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On the 15th Anniversary of his death, Eazy-E’s son, Lil Eazy, opens up about what his father meant to him and to hip-hop.

My father’s legacy means everything to me, as well as my brother Derrick, and we’re continuing his legacy in music. Our father meant so much not just to us two, but what it means to the world, to the West Coast and especially our city, Compton, California.

Not only that but his impact is felt across the world, in Germany, France, Japan… Everywhere! He was and still is recognized as a legend in the music industry, laying the blueprint to being an artist/CEO.

My father contributed a big piece to hip-hop, which he doesn’t get a lot of credit for with the inspiration he gave to a lot of artist out now—from the old generation to the new, as well as producers, also giving them the freedom of speech in what they can say [in their music].

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Bottom line, without my pops you don’t have a lot of hip-hop icons people give respect and credit to—period.

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