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First-Hand Accounts of the Night Eazy-E & Ice Cube Ended Their Feud

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

In the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton there’s a scene toward the end where Eazy-E walks into a nightclub. Upon entry, everyone’s vibing to Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear,” a clear sign the Ruthless Records headman was on the opposite side of the country in a place just beginning to accept what he had started nearly a half decade prior.

When the then estranged member of Niggas With Attitude gets to the back of the club he confronts Ice Cube and a moment of tension ensues. The two–surrounded by security–eye each other down waiting for the other to give in and admit their wrongdoing. Both E and Cube contributed to the break up of the group that made them famous so as each let their guard down they began to reconcile and talk about the future.

Biopics have the tough task of walking the line between piquing the interest of a general audience and portraying what actually happened. They also have to cast characters who look and sound like the real deal as those with either inside or outside knowledge of the real life plot will be the first to dismiss anything they’ve heard or experienced to the contrary.

Just weeks after Straight Outta Compton’s release those who’ve had a chance to watch and re-watch the movie in theaters (and on bootleg) have come to the general consensus that–for what was shown–was mostly accurate. Some have come out, including Eazy-E’s son and daughter, and criticized certain elements of the movie, particularly the likeness of their father during the last weeks of his life and subsequent death.

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NahRight & UpNorthTrips Present: Picture Perfect with Ricky Powell

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Ricky Powell aka The Rickster, for those who don’t already know, is the man behind some of the most iconic images in the history of hip-hop and NYC street photography. Whether it was the Beastie Boys or Run-D.M.C. or Public Enemy, he was always up in the mix, ready to take professional photos of the early Def Jam scene on what he describes as “a hangout tip.” And he was heavy in the culture beyond that, snapping timeless shots of everyone from Basquiat to Eazy E to Big L (RIP to all), and hosting his infamous public access television show Rappin’ with The Rickster (which is now available on DVD), which gave people an opportunity to become acquainted with his extremely fun-loving personality. Point blank, dude has taken some of the illest rap flicks of all-time and is a legendary character in the game, so it was only right that we tap him for our Picture Perfect series.

Along with our brother Ev Boogie at UpNorthTrips, who we insist be recognized as the kingpin of the throwback rap photo wave that every other Instagram account seems to be riding these days, we carefully compiled ten classic pictures of different hip-hop artists Ricky Powell has taken over the years to ask him about for our latest edition of Picture Perfect. And it was an honor to listen (and laugh) as he told the stories behind them while walking the NYC streets, pausing at times to say what’s up to friends of his on the block (and his building’s new super), take a photo of a cute dog for his Instagram account, curse out a group of Sex and the City wannabees, dodge getting hit by a delivery man on a bicycle, and collect a rack from a Manhattan restaurant who recently put his work on display. This is Picture Perfect with the guy who dicked your girl—Ricky Powell.

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Video: “Hologram Eazy-E” Performs at Rock The Bells 2013

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Rock The Bells 2013 took place at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino last night and the highlight of the night: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony bringing out a resurrecting the legendary Eazy-E as a hologram. Watch how it all happened courtesy of RevoltTV.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony ft. Eazy E – Gangsta Glory

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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This leaked late last week. It will appear on their new Uni5: The World’s Enemy album.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony feat. Eazy E – Gangsta Glory