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Eazy-E the Republican? -- The N.W.A. rapper's surprising connection to the conservative George Bush administration

Sinéad O'Connor and George Bush may not quite be political allies, but they do seem to be on the same side of one hot issue: N.W.A. (Niggas With Attitude), the controversial L.A. rappers who made headlines with their song ''F--- Tha Police.'' O'Connor, an ardent hip-hop fan, was scheduled to make a cameo appearance on the band's forthcoming album, Niggaz 4 Life, but conflicting work schedules got in the way. Meanwhile, the band's entrepreneurial leader, Eazy-E (above, a.k.a. Eric Wright, 23), jetted off to D.C. for — of all things — a ''Salute to the Commander in Chief'' luncheon in Washington on March 18. The National Republican Senatorial Committee sponsored the fete, which featured a speech by President Bush and drew 1,400 Republicans. Wright wore a black leather suit to the event. Why was the rapper and self-proclaimed former drug dealer invited? Apparently his donations to various L.A. charities earned him an invitation to join the fund-raising Republican Senatorial Inner Circle. And Wright's spokesman says the rapper ''really loves the President. He thinks he's a great humanitarian and that he did a great job with Desert Storm.'' Senators Phil Gramm (R-Texas) and Robert Dole (R-Kansas), who'd asked Wright to attend the banquet, had no comment.

Originally posted Mar 29, 1991 Published in issue #59 Mar 29, 1991 Order article reprints
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