Jada Pinkett Smith posted an old video of herself confronting Eazy-E about his lyrical content, and it sparked a mini-online debate.
In the clip, you can see a young Pinkett Smith going directly at the late rapper, who didn’t give much push back and listened to what she had to say. If anything, the video shows that the actress didn’t wait until she was in her 30s or 40 to address hot-button issues.
“I told him that before I met him today, I thought he was a woman hater because of the music that he writes,” said Pinkett Smith in the clip. “Him owning his own record company can make a change within his community to uplift us. When I listen to his music I want to feel good about myself. I want to feel good about my people. I said, ‘Eric, you have the power to do that.’”
Afterward, the host asked the rap legend if Pinkett Smith’s words would change the way he wrote or approached making music.
“Yes,” he replied. “To a certain point.”
Next, the actress admitted that Eazy said nice things to her in person when they met but would like him to do the same towards other women on his songs. Then for the second time during their exchange, Pinkett Smith said she was unable to listen to the rapper’s music and feel good about herself at the same time.
The classic footage was posted by the “Girl’s Trip” star on Sunday (May 13) but Ruthless Records, Eazy’s record label, posted it earlier this year.
One person noted that the video was from the early ’90s, and that hip-hop hasn’t progressed as far as delivering positive, uplifting lyrics about women.
“This is 1992 and here it’s 2018 and ain’t sh– changed,” he or she wrote.
“Damn. We didn’t listen,” another person commented.
There were others, however, who didn’t like that young Jada confronted Eazy and felt she was using him as a scapegoat. Plus, one person said the N.W.A rapper shouldn’t have been blamed for his lyrical approach because like other Black men, he was a societal victim and was honest about it.
“When Eazy was doing music at that time he was getting a point across, that [society] physiologically ruins Black men, showing how a low moral society didn’t give us real role models,” the guy or girl wrote.”So we can’t throw shade on Eazy.”
Meanwhile, on Pinkett Smith’s Instagram page, she was praised by her followers for standing her ground at such a young age. Her fans also seemed impressed that she’s seemed to maintain her outspoken nature to this day and hasn’t changed.
You can see the entire exchange between Pinkett Smith and Eazy below.