It’s coming up on twenty years since Compton rapper/music mogul Eazy-E passed away from complications due to the AIDS virus, but thanks to the Godfather of Gangsta Rap’s friends and family his legacy continues to live on.
Bud E. Boy Entertainment was founded by frequent West Coast collaborator and one of Eazy-E’s close friends Kokane, and like Eazy, the G-funk crooner is both an artist and cultivator of talent. One of his artists is Eazy-E’s second son, E-3, who was first seen in the 1992 video for the song "Only If U Want It." With a voice that brings back memories of his father and a distinct sound, the up-and-coming MC conjures up images of his father and of a time when Southern Cali was running hip hop.
Last week the label dropped four new videos including “Street Kingz” featuring E-3, Babee Loc and Tha Xtraz, “Blessed” a lyrical catharsis by Justified, who recently lost his wife and mother, “Time Keep Moving On” featuring Kokane and Mitchy Slick and E-3’s Tribute to his father, “Resurrection of Eazy-E.” For those that remember the raw, street styling of the early LA videos, these singles will be a refreshing break from the repetitive club and mansion themes that make up most of today’s hip hop videos.
In LA, hip hop, and more specifically G-funk, is embedded in the culture of LA. With so many millions of records sold since the days of NWA, it's important that fans of artists like YG, Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hussle know where their favorite MCs got their inspiration. In several recent interviews Kokane has spoken about how Eazy-E influenced him as a businessman and how he has used that very influence to build his own brand while carrying the torch for legacy and family of a friend.
Kokane "Street Kings" ft. E3, Babee Loc, Tha Xtraz
Kokane "Time Keep Moving On" ft. Mitchy Slick
E3 "Resurrection Of Eazy E" ft. Kokane
Justified "I'm Blessed"