I was working the morning shift, stocking new releases. This encounter took place sometime in late December 1994 because I specifically remember replenishing a Bush end cap that day. You couldn’t keep Sixteen Stone in the shelves.
Eazy-E and his girlfriend strolled in silence through the soundtracks and compilations for five minutes before walking up and asking me something about 12-inch singles. The girlfriend did most of the talking, but Eazy did not disappoint in black wrap-around Lou Reed shades, black bomber jacket, crisp 501s, white Nike Cortez kicks, and a black Raiders lid. Very diminutive, 5’ 2” maybe. They bought two Lowrider compilations on compact disc.
A few months later, 27 years to this day (March 26), it was reported that Eazy had died from complications of AIDS. He was only 31. It was a shock to everyone, including Eazy who was only diagnosed a few weeks earlier.
Behind the Counterculture is an OUTSIDELEFT recurring series of celebrity encounters while working behind a book/record shop cash register. It was started by OL editor-at-large Lake in January of 2005 to pass the time in the Notting Hill Branch of the Record and Tape Exchange after he sold a book to Johnny Depp. Maybe it’ll make a comeback, the column, we’ve had enough of Johnny.