Eazy-E Resurrected At Rock The Bells On 50th Birthday
It was the resurrection of the godfather of gangsta rap. On a scorching September day closing out the summer season, thousands of fans packed into the San Manuel Amphitheater bearing witness to an unforgettable moment in hip hop history. Through the latest incarnation of digital technology, the spirit of West Coast legend and hip hop icon Eric "Eazy-E" Wright was brought to life in front of a shocked audience on what would have been the Compton rapper's 50th birthday. To acknowledge the milestone of one of the genre's most celebrated figure's, the kick off for the annual Rock The Bells concert made a splash on its 10 year anniversary pulling off one of the biggest stunts with a virtual performance from Eazy himself. “What’s up Yella? What’s up LA?” Eazy yelled following his larger than life intro before tearing into the N.W.A. classic “Straight Outta Compton.” Fans were caught in amazement but still managed to rock out with the virtual performance to hits including “Boyz-N-The Hood” and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's “Foe Tha Love of Money.” Up until this very day 18 years had passed since Eazy left the earth in his physical being, long before many audience members had ever laid eyes on the MC. But that would all change on this night. "Not only is it the eve of his death but its his birthday today too" Layzie Bone told REVOLT on Saturday. "He would have been 50 years old. Its actually 18 years since we laid eyes on E in the physical. Who would have thought that technology would have moved that fast." Similar to the hologram performance from the late great Tupac Shakur at last year's Coachella festival, Eazy-E's performance was a combination of his sons Lil Eazy (the body of the avatar), E3 (the voice), and his daughter Erin (the face). Leading up to the most talked about moment of the night, the Rock The Bells kick-off day was comprised of performances from the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy, Common,Tech N9ne, Chief Keef, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies, Earl Sweatshirt, Curren$y, Kid Cudi, Pusha T and much more. Day two of the Rock The Bells concert continues tomorrow in San Bernardino. Next up, the almighty Wu-Tang Clan will headline the bill with none other than ... Ol Dirty B****** You read that correctly. Stay tuned.