Just over twenty years after the passing of Eazy-E, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony rapper Bizzy Bone recalls the months leading up to his death as a “dark time,” largely due to the fact that the group was unaware of their label-boss’ health issues.
Speaking with Ural Garrett about the making of Bone Thugs’ breakout sophomore album, E. 1999 Eternal, Bizzy Bone explained the effect that Eazy-E’s absence had on the recording process and why the group feared they were possibly being taken advantage of by the Ruthless Records founder.
“First of all, we didn’t know Eazy-E had AIDS,” Bizzy Bone recalls in a clip that debuted as a part of today’s DX Daily. “We didn’t know that he was dying at the time. We were in the mindstate, ‘Holy snap, he’s not coming around. He might be playing us. He might be playing for this.’ We didn’t know what was going on because we didn’t get no contact. When you have to deal with something as deep as HIV it’s not something you talk about everywhere. So we were in the dark for about a month and a half in the studio during the recording of Eternal. It was a dark time. No money was coming through, no contact, we had this big old mansion down there in Chatsworth. That’s what making Eternal was like, like not having no food in the refrigerator even during that time after Creepin on ah Come Up had come out. Like it was bad. But that whole time Eazy-E was dying. So we didn’t know. That whole time was just hood. Very hood. Very very hood. In Chatsworth. Very very hood. When the dude who we bought the house from or was leasing the house from got back to that house and seen the house he just broke down and cried. Shots in the walls. It was crazy. So making Eternal was wilder than a motherfucker.”