Throwback Thursday is taking it back to the West Coast this week with one of the many N.W.A. legends, the late great Eazy-E. Eazy was born Eric Wright in Compton, CA and was a focal member in starting N.W.A. He passed away at age 31 from complications from the AIDS virus.

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Eazy, along with fellow emcees, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Ice Cube and DJ Yella, became known as N.W.A. They found a nitch in what would be called "Ganster Rap" that had never really been touched on before, at least as far as the mainstream music industry goes.

Eazy's first album Eazy-Duz-It included the single "We Want Eazy". This video will always be in my favorites for the way a video screen shows Eazy performing behind bars at a concert and then jumping through the screen to show up live. A fairly "eazy" effect to pull off now, but in 1986, it seemed like magic to me.

R.I.P. to the Godfather of Gangster Rap: Eazy E.