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The City of Compton Honors Eazy-E with Eazy Street

By Emon Johnson

In honor of the late rapper Eazy-E, The City of Compton has officially renamed the street known as Auto Drive South, to Eazy St. 

Eric Wright, more commonly known as Eazy-E, was a founding member of the hip hop group NWA and played a significant role in the inception and spread of West Coast rap. 

In recognition of his contributions to the genre and the Compton community, the city held a public renaming ceremony, showing off the new street sign and speaking on Eazy-E’s global and local impact. 

Alonzo “Lonzo’ Williams, often referred to as the Godfather of West Coast hip hop, orchestrated the event. “Compton has a lot of history, but nobody knows about it,” he states. “With this being the 50th anniversary of hip hop, I thought it would be a great time to approach the city council and talk about possibly doing this. And they loved the idea.”

The Mayor of Compton, several city council members, close friends, and relatives, were in attendance.

Vince Caruso, former A&R rep for Ruthless Records and a close friend of Eazy-E highlights some of the late rapper’s less known contributions. 

“He used to rent buses for the children in Watts and Compton, for kids that didn’t have fathers,” he states. “He put a lot of kids in school, paid for their education. People don’t know that because that’s not what he was about, but that should be known. It should be celebrated.”

At a lost for words, Eazy-E’s sisters, Patricia and Danielle Wright, share what they could about the day’s celebrations.

“We’re just so grateful,” Danielle states. 

“This was much long overdue,” Patricia backs. She continues, “He used to talk about his Yellow Brick Road to Compton; so, he got his Eazy Street.”

The newly renamed street stretches approximately 500 ft and runs off Alameda leading to Gateway Towne Center.