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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, California, a rough part of the Los Angeles metro area. 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 went on to 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 Niggaz4life. His taste for cartoonish vulgarity began to undermine the claims of realistic inner-city reporting that the group members 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 cartoonish 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 a 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, an L.A.P.D. officer involved in the Rodney King beating; later in the year, he paid $2,500 to attend a Republican fundraiser, 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 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. Additional posthumous compilations followed.

In 2015, the critically acclaimed, Academy-Award-nominated N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was released in theaters. Focusing on the creation and rise of the seminal gangsta rap crew, Compton was dedicated to Eazy. It went on to make over $200 million worldwide at the box office and inspired a cultural resurgance for N.W.A. With increased mainstream recognition of N.W.A.'s legacy in the history of rap and hip-hop, Eazy received a posthumous honor for his contribution to music with his induction into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Eternal E (Explicit)

1. Boyz-N-The Hood (Remix)

3. Eazy-Duz-It

4. Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn

5. No More ?'s

6. We Want Eazy

7. Nobody Move

8. Radio

9. Only If You Want It

10. Neighborhood Sniper

13. Zaggin My Height Don't Fight

14. Eazy Street

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Track List: Eazy-Duz-It

2. Nobody Move

3. Ruthless Villain

4. 2 Hard Mutha's

5. Boyz-N-The Hood (Remix)

6. Eazy-Duz-It

7. We Want Eazy

8. Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn

9. Radio

10. No More ?'s

11. I'mma Break It Down

12. Eazy-Chapter 8 Verse 10

13. Intro: New Year's E-Vil

14. Only If You Want It

15. Neighborhood Sniper

16. N**gaz My Height Don't Fight

17. Merry Muthafuckin' Xmas

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Rip Eazy-E the best rapper/gangs t e r in the world
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Boys n da hood r.i.p easy-e
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Rock an roll hall of famer e z- mothaf**kin e
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He's 43 this year
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I <3 him and his music especially real thugs with tupac
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Eazy the s**t
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I'm your favorite fan Tha Big O.G.
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DONT READ THIS!!! This is creepy but it works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Repost this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. If you don't you will have bad luck. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters
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Rip eazy-e we love you
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RIP Easy E U was apart of my lifewhen iwas a teen once it was the life now 38 n someone mom but yournever forgtten one of the first rapper out there n favor too Ms Chay
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:-/
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I always love his music. R.I.P. ��
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What to do when it's bullshit
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Its easer said than dunn
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F**k I want to do tha foa n**ga
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Don't read this via you will be missed by the love of your life in the nearest Friday if you don't post this you will die in the next 2days post this on 5songsin the next 143min and when done press f6and your lovers name will appear in big letters
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Best artist ever
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He was awesome
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And the best person ever
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He was the best rapper ever
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Man Wes knows tha n**ga died
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R.I.P EAZY-E #90S HIPHOP AND STRAIGHT OUTA COMPTON
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But tha n**ga tiny thoughs
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I love eazy e he is the coolest person I heard of and will be the coolest and awesomeest

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I've loved rap for awhile and Eazy-E has been my fav from the start
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i really don't like rap but that old gangster rap is clean as hell
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