Though I have conflicting feelings about Eazy E, I still wanna wish him a happy birthday. If he were still alive, he would be turning 42 today. He is the Godfather of Gangsta Rap, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. But he reminds me a bit of Eminem in that his lyrics were not only extremely impressive, but also so over the top that they were more amusing than they were violent. He was the founder of NWA, and without him, there would be no Ice Cube or Dr. Dre, meaning that there would probably be no Snoop Dogg or Eminem. His song Boyz N Tha Hood inspired a PA working on the set of Pee Wee’s Playhouse (John Singleton) to write a film based on the song. Eric “Eazy E” Wright died of AIDS in 1995.