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7/22/2005 2:09:17 PM

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September 6, Capitol/Priority Records will commemorate the 41st anniversary of late west coast rap icon Eazy-E's September 7, 1964 birth and the tenth anniversary of the rap icon's 1995 death by releasing Eazy-E - 'Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition', a deluxe CD/DVD package.  The expanded set includes 16 Eazy-E songs, seven music videos starring Eazy-E and the previously unreleased song "A Lil' Eazier Said" from Eazy-E's son, the 21 year old emerging rap artist, LIL' E. The DVD also includes three HIV/AIDS Public Service Announcements. At the age of 31, Eazy-E died on March 26, 1995 due to AIDS-related causes.

 

Eazy-E was born Eric Wright on September 7, 1964. He rocketed 'Straight Outta Compton' to rap gangsta superstardom with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and Yella in N.W.A

 

Eazy-E became one of rap's most important figures by paving the way for the rap businessman.  The Compton rapper-executive took the then-revolutionary step of launching his own Ruthless Records in the mid-1980s and helped to popularize gangster rap with his solo recordings and as a member of N.W.A, the controversial rap super group.

 

"He started the whole gangster rap era," says LIL' E, Eazy-E's son.  LIL' E's "A Lil' Eazier Said," a previously unreleased update of Eazy-E's classic "Eazy-er Said Than Dunn" single, is included on Eazy-E - 'Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition'.  "There wouldn't be nothing - not 2Pac, not Biggie, not 50 Cent, not Dr. Dre, not Eminem - if it wasn't for my father," LIL' E continues.  "He started it. He's the Godfather of gangster rap."

 

In addition to LIL' E's new track on the new 'Eternal E' package, the set's DVD includes three Rap-It-Up Public Service Announcements, produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and BET. The PSAs are designed to foster HIV/AIDS awareness through celebrating Eazy-E, a rap legend who fell victim to the epidemic.

 

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