As the blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton has reignited fan interest in Eazy-E's cause of death, the late rapper's former N.W.A. groupmate, DJ Yella, recently opened up about the possibility of foul play. Yella talked with DJ Vlad about the speculation surrounding his death after a controversial Suge Knight interview resurfaced.
Last month, the late rapper's son, Yung Eazy, revealed that he had always suspected that Knight was behind his father’s contraction of the AIDS virus. He shared a now deleted Instagram post with a clip from Knight's infamous interview with Jimmy Kimmel, during which he refers to injecting people with AIDS as "the Eazy-E thing."
During a more recent interview with Vlad, Yella shared his thoughts on the claims.
“You never know,” he said. “All we know is he died from [AIDS]. He had it, he was diagnosed with it, but we don’t know if somebody gave it to him [by] putting it in a syringe [or] whatever. We don’t know. We’ll never know. We just have to accept what it is. It’s over. It was 20 years ago.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Yella dished on finding out about Eazy's diagnosis and rumors floating around before the information was publicized. He also spoke on being the only member of N.W.A. to attend Eazy’s funeral.
“I mean, some people probably just couldn’t take it,” he said. “I don’t know what the reasons are. We never talked about it, even to this day. That subject will never get talked about.”
Yung Eazy and Yella aren't the only ones close to the "Boyz-N-The-Hood" rapper who have recently spoken out on his death. Eazy-E's daughter, Erin "E. B." Wright, appeared on a segment of Dr. Zoe Today and alluded to other rumors that AIDS was not, in fact, Eazy-E's cause of death. She told Dr. Zoe that her forthcoming documentary, A Ruthless Scandal: No More Lies, is “definitely going to put a lot to rest and expose the truth.”