Today marks a significant but very sad anniversary in the world of hip-hop: 20 years ago, on March 26, 1995, Eazy-E died at 31.

For the 20th anniversary of his passing, Eazy’s N.W.A partner in crime Ice Cube spoke with Billboard about his late comrade, describing everything from the first time they met to their eventual reconciliation after a very public beef — and why N.W.A would have recorded another album if Eazy hadn’t died.

Let me remind you about the legacy of Eazy E of NWA

After a month of being diagnosed with AIDS, Eazy E passed away due to the complications on this day March 26th back in 95. Eazy E paved the way for the genre of gangsta rap, as being an originator. Before his prime he was a notable drug dealer in his hometown of Compton, California. He generated enough money to start his own label, Ruthless Records. You can say this is where the controversy of being a rapper and entrepreneur started. A gangsta rap original, Eazy E is considered as the godfather of gangsta rap. His fellow group mate Ice Cube describes him as a mastermind and the reason behind NWA’s kick ass style. Eazy was unique in style with his lines. He was gangsta, hardcore and real. The issue of violence was controversial in the 90s for hip hop music. Critics nationwide viewed the music as a negative for the youth as they seem “influenced” to do as the rappers say. Hum false ! Eazy E says “Basically gangsta rap, I guess it’s like telling the real and holding back, giving up the reality from the street point of view and by us being from the streets.. we know to report it and tell it. You know, what’s going on.” Indeed he told the story well.