Late rapper Eazy-E’s daughter, Ebie Wright, as well as her mother, Tracy Jernagin, and half-sister, Erica are producing a documentary “about the conspiracy and scandal surrounding Eazy’s death,” asking and answering the question, “Was Eazy-E murdered?”
It’s been well-documented that the N.W.A co-founder (who was brought back to life on the big screen in last year’s blockbuster “Straight Outta Compton”) died from AIDS-related complications in 1995, at age 30, just one month after his diagnosis.
But daughter Ebie and her mother Tracy say there is more to the story and thus want to make their own film about it. To assist, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 to fund the documentary that will be titled “A Ruthless Scandal: No More Lies,” in which they will allege that Eazy-E was murdered, presenting what they claim are “jaw-dropping” revelations about his final days and the battle for his multi-million-dollar estate.
The trio say that they’ve been working together on the film for the last decade, and have received some support from other rappers, like DJ Quik, who appears in a video promoting the campaign, embedded below.
“The stories that we’re telling are mainly about the scandal surrounding my father’s death,” Ebie tells Rolling Stone magazine. “But we also wanted to show his accomplishments, his personal life and, really, the aftermath of his demise and what happened to us. We never felt the story that was told to the public was the truth. It’s just something that has always pained us.”
“People don’t know what happened to his family or me as his kid or what happened to his record label or to all his belongings,” Ebie adds. “People have the perception that we were all left everything of his and his kids are good and life is peachy keen, but it’s really not. It’s really a tragic story. And it’s just time; it needs to be told… I have nothing of my father’s… I don’t have … a piece of his label. I don’t have anything.”
“[His children’s] inheritance and their legacy was ripped away from them,” Ebie’s mother Tracy Jernagin claims. “She’s lived with that. It’s hard to live life with such an iconic famous, legendary father … when deep down inside, behind closed doors, you are hurting. When everyone else is enjoying his merchandising – Eazy-E on a T-shirt is just as iconic as the Rolling Stones or Beatles on a T-shirt – it’s like other people are enjoying the fruits of his labor and his daughter is not. She has to deal with that.”
And while they’ve chosen Kickstarter to finance the film, Ebie says it wasn’t their only option: “We honestly had lots of interest.” Although she doesn’t give details.
“We’re not accusing anyone,” Jernagin says. “This is going to be very objective. We’re not going to point fingers. We just want to present the facts and let people make their own evaluation of it.”
Unfortunately, there’s been very little interest from contributors, because less than 1% of the project’s Kickstarter campaign goal has been raised, with less than a day to go as of the time of this posting. But if, as Ebie says, crowdfunding wasn’t their only option, and there has been “lots of interest” in the film, they could very well raise the funds from elsewhere.
No word on who will direct the film.
Watch the campaign promo video below: