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Album: E 1999 EternalReleased: 1996Charted:
This song was dedicated to Eazy-E (real name: Eric Wright), a rapper and music mogul who was a member of the group NWA. He died of AIDS in 1995; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were signed to his label, Ruthless Records.
The Isley Brothers' song "Make Me Say It Again Girl" was sampled onto this song.
This song won the 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
There were 12 credited songwriters on this song, making it the record amount of songwriters credited for a #1 American hit. When "This Is Why I'm Hot
" by Mims reached pole position in 2007 it created a new record, with 13 credited songwriters.
In 2002 the British group Blazin' Squad released a cover version, which topped the UK charts. All 10 members were approximately 16 when this track was released and had just taken their GCSE school exams. One of the group's members, Tommy B, says in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "I heard the track on MTV and thought it would be good to cover. It's one of the Top 10 biggest rap tracks of all-time in America, it spent 8 weeks at #1 there, but didn't reach those heights over here, so I thought we could give it a UK vibe."