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Eazy-E

Whether as a member of N.W.A., a solo act, or a label head, Eazy-E was one of the most controversial figures in gangsta rap. While his technical skills as a rapper were never the greatest, his distinctive delivery (invariably described as a high-pitched whine), over-the-top lyrics, and undeniable charisma made him a star. Following N.W.A.'s breakup, E's street credibility took a major beating, though his recordings continued to sell well when they appeared; unfortunately, he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995, and died not long after.

Eric "Eazy-E" Wright was born September 7, 1964, in Compton, CA, a rough part of the Los Angeles metro area that N.W.A. would later make notorious. A high school dropout, Wright turned to drug dealing to support himself, and eventually used the profits to start his own rap label, Ruthless Records, with partner and music-business veteran Jerry Heller. E discovered a major performing talent in the D.O.C., and recruited Ice Cube and Dr. Dre to write songs for his stable of artists. When their composition "Boyz-N-the Hood" was rejected by Ruthless signee HBO, Cube, Dre, and E formed the first version of N.W.A. to record it themselves. Their first album, N.W.A. and the Posse, was released in 1987 and largely ignored; after a few tweaks of the lineup and the rough-edged subject matter, 1988's Straight Outta Compton made N.W.A. into superstars. E seized the opportunity to release a solo project later in the year, titled Eazy-Duz-It, which would be the only full-length album he would complete; it would sell well over two-million copies.

After Ice Cube's bitter departure from N.W.A. toward the end of 1989 (precipitated in part by Heller's business tactics), Eazy-E took over his not inconsiderable share of the rapping and songwriting duties, becoming the group's dominant voice on 1991's Efil4zaggin. His taste for cartoon-ish vulgarity began to undermine the claims of realistic inner-city reporting that the group had used to defend themselves. Disputes between the members led to N.W.A.'s breakup that summer, and a court battle between Ruthless and Dre's new label Death Row soon followed, with Eazy alleging that Death Row head Suge Knight had coerced Ruthless into releasing Dre from his contract. The case was eventually thrown out, but a bitter feud between Dre and Eazy raged for the next several years; Dre's seminal solo debut The Chronic made merciless fun of Eazy. E's 1992 solo EP 5150 Home 4 tha Sick sold well, but did little to dispel his increasingly cartoon-ish image; he found more success running the Ruthless label, with a roster that included Above the Law, N.W.A. bandmate MC Ren, the poorly received all-female group H.W.A. (Hoez With Attitude), and, eventually, the lucrative Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Eazy addressed his feud with Dre on the 1993 EP It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, which famously included an actual photo of Dre wearing makeup and sequins during his World Class Wreckin' Cru days. Still, save for dissing Dre, Eazy didn't seem to have much to say, and despite healthy record sales, his artistic credibility was declining at an alarming rate. Eazy didn't help matters much when, in early 1993, he spoke out in support of Theodore Briseno, the only LAPD officer involved in the Rodney King beating to express displeasure; later in the year, he paid 2,500 dollars to attend a Republican fund-raiser, which his detractors saw as a further betrayal of his roots.

In early 1995, Eazy entered the hospital with respiratory difficulties, believing he had developed asthma. The diagnosis was far more serious: he had contracted AIDS. Eazy announced his plight to the public shortly thereafter, winning admiration for his straightforward attitude. Sadly, just a few weeks later, on March 26, 1995, the disease claimed his life. The record he had been working on, Str8 Off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton, was released posthumously (in unfinished form) later on in the year. In 2002, on the seventh anniversary of his death, some previously unreleased material from the Ruthless vaults was released as the EP Impact of a Legend, which was accompanied by a DVD. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Rip eazy 1963-1995
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Then I put the other p**sy, put it in the freezer. So I can always have an on hold skeezer. Yeah that's the ticket
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No more ¿'s
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Nobody move nobody get hurt
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Growing up listening to N.W.A RIP EAZY how i wish to have my old school rappers.. Rappers in this generation s..t suck a**
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where the f**k is boyz in the hood
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Rip e
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Straight out Compton movie looks dope
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Still talkin s**t
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One of the realist G's in the 80's
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Wow died from aids that's a sad death
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Why did you have to go whoring around so much Eazy E?!?!? Aids kills.
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R.I.P. Eazy E
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EASY E DEATH WAS ON PURPOSE IN MY POINT OF VIEW
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Quote me now cuz im still talkin s**t yooo!!!
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Make that s**t bounce!
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Don't quote me boy cause I ain't said s**t
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Snoop Dogg ain't got s**t on Eazy Muthaphuckin ' E.
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He the realist!
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187 UM KILLA!!!
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You right
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The original "OG"
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danielle.bro w n 3 0
Ez-e the number1 gangsta
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No one had that type of funky stuff any more
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Man still love this s**t. Tha n**ga easy does it again. Looking forward to the movie
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Go on YouTube then type youngfits1 check out our music and dance videos
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Eazy E was the best RIP
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God takes care of all his children.AME N
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adirtdad
Favorite gangsta!
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Boyz n the hood is my fav
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Eazy E was and still is my favorite rapper. RIP Mr. Right
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True g is Easy e
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Easy- E was the real s**t
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R.!.P EAZY-E
A REAL MUTHAHFUCKIN G G!!!
UM 187 KILLA...
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R.I.P Uncle Eazy-E THE GODFATHER OF GANGSTA RAP
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By lil homie EAZY-E looking forward to str8 outa Compton
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U will always be a real g eazy-e love your music rip eazy u will always keep the streets real
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L A KINGS RAIDERS DODGERS CLIPPERS UCLA...
ALL DAY!!!
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R.!.P EAZY-E
A REAL MUTHAHPHUCKI N G G!!!!
STR8 OUTTA C P T
UM 187 KILLA....
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I love you Eazy- E miss you big Eazy -E
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I Eazy - E@and fan anything
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My s**t
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DON'T WORRY EAZY E NO ONE CAN IMITATE YOU SO WE STEEL LISTEN TO YOUR JAMS HAHAHA THIS CARLITOS.70 FROM THE WEST SIDE KUZ IS THE BEST RIDE STEEL CRISING THE BOXERS AND THE LEVIS
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R. I. P. Eazy-E
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R.I.P EAZY-E!!!
A REAL MUTHAPHUKING G...
STR8 OUTA C P T
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The first time I heard boyz n the hood I knew right Then that rap would never be the same
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City of Compton (City of Compton)
DAMN THAT S**T WAS DOPE
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N.W.A Straight Outta Compton
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R.I.P for Easy_E
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