O Nzinga, She Who Knoweth All About Hip Hop Stuff (and/or her minions),
Reading them, and hearing the song on Youtube, I note that the central metaphor of the song is about NWA losing their edge and “bending over” for the white audience, money, respectability, and specifically their manager, and therefore being screwed with, as the title says, no vaseline. However, while all the band members are mentioned, this metaphor is most sharply and viciously directed specifically at Easy-E.
Easy-E, of course, later died of AIDS. It is generally assumed that he got the disease either through drug use or through promiscuous heterosexual sex, as he was not known to be bisexual. (He had something like 7 children from 6 different women.)
My question is - how likely is it considered to be that Ice Cube chose this metaphor because, having known him for so long, he knew that Easy-E was bisexual? Have there been any rumors within the hip-hop community, any men stepping forward and claiming to have slept with him, or anything like that? If he was generally known to be bisexual, of course, it would have destroyed his gangster image, so there’s no way he could have been open about it.
I’m just curious, really.