In honor of his birthday, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, daughter Ebie collaborates with famed photographer Mike Miller to recapture similar photos for both daughter and father to share.
In tribute of what would have been Eazy-E’s 53rd Birthday on September 7th, 2017, Ebie states:
“I usually try to do a tribute to my father on his death anniversary but something about his birthday just seemed more fitting this year. I called on none other than Mike Miller who is responsible for shooting some of my dad’s most classic pictures to help me bring my “Eazy-E inspired” vision to life. Mike is phenomenal and I just felt chills imagining how it was on the days he and my father got out in the streets and got creative together. 22 years later and it still hasn’t gotten any Eazier but today is a celebration … Happy Birthday dad!! I know you’re watching over me and I’ll forever continue to be Ruthless.” – Ebie
Having photographed many major-label album covers from various genres, Mike Miller has become a famed photographer/director. He has worked with various other musical acts including Tupac, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, YG and Eazy-E, and is currently working with Ferrari and collaborating withRetna, Shepard Fairey. A number of Mikeߣs previous clients include&#a0;Angelina Jolie, Jack Nicholson, Cameron Diaz, James Franco, Sony, Nicole Richie, Nike, Puma, MTV Video Awards, Coca~Cola, and Stussy.
Mike Miller has recently made headlines after allegedly suing The Kardashian Clan: Kylie and Kendall Jenner for the use his photos of Tupac Shakur without his permission.
Mike recently collaborated with Ebie to create an “Eazy-E” inspired photoshoot to pay tribute to the rapper’s birthday. While working with Ebie, Mike shared:
“Wow… Ebie is just awesome. Being a DJ and photographing musicians for 30 years her dad was one of my all-time favorite people to shoot as well as one of my all time favorite rappers. I felt an immediate connection with Ebie, having daughters of my own saddens me that he’s not around to see his grow. We had a blast…. Happy Birthday Eazy.”
In Mike Miller’s book “West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures”, Mike shared what it was like working with the legendary rapper:
“I consider myself very fortunate to have photographed Eazy, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Ren , Yella and Arabian Prince. First time “The Source Magazine” asked me to head out to a Culver City recording studio to shoot NWA. Eazy greeted me and showed me around the studio. Gold and platinum records lined the walls. Eazy played me tracks off the new Album, outing the final touches before it was release. I shot some cool solo images of Eazy outside. There was a giant American Flag blowing in the wind and I photographed him in the afternoon sunlight. Another shoot for Eazy was at Ruthless Records. While waiting for Eazy to arrive I pulled out my skateboard and began skating in the parking lot. Eazy pulled up in his new BMW. He grabbed a deck out of his trunk. The artwork was my friend Natas signature board. We talked skateboarding for a bit, he was really into it. Since I grew up skateboarding and liking NWA, I was stoked. Then we did some photos with his car. It seemed a little boring so I added color filters over my lens. We talked about his new projects and planned some upcoming photo shoots.”