Looking at Lil Eazy E is just like looking at his father rapper Eric “Eazy E.” Wright. It is almost as if time preserved the late rapper and gave him back to us for the generation after the reign and untimely death of the gangsta rap pioneer. What is even more astonishing is that not only does Lil Eazy look like his father, he was literally brought up the exact same way. Eric Wright Jr. was born and raised in Compton, California just like his father. The woman who birthed and raise Eazy E, raised her grandson Lil Eazy in the same house and neighborhood. When word hit the streets that Ice Cube was going to take the story of N.W.A and tell it for the big screen (Straight outta Compton), hip hop heads all over got excited. We just knew that this story would be good and told accurately if Ice Cube was involved. However, when word that Lil Eazy was not going to be playing the role of his father, the tires screeched. Oh lord now, i’m nervous…
“He’s an up-and-coming actor trying to do it,” Cube said about Lil E, “But we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life. He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn’t use just anybody. We gave him a shot, and it just didn’t work out.”
— Ice Cube via source: Hot New Hip Hop
Did I miss something? Lil Eazy is a carbon copy of his father in every way. He also does music for Ruthless Records and is an HIV/AIDS activist. True enough, Lil Eazy really doesn’t have any acting credit, but still, Ice Cube nearly got passed over for Boys in the Hood because his acting was so horrible however, John Singleton did take a chance on him… Look at cube now and look at Boys in the Hood…. I can’t help but question: Why exactly isn’t the living and breathing son of the late Eazy E unable to portray his father in the N.W.A film? It seems as though he was naturally conditioned to play this role nearly since birth? Is it the death scene that would make this presumably difficult for Lil Eazy to pull off (assuming that they show that in the film.)? I’m sorry but Ice Cube’s argument really isn’t strong enough. I can’t help but think, “Damn Cube, You never ever thought of doing some sort of coaching?” Wasn’t his son O’shea Jr. coached to play “Ice Cube “in this biopic? Correct me if i’m wrong in the comments… I’m just saying: real actors do have coaches. There is nothing wrong with that.
Dr. Dre’s son will not be portraying him in the film either. That’s cool, this argument isn’t even about him, his father is still living… The argument again is about why Lil Eazy wasn’t selected to play this role he seems to be born to play?There has yet to be a valid reason pin pointed. I’m sorry but Ice Cube’s answer was mediocre as hell to me (sorry, but I must keep it absolutely funky in this write up).When the news first got out that Lil Eazy was not going to play his father it was known that he was upset. Later reports are now stating that Lil Eazy, though disappointed with the decision of not landing his role, he has since embraced the actor that is portraying his father and showing him things about his father and Compton “coaching“. Maybe that’s biting the bullet and doing it for the love of Compton, NWA, Gangsta rap,Eazy E, a movement…I’ll state it several times before and I’ll state it again:
Lil Eazy was born to play the role and Ice Cube/production have managed to completely miss the mark with this one. I still Love you Ice Cube but I must keep it 100. #Love #Kharmasworld
After seeing the preview of this movie trailer surface on the internet, I can’t help but think, “I don’t know…” I hope that the actor, Jason Mitchell can play off Eazy E and do his legacy some justice. I also hope that everything is portrayed truthfully and accurately from a non-biased point of view. I also hope that they do explore Eazy E’s death and some of the hype around it and the beefs. This film is slated to be released on August of 2015.