The mother of Eazy-E brought tears to many eyes with her moving speech during the Street naming ceremony of her son in Compton.
The news of the street name change surfaced a few weeks ago, and this week, Compton has fulfilled its promise.
The hometown of Eazy-E honored him with a street named after him. The 100 block of Auto Drive South is now formally known as Eazy Street.
A number of Eazy-E’s peers, friends, and family attended the ceremony to commemorate the occasion, and the late N.W.A. icon’s mother, Kathie Wright, even gave a moving speech with tears welling up in her eyes as she thanked the crowd.
Kathie Wright, told the crowd: “I’m so proud of everybody that’s here today.” And I want to express my love to each and every one of you for coming to this presentation. The City of Compton, thank you so much.
“I want to thank everyone who helped with this. God bless you, and I love you all, and he’s watching over us from a distance. Many thanks for that. I hope everyone has a pleasant day and a joyous Thanksgiving.” mother of the late entertainer noted.
Eazy-E’s mother was not the only one who spoke at the event; other family members also shared a few words.
Eric Darnell Wright, the performer’s son, also expressed his feelings about the distinction and his father’s posthumous achievement in some poignant words.
“Finally, my dad received what he deserved—a significant street in the city that is marked on the map,” he declared. “I always say it’s God’s timing, even though it’s been a long time coming.”
The stretch is now named after the pioneer of gangsta rap, and Alonzo Williams, president of Compton’s Entertainment Chamber of Commerce, had something to say about the honor.
“Despite its rich history, very little is known about Compton. I assumed the most recent history is hip-hop history. The City Council thought it would be a great idea to approach them about possibly doing this in honor of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, and they were very receptive to the idea”.
On March 26, 1995, Eazy-E (real name: Eric Wright) died at the age of 31 from pneumonia brought on by AIDS. He revealed his virus diagnosis at a Hollywood press conference a few days before he passed away.