atlantic and and and our lawyer called us bluff and said no 250 take it
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or leave it so i wound up making a deal with a guy named jerry greenberg at first i made a deal with brian turner at priority who distributed through capital then i'm going to deal with jerry greenberg and we were on our way priority came along and said easy can use his label name everything on the record no easy is definitely the godfather i know it's a few people out there that had their things going like tea and schooly d but ain't nobody harnessed it like uh easy
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he harnessed that [ __ ] and made it blow he was just somebody other than the rapper easy he was a human person and it taught me how to learn how to treat people when you're in this business and it's just like you know he always told me be about your business get your money right do that but you got to learn how to treat people in this business and i think that's something that i learned and that's something that a lot of artists and ceos they don't really capture that they too caught up easy was
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large because here's this little black inky ass [ __ ] to come along and say what the hell he say and no mechanicals points breakdowns intelligence of this person being compton he's dangerous you know he's real savvy when it comes to business so he's you know he looks at things that he looks at the future as opposed to what's happening now you know he already has his plans from what i'm seeing you know it's like he makes the right decisions you know more so than a lot of
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cats in the game but he was with us he was the entity itself but the vision behind it the drive there were a lot of other elements as far as talent but the direction the business mind and everything it was eric he knew from the beginning how to do business and you wouldn't ever guess that something like this would fit into the music world which is one of the most sort of closed off business groups in the country and he was the whole person behind the concept because what it was was easy to tell us stories about
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you know dre death row all these things and that's how he came up with the lyric if he was white a lawyer in the in our business world today being forbes these people have been doing the same thing forever and easy in five minutes was was part of [Music] it [Music]
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i went one day and he had bought dj equipment and all just stuff and i'm out here just doing what i got to do you know and uh i remember like back in the day county people got this whole bunch and said i'm out you do it say what you're gonna do he said i'm gonna rap crap okay i'm gonna rap on down the street with mine you know my left ears were like you know business man he's seen opportunity dre is coming with a deal of music
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and esau way out of the dope life we did the album didn't take that long about a month to do straight out of compton there wasn't a lot of sampling in it you know if we wanted something in the track we go get a guitar player to play it you know what i mean or bass player to play it or we wanted a flute we get a flute player to play it because that's what made it sound better i think that our record was so scary back then because the conservatives the politicians the middle america had never heard about
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compton or heard about any cities like that these white kids in the suburbs would hear that and it scared the [ __ ] out of them at first but then they're like whoa man that's amazing you know they went from you know listening to whatever crap they were listening to listening to nwa you drive down the street you hear these white kids listening to nwa full blast in their car and [ __ ] the rich kids want to know how they do it in the ghetto and that's why you might see it that's why you sell so many records in the suburbs but you need that
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yellow stamp it was something that they had never heard before and the music had such a broad influence it had the hip-hop in there it had the electro in there and it had the rock in there we had a lot of guitars in a lot of our songs and you know even the kids who didn't like rap could identify with the power of the music this exploded into the wider culture suburbs white suburbs is where nwa was the most popular one day i remember i was driving out compton boulevard coming forward got my
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little uniform and i saw a swat truck and i'm like man i'm nosy you know i want to know i go in the alley i see his girlfriend she's just standing here there's one is baby's mom she's standing in that alley i'm like joey she said shooting the video i said oh she said eric he looked down at the thing and he's standing in the middle of the thing there those old big brick banana phones he's standing holding the phone and you know and she said eric look and he looked at me and i walked up to him the first thing i could say was
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i was wrong bro he did it he said he i told you say what you doing now i said man working well he said you don't want to do that i quit the next day and me and him from then on we was rolling [Music] i was a 1989 a tour everybody loved the two not just the
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fans i mean everybody the crew member the light members everybody we knew girls that would do very i would say freaky things for past [Music] the energy the vibe was was incredible man i mean i would be backstage okay when everybody's getting ready and to them getting ready throwing on the logs fixing the raiders hats drinking eight ball getting really [ __ ] up you know okay it's time now let's go you know uh
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yellow will run up there play the intro beat you know then guys will come out remember ray ren and dre will come out first you know then uh q will come out and then easy will come out last from the minute they walked on stage it was just slamming you know i mean everything was just tied as [ __ ] you know but that first time they rolled through they were still kind of getting they would pull people up on stage i remember guys putting up their compton jackets you know showing it off but the crowd was just like so crazy i can actually say there's very i could probably kind of one-half performers that i've seen that that that i can say you know what
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there'll never be another show like this again compton's in the house hey yo check this off check this out check this out what's up how many of y'all ladies like seeing my man dance all right i don't think a record can influence somebody into doing a crime if that type of mentality was there they was gonna do the crime anyway regardless of the record or not what i say they play a lot of rock and roll you know what i'm saying with the satanic stuff and the madonna she can
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get on there half naked but when they when they see something real from like the black community or whatever what's going down with the situation about the police you know they they want to band it the world reacts to nwa nwa the way it always reacts to something like this and horror and as i said before you could have a movie with the same content nobody would think twice about it but all of a sudden you've got this new form of music that is terrifying to parents uh
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terrifying apparently to some police officers uh terrifying in a way that if they've taken five seconds to listen to it they've known not to be terrified by we figured like this we make our records based on stuff that's happening where we live you know if i took myself and placed myself into their hood into their lifestyle where they grew up into their surroundings all they were doing was talking about their life like nwa was talking about [ __ ] the police for a
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reason because we were in compton you know getting assaulted by police even at you know the young age of 10 11 and 12 and you know they talked about you know just all the violence you know i'm saying you know the nwa is like before nwa was just hip-hop after nwa was gangsta rap there was a new genre of music you lived in compton or you lived in the hood you'd be driving down the street minding your business then you get pulled over for nothing sat on the curb for nothing sweat it the whole car searching like i woke up i left the
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house went to the swap meet and i got pulled over and sweated four hours for no reason or my boy got jacked and beat up by the police or he got you know we were just pretty much telling stories and then there was a crackheads in the neighborhood and the drug dealers and the drug heads so everything that we saw we just started that's right about that let's talk about that that's cool we're shooting a video and easy was hanging out the top of a six four six four impala and uh since he was hanging out the top the police knew he
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was doing the video they still gave him a ticket rap star easy e will be able to film portions of a new music video in compton after all but during a heated city council meeting last night the mayor dressed down eze for ruining the city's image our matt stevens has more eric wright known in the rap world as easy e an artist whose lyrics are arguably the raunchiest most vulgar most degrading assemblings of words ever allowed to be recorded
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today made nice with compton mayor omar bradley and we believe now that we have come up with an agreement that would allow these gentlemen to shoot their video without depicting women as [ __ ] without depicting african-american men as animals bradley did not like the script he read for a music video easy-e wanted to shoot in compton so the two sides met for nine hours and ironed out a deal easy eagles still remain easy to eat but we're not going to
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portray compton as a bad city because compton is a good city charles davis compton city clerk for 20 years hopes that's true you get tired of that stuff then all of a sudden somebody wants to come forward and make a rap and a song and the the tagging sheet that we had that they presented to us we could do it because around it right you can't do everything i've and everything the whole nine yards dope dylan everything everything you hear on our records is true
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yeah we trigger you can't you can't rap about nothing you don't know nothing about people speaking it was the minority speaking their minds and it hadn't that hadn't been done that hadn't been done on anything recorded since huey p newton you know i'm saying was speaking and you know gail scott herron like they never heard that aggressive tone and you know ice cube and easy and dreaming all along that's what they brought to the table man so you need to ghetto and what goes on the ghetto for is that's queso rap force foreign
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having no money for if it's a fight for the guy calling a woman a [ __ ] for is you know a woman wearing her skirts up to here that's what you see in the ghetto so when you get a guy really from the ghetto he's really in tune he's really into what goes on on the block a real controversial song coming out called [ __ ] the police that's gonna start it'll be out in january what is that talking about well self-explanatory [ __ ] the police for no reason at all because you're
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black you've got a little bit of money and we're getting back uh all police ain't bad police just like 90 the best thing ever happened to nwa was one day priory records gets a letter from a direct assistant director of the fbi uh his name is aldridge in which he he singles out the song [ __ ] the police it's it doesn't say he's going to do anything about it because there's really nothing he can do about it but saying how unappreciated it is by police officers everywhere and it
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creates huge controversy about a record nobody ever heard i think that helped sell the record because that put it on television you come into a city you get off the plane and the police are waiting for you in that city when you get off the plane because the police or the you know the city council whoever from the city before called and said we were coming and this is what we did in their city
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at the end of the tour we're gonna start getting funded okay i guess easy now because at first we had no contracts so i guess they wanted a contract before we got to the end of the tour was halfway and cube wouldn't sign his contract cube was he was almost alienating himself from everybody pretty much it was like i said we were all i remember is just doing shows and okay here's here's this you know record we got to do we're in the studio
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we go do shows we're in the studio we finish up the record record gets put out you know and that's right after the record got put out that's about when i left i don't even think we ever had any beef at all the only time that there was started to be beef was around the jerry heller stuff and even then you know i just bounced it wasn't like i was you know whatever i just bounced i was like man i can't do this i'm out cube will come in do words and leave he doesn't hang out doesn't this and then he does his thing and he walks out
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went in there with that bat and started beating up that office yeah you know what after he did that you know what happened price it what's the problem trying to get my [ __ ] money oh so you you is this what about his money you're gonna check pick on your own label and here with your budget y'all prop song lunch my record because after the tour i didn't see cube anymore
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no more after the tour right right up we got off to that bus for the last time that was the end of him i'm more than happy on what's been going on i'm more than happy with the move more than happy to really get my career going like i wanted to go you know what i'm saying you said a million copies later here we are it's only five weeks into the album you know what i'm saying so you know i can't do nothing but be happy you know cube you know i think was inevitable that he would leave he was a junior guy even though he was the lyricist he was the kid uh and of course he was gonna get screwed i don't think there was any beef until
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the beef would you know cube and nwa after cube left and then with dre and easy so that's when the beef actually started and to me it was just a lack of communication and too many people getting involved instead of two men sitting down talking and hey man you know you owe me this money i want this side i'm the creative side and you need me a lot more than you think you do it's about money okay dre felt he should have been had at a uh equal share of rufus and easy knows
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if he gives him equal share the scales are going to shift considerably here well you know i had to do my thing man try to make another people money it's time to make dress amends you heard about dr dre i don't think he was hurt about the business i think he was more hurt personal like i seen it in his face like he's like man that's [ __ ] up man that i've done a lot of [ __ ] for that dude man like i remember when his he was sleeping on couches and [ __ ] and i would put money in his pocket man and try to help him and his kids uh no kind of [ __ ] like i would look out for him and then he met this
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bodyguard dude and six months later like he's your homeboy but he'll see he'll see one day he's gonna find out who that dude is when dre left he was just like devastated you know what i mean and with the surprising thing was a yellow stage when dre called me said he's leaving he didn't say nothing pacific he just said i'm leaving you want to come yes or no that was it not telling him i'll call you back i haven't called you back yet
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but easy one day we're in his 8 15 and um andrei day came on the radio and you know i was sitting in the car and i was looking out the window this way and i had the [ __ ] comes on he's like mr buster where the [ __ ] you at can't scrap a little i was just like damn man like i'm in the car with eat you know like imagine being in a car with easy e when a record is on the radio and it's dissing him so imagine like that's like an odd moment even though he's my homeboy and all it was a real weird moment like wow dude
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this is crazy so a a little like we started looking like this and by the time i got to over here i'm just laughing and he looking at me and he's just laughing he's really laughing like we're both like busting up at the red light and he's like lavity like oh man [ __ ] that [ __ ] man remember that [ __ ] got teeth in your mouth so my dicks got the fit yeah that's the gates and [ __ ] man drake said that a long time ago man i was going up in compton man i was like one i thought i was the number one nwa
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fan in the world still in man that's why i got a [ __ ] tatted on my chest man to come meet up at the studio he went by himself he wasn't scared of the people because he knew him and he went there and some homies from the west side we got your mama and we got jared sign this home you don't sign oh he scribbled he called jerry yeah eric what's going on you all right
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yeah yeah hold on he called hey mom hey baby how you doing you all right yeah that's when he put out facts blasts every record label every distributor every regulation everything he was hurt in any man would you know what i mean you it's like baking the cake you need the eggs you need the milk well nwa was the cake because they benefited
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him just as well as he benefited then dre's production it complemented him cube's lyrics it complemented him so i mean when you have that whole chemistry and it just it's not working no more and everybody go their separate ways they still being prosperous and it's like okay well what do i do i started this so you just got to kind of think of how he really would feel but i know that he was hurt i said what's going on here and easy
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said you know this guy should knight i said yeah he says well i'm going to kill him he said this guy's going to be a problem and i think i should kill him i said let me think this i said let me think this thing through i said first of all we're doing 10 million dollars a month with six employees i said we're the most successful startup record company in the history of the music business and you want to kill this guy
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i said that just doesn't make any sense to me that he was going to do go do it i took him seriously i talked sense to him because he did listen to me and i was always very logical [Music] going back to the days when dragon
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actually ran was gone too it was just me and e i mean we it struggled a little bit still did like little groups and stuff like that he still had to but that's when it all felt like was all falling apart um the fact that it went on for as long as it did after that was pretty amazing if you think about it because those are two huge hugely talented guys to have gone missing dray left but he was still on the contract so easy was getting paid off of that money for a long time he had
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negotiation power to negotiate a percentage of everything that death row anderson did see people didn't know that sony was paying eric money for the chronic cause they put it out and dr dre was still assigned to easy so they settled you know eating no trust no [ __ ] because everybody in the music industry is out to get you you know i'm saying the music industry is the most doggy dog doggy dog business you can get into you know what i'm saying it's like
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you got to be in on all your own [ __ ] you know all your meetings know exactly where the money's coming from who's paying the money you know how much money is it is getting issued out and make sure you sign all your own checks i mean like that song when he said you know you diss me all you want but the same record you're making is paying me buddy so go ahead have a ball nobody don't know that he got a third of the crime he got a third of dog pound got a third new it was a third everything drake touched so keep touching buddy go ahead you know jerry didn't care eric made
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more money off drake than the chronicle come on man now that's gangsta easy was definitely a loyal he that was him rufus was his baby that was his thing he was in it 110 all the time i mean all the time but you know he just stayed with it and and held up you know like playing football you getting tackled but you hold on to the ball so yeah we started doing a show and basically i wrote it on a piece of paper you know what i mean i said look dog we're going to do this at this time
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we're going to do this and we just got on the air and he was trying to really do this radio thing because he later on i found out was going to buy a station out in phoenix you know and he wanted to call the keze and he was going to have us move out there so he was a very smart guy he he wanted to go in to the beat to basically sniff out how they do it and get to know each department and like and hear like their game and he sat there and talked about billy
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said man look at all these groups yeah it must have 10 15 groups on the list that i never heard of see his thing is he had a good heart a group come to him he had put him in the studio another group called quitting machine spending a lot of money because he showed me a paper like a million 1.7 million or so just investing in the group says not even now he would go he would do things like he would put out a ton of artists and throw them up in the air and something's got to hit our artists you know out of 20 artists some something's got to hit bone came remember bone thugs came that
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brought everything it was a kind of low but when bone got there and they and when we heard that sound you know he knew when we used to do the ruthless radio show he used to play thuggish rugged bone every week and and we didn't get the record we didn't get it like oh man he's gonna play that song again oh man dude and he was like no man it's something about them the sound dude no one's doing this whatever oh [Music]
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man [Music] it was me him and my daughter and we're in his jeep cherokee and and we're driving in armani and the record comes on power 106. it's now took off the record and by the way easy used to call me every week to tell me the sound scan to [ __ ] with me like hey we're just done 250 thousand and then he called it we got you know at 375 and we got to that yeah i know i just cracked 500 thousand
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and i just laugh like damn this guy's [ __ ] serious like you seriously dude right i either found a thousand all right my bad you know what i mean well sometimes we get out the studio at like 4 30 in the morning and we drive to the house i would try to go crash and he wake me up here driving me to calabasas we go from norwalk to calabasas to to palmdale to wherever we had to row because he has so much on his mind eric was a machine dog this amazing dog he's the only dude that he call your six
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and like he's rolling like he's up rolling like you just might have left him at the studio at 3 30 in the morning he's calling you at 6 30. what's up man you ain't up yet man we [ __ ] me me in hollywood and like hey man dude he used to stay up he would rarely get sleep dog he only sleep like three four hours baby like damn this [ __ ] amazing dog this dude is incredible dog he just did everything everything
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if we did a photo shoot and i remember all this vividly he was there he was in the pictures he was like telling us where to shoot we you know it was crazy we riding with him in this low rider i mean these are just things that you can never forget so that day he tells me i know you and tony think that i [ __ ] with y'all a lot but i don't do this for me man i do this for my kids and i was like oh oh okay he goes yeah man you know man one day i want to leave
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my label to my kids man it ain't for me [Music] i give a lot of donations to different organizations more laid-back than people really would know you see him with the glasses and the little hat you know that's one way when it's not business he's he he was a person behind his kids i mean he loved it it was a lot of kids but he loved
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every one of them he had like like seven eight something like that but we were racing together to have kids i got fired i said i retired man i quit at six i can't do it no more you know he was still rolling you know loved his kids and and uh and uh treated all of them the same way good real good and tried to do the best that he could to provide properly for him they were coloring with some books that he had bought her at the disney store with the colors and everything man and so he was sitting there coloring and he was talking to my
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little daughter and she was telling him let me use the brown and so he's like no no no you need to put the purple on that right there and then see i'm gonna put this yellow you need to do that purple and so she was like oh okay well give me that one and so they were coloring i sat there and i just looked at them and i was like damn man this is a really nice dude man that's what made me feel because it was really personal because of my daughter and i seen how they were interacting without them knowing i was there he would do things like he would have rodeos and you know
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clown shows and and and lunches and picnics and all that kind of stuff just for the inner city kids you know try to get back to the hood and just give give a little bit back to society because he was given you know so much through this gangster rap that he put out you know i remember yeah i remember going easy to juvenile hall in norwalk and i remember him going in there and i remember when they came out he told me man man i feel bad for them kids man they need some tvs they need to have a few things man he
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went out and got some things for them every christmas jewish black white gentile whatever you is it's the things that you don't hear about that are meaningful it's the things that are in the in the in the background that those things he did from his heart and he didn't do them for the publicity or to be recognized by anybody he did it because god touched his heart and allowed him to be able to be financially secure to do those things i wasn't always sure
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where he got his money or how he got his money um but i did know that the money that he had he put into making music he put into making records he put into his own art he also put into the other people that were important to him i do all these little benefits but a lot of people don't know that you really did a lot of stuff more things that people don't know charities this you know all kind of little stuff but the person
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he's a little devil he was just like me and you there was really no way to feel that either you was a super groupie or you was a super fan and it was just it it was just he was down the earth it was just like okay we're going to do the show he didn't have his own separate tour bus he took us on tour did nobody know who he was but when we left them cities they knew you know he rode on the tour bus with us if we had to get car service he was in the car with us if we in the back stage chilling on the
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back he didn't have his own separate room where this says eazy and others here he was with everybody a guy that was distant or because i'm huge now you know or because i have money now you know i don't need to talk to the smaller guys you always talk to everybody at least to me the same way you know the same level eric all never wanted to make you feel less than him like he always tried to bring you up to him there's a difference in people like sometimes there's people that want to make you feel less than them like i'm me and you're
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here eric always wanted to like you up here with me man let's roll that's what i loved about him like he didn't let you get down i can remember the first time that nwa came to play in dallas it was at this venue called city lights which was an old movie theater i went to the show and i was literally the only white person in the building and i was i'd gone by myself i couldn't get anybody to go with me and i was like kind of standing in the corner in my little track suit you know trying to stay out of the way you know whatever and
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and they came rolling in this huge posse of people you know dre and eric and cube and all these people and uh eric looked over and he saw me like standing in the corner and he's like jeff what are you doing get over here man come on with us and i was like all these other big dudes behind him are like who is that you know why does eric know him you know what the [ __ ] up with that and then i would never forget one time because we didn't have no cars and um we needed a ride and silky fine she stayed like about two miles up from me and he drove and picked us up
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and when he pulled up he had this white cherry key he pulled up on my mama's block and kids was just coming from everywhere he was like that's easy so i had to get in the car because he had to hurry up and take off and the kids was just running down the street after the car and i was just like wow easy came to pick me up if you were if you were his homeboy or his buddy he was just like your brother like do anything for you you know i mean i was in awe because here is the person who i've admired since i was a little kid now i'm sitting right here with him so i
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was kind of like kind of star struck i guess yeah just watching him you know just tripping off of him it's from the camp really of the whole nwa you know what i'm saying as far as being you know being really cool with you on some real like you seemed like you could talk to him and he was real cool he wasn't all know how he was [ __ ] you know i'm saying he was like he was a real cat you know he didn't have no he didn't seem like he had an ego even though he had all you know all the cheese that's one thing about eric that uh when he would see me he would always come up to me
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you know and and to me i saw myself like down here and him up here because his [ __ ] was already blown up and i'm thinking i would see him at a club and i think i'm not even going to go up to him because it's been a couple of months and maybe he just made new friends or something you know tony and i would turn around now we're like hey what's up and i was like oh what's up man you still remember me yeah man [ __ ] up man still doing those mixed tapes let me know when you do another one man i want to throw down and i was like oh [ __ ] for real you still want to if he's doing having a party he's not in vip he's walking around through the party so i mean he's a very
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hands-on personable person so it wasn't a person that you couldn't reach or couldn't get to you'd see him at ihop you'd see him drive through with taco bell you'd see him with the sizzlers get making a salad like you see him in the bag you see him on a a ride at six flags i mean every day if we wasn't recording music we was just hanging out like homies like you know what i mean like you probably did with your friends growing up we were just kicking it we was always getting high it was always
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girls around and we were just hanging out like we was having fun the song was selling you know what i'm saying the video was number one for a long time we was always on tour you know what i mean so we was having a good time he was never down everybody we was just chilling we ain't had no controversy or nothing you know what i'm saying we was just having fun when i i started to learn about him like he he at that point was like burned out with material things like i could just tell he was he didn't give a [ __ ] he'd drive like he said like a jeep he'd
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like to jeep cherokee more than any other cars that he had like he he would rather stay at our house in armani than have us go to his mansion he'd rather be in the hood in armani in a little garage just hanging out like that was more his vibe like like he was just like that i don't know he was he had a big heart for such a small person that's what i've always said about him he just cared about some things people wouldn't think that he even gave two shits about you listen to his music and just think he's just this gang banging dude from compton dope
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dylan on the block but that wasn't hardly the case he is the one that knew being from a suppressed environment being a statistic being profiled being being going through the system all the time that you can actually be diversity you know what i mean and that's what made him so beautiful he loved to see other people do their thing too and if he could be responsible for it i think that's where he was getting his reward you know like that's what made him happy
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like breaking acts and putting them out there for me he was the first person to put me on the airplane i've never been out of the state i don't know all around the world now but we fly i'm in my first flight with him i'm sitting on a plane i've never done a plane in my life and it was the worst flight i ever had i've never had a flight worse than that turbulence over grand canyon how the plane drops i'm sitting there i'm holding my seat and i remember other people on the plane were like look at the bodyguard so you can kick his ass now he ain't gonna do nothing i'm holding the seat you're right kill him he was really funny he had a
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[ __ ] amazing sense of humor he was like he's like a practical joker you know he would always call and leave these messages on my answering machine that were really funny like with me we went to a chiropractor i'll just go with him you know ride and let him we sit he goes in the guy comes out a little asian guy he comes out he's okay my friend you're next i don't know i'm just with my friend no he paid for you all right when i go into the room he's already in the room sitting there say what do you want he said i can't
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watch i said watch what he said i just want to watch i paid for it i can't wait okay so i lay down due to my leg and do crack me from neck to tailbone one rap and i said ah i jumped he got up laughs that's what i wanted to see and he walked out he knew you know he he paid for me to see me jump this one i'ma do i'ma roll up 20 joints if you can smoke half of them then something something something he was like trying to make a bet with so we sat in the hallway
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got to like seven joints i was so i was like i can't do it so that was like my initial you know what i mean like that's how we kind of bonded ever since then it was just all good the uh studio was in torrance and uh when i walked in he's like oh we just laid down the track we want you to come right you don't want to i want you to check it out you know let's go out to your car and so we went out to my car put the cassette tape in and the song i think it was gangster gangsta and it just started playing really loud he just jacked up the volume
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and it completely blew my speaker i got gotta check for 90 000 for you he take off but when you get to the bank the teller window it says mickey mouse on the chat so now you're like you're feeling real idiot at the bank now you got to go catch it now you're not asking the phone one day we went to the carson mall and bought just about every gun in the carson mall i'm talking about back when they used to sell like you could buy semi-auto rifles back then like hk the ones that look like you know from
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18 or whatever you know you could buy those kind see this chamber right there there's no [ __ ] this is real that's a real good nine millimeters in your ass he knew how to shoot he had guns guns guns guns a whole lot of guns [ __ ] that come out of studio with guns and [ __ ] and all kind of [ __ ] and easy come on y'all selling glocks off the box oh man let me get three of them like damn y'all got a lot of [ __ ] coming onto this studio and we were on a tour bus one time going doing a show we stopped off at a um
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what was it was uh not a carnival but um one of those county fairs and it was us on the bus ice tea like a bunch of groups on that bus and they haven't had a gun show at the fair bought like 15 20 guns and we're on this bus like man if you get pulled over by the police i think we have fireworks too because it was somewhere like texas or someplace like that where you could buy illegal fireworks and we had like half sticks of dynamite and guns and we had to get pulled over on that bus that would have been it for
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everybody you got to carry it easy you get [ __ ] up on the street so you got to be you misguided the dot on your target then you blow this [ __ ] out the [ __ ] no joke [Music] women he was a i would say i would say a woman woman's man or woman's choice but he was women was his life mutual friend of his and mine is like hey i want you to meet this guy who wants to meet you and john like i know him i've met him before so
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from there the rest was history he kept calling we went out on a date i realized oh he's actually normal that was his you know that was his girlfriend and he was crazy about it i met her at his birthday party he is he had his 21st birthday party about three times he was always 21 i said dude you'll get no older around here but i met her there physically met her he introduced her to me as
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special like this is the one [Music] it's he started perking up around after bone hit you know then he had did the the dre 187 record you know which was the compensating g's you know that that was that was cool you know so he was coming back and that's why the sick it just it it it
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it just don't make sense to me you know we're fine we're having fun we're doing what we're doing and every year around november december he get bronchitis this is like clockwork dude i mean he's coughing every year this is just what happened to him but you know he was like normal you know a little coughing but he to me he looked normal but i looked at a couple of pictures from back then he did look a little smaller and i remember being around him he had a cold off and on for about at least about a
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year and uh sometimes i would think okay that's the bronchitis but other times i would be like hmm you know he was coughing you know i mean i could tell he was coughing he's like yeah man i was in new york man and they left me at this club man and i had i just walked through the snow that was the day they seen ice cube out there so when he got sick he went to new york and i didn't go but i was at the studio when he came back even sick as a dog dude i mean sick he had the little asthma inhaler
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and i mean what's wrong with you he's like sick man you know he coughing just coughing and calming like dude take some confidence you know like i'm i'm not being sent you know i couldn't be sensitive to something i didn't know about so i'm giving him the ride like dude you're coughing on everybody really you know and i can't remember i never forget that day i came in the back by the bathroom he was laying on the carpet like what are you doing i just don't cough when i lay down that's what he said i sit up i start
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coughing that ain't natural bro you know and he started carrying a um oxygen tank with a little mask and i was like this is kind of serious a week before he went in the hospital we was talking and he was coughing i was like man i was teasing me what's wrong you got that [ __ ] i'll just tease me all we kept hearing was isis in the hospital he's in the hospital he's in the hospital then i was hearing it on the radio then it was on the news and then we're like
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what is going on we weren't around the studio a lot so i actually heard about it on the news so then i started making the phone calls what is going on you know guys what's happening what's in there like we don't know anything we just know that he went in there because eric has always had asthma so he would have that inhaler on the road and so we knew he you know take a puff of his inhaler and he would get bronch bronchitis a lot so i just figured maybe it's just the bronchitis because they said he went to the hospital for bronchi bronchitis and that's when they found out and i'm just like what
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and at this time i had already started to hear the aids rumor and people were saying i was always almost having fist fights with [ __ ] over disrespecting that like i heard your homeboy got aids people were really [ __ ] up you know i'm like what the [ __ ] you man i'm [ __ ] talking about my homeboy like that man i'll [ __ ] you up man word was out he was in the hospital so we got get well cards and had all of her friends and homies from the block where he started we love you you know the way it's set up i said we got the elevator we look at the nesters we'll see his room number because we know what room he was in
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and uh we seen his name eric white eric right room 5105 like wow it's crazy he's in room 5105 and he had an album called 5150 the numbers were so i opened the curtains and i said man damn some sunshine but you know me like you said he like you dying right he just sat there then tamika walked in you know like she came to have to talk to you guys and like what she told us he had he had on an oxygen mask i remember he looked at me and he said did she tell you i said i
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said yeah and she said he said she told you everything and i was like yeah when i found out about easy being sick a buddy of mine big man finally told me see big man had been going to the hospital but without telling me that eric didn't want him to tell me i get a call i called up to ruthless records and his secretary told me you know if you need to talk to easy or you need to you need or he owes you any money or anything like that you better go to cedar sinai right now because
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he's about to die that's what she told me on the phone it's kind of [ __ ] up too yeah i was kind of [ __ ] up like what within three hours of it hitting the airways trey was standing in the lobby at the hospital trying to find hair and he actually got to see him you know before he died so that was that was cool by the time i really found out he was in the hospital they had already did some kind of surgery so i never actually got to talk to him no more and when i seen him in the hospital
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there's maybe a couple of days before he died you know he was in you know i guess they had put him in like a paralyzed thing before he wouldn't pull the tube and stuff like that so i didn't actually get to talk to him i i sat there and talked to him at the bed but i don't know if he heard me he had the big tube in his throat and his chest was breathing the doctor said we're gonna put him on the machine just so his lungs can rest
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he's not strong enough to take it so when i went in to see him you know he's in his chest is pumping his eyes closed and i stood next to him on the bed and looked down i didn't say nothing at first and i said i said dang man just like that just quiet you know speak out loud to yourself sometimes i said dang man and he grabbed me he grabbed my hand and his eyes opened like that he looked at me right now he was just looking at me and i said dude
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i've seen we've been through some stuff that's the first time i ever saw him scared fear in his eyes right and i said dude don't trip don't trip i said dude in the machine make a noise the nurse came she looked she said no he's cool he's okay all right so i sat there with him and i said this tube is only for a couple of days you hear me and he shake his head he can still like yeah yeah i know okay he's like yeah all right and he was holding my hand so tight and i took my ring
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and i said look i'm gonna give you this ring you know i like this so you get his back to me personally he said yeah that it's all last time i saw him [Music] as far as easy is concerned you know his
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mom still stay around the corner you know they still interact we still mess with the sisters and the kids and stuff like that so so uh it was kind of like a it was kind of like a big blow when it happened because it messed up a lot of opportunities the example he gives us is safe sex you know it's not that he died in vain he's one of us so he died it made you see it real i mean i know when easy e died mad heads was like yo that's a little too close for me you know you hear about this one and that one but that's easy and if it can happen to him it happened
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to me let me get my life together let me get it straightened out eric's spirit is right here us talking about it it's right here man and it's like he's in purgatory in life wherever he at wherever you are you know what i'm saying you've been with your friends so long and you ain't really really pulled to the side and told the [ __ ] thank you and like like you know what i mean like a genuine real we were so busy i never really got to tell the guy hey man thank you man for all the beautiful [ __ ] you've done for me and on us
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you know what i mean all i want to do is just thank him [Music] [Music] is real the life of a legend all documented non-fiction the boys in the hood brought life to the
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hood the godfather of the first west coast movement got the planet moving west coast that's how he moved [Music] [Music] spreading [Music] spreading through the nation you

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