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Rapper Eazy-E would have turned 52 this week (Sept. 7), but his life was cut short in 1995 after his battle with HIV.
While the public has been reliving the rapper’s legacy onscreen with the recent release Straight Outta Compton, the film has had a more significant affect on Eric Wright Jr., who has been able to see his father brought back to life in a special way.
Wright recently did an interview with The Recollectors, a storytelling site focused on stories of families who have lost loved ones to AIDS. In the interview, Wright opens up about growing up with Eazy-E and how he has dealt with losing his father at such a young age.
One of the ways Wright dealt with his father’s death is by spreading awareness about the disease.
“I started doing AIDS awareness work,” Wright told The Recollectors. “I went out and tested with individuals and campaigned for people to go get checked, talked about what it meant and how it affected me, how it’s important to the community.”
When asked about Straight Outta Compton, which chronicled Eazy-E’s rise to fame with the rap group N.W.A, Wright had good things to say.
“It brings him to life again, in a positive light,” he said “He’s being homaged and recognized for how iconic he was for the entire music industry.”
You can read Eric Wright Jr.’s full interview with The Recollectors here.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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