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A FAN of American rapper Eazy-E has been successful in a campaign to get his town to immortalise his hip-hop hero.
Last week, Newhaven resident Guy Stevens demanded his town council erect a statue to the star of Gangsta rap group NWA.
Newhaven Town Council had previously admitted it had “no idea” who Eazy-E is.
But has now said it will allow the super fan to build a bench in his honour.
A jubilant Mr Stevens said: “It’s a great day not just for myself but for the future of Newhaven. I might push for someone to fly over from America for the ceremony.”
The rapper from Compton, California, achieved success in the early Nineties with songs such as F*** Tha Police, Express Yourself and Real Mutha******** Gs.
His life was also portrayed in 2015 film Straight Outta Compton. He died of Aids in 1995.
Newhaven Town Council told The Argus it is now aware of Eazy-E after council officials conducted a Google search.
It concluded it was “not a fan” of his music. But an offended Mr Stevens said: “They clearly haven’t listened to his song “Sippin on a 40”. But I am grateful they’ve allowed the tribute anyway.”
Mr Stevens created an online poll which found 36 people would be in favour of an Eazy-E monument.
The super fan was told by the council he would not be allowed a statue. But it added it would make provisions for an engraved bench if Mr Stevens and the 36 “fellow fans” paid for it.
Mr Stevens, who is raising £2,000 for the bench, said: “I’ve set up a gofundme page.
“Any funds left over will be given to local Aids charities in the area so this is all for a good cause. Eazy-E is global. This is bigger than Newhaven. He and 2pac are probably the greatest rappers of all time, along with Kurupt who’s still alive. There are far more than 36 fans.”
Other Newhaven residents previously branded the campaign a waste of time. Mr Stevens said: “It’s better than nothing which is pretty much all Newhaven has.
“If people are upset about a bench then they don’t have much going on in their lives.
“It’s a bit of fun that has brought interest to the town. If they want to do something similar then they should.”
Mr Stevens created the campaign, in part, as he believes the council “wasted money” on a bandstand in Denton Island, Newhaven.
The council, which denies the project was a waste of money, has recommended Mr Stevens invite a “local Eazy-E tribute artist” to come and perform on it.
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