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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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Its my bday love u bro
Let me forever remember my boy Eazy-E...the only non-closet Republican Rapper in the history of ever...piece homie I'll see u on the other side some day
daniel.9286
south side ×3 for life brown pride my niggazz
why did he lie about his age?

R.i.p lil bro this yo s**t love u
Lol at kid homo on 2pac dick new york oakland los angeles yah real thug... and died in nv your the ho
jeterandyank s f a n
You're all wrong, Ice as in Vanilla Ice is the GREATEST Rapper of all time LMFAO!!!
Classic! This old school rap s**t, forgot how hard this hit dem 12's. R. I . P. To the devils son-n-law, no it's Peter Peter da p**sy eater. No it's E, da muthafuckin p**sy eater.
EAZY-E reminds me of my home Brandon Sherllom Hollens Jr
smithzani
Eazy-E was G about that sh**t, but keep it common sense. "Best rapper ever"? Neva that! My top 2- ICE CUBE, SCARFACE! Ice cube in the beginning wrote all of Eazy-E rhymes. Man! Let's used our heads for more than a hat rack. Ya Digg!!!
Tupac, Eazy-E, biggy smalls got me into to rap u guys should stfu these 3 men are the saviors none of them are better than each other they changed the game
dorandav
Baeeeeee❤️❤️ � r.i.p
Eazy e :)
stay crippin
Just because 2pac has lots of díck riders doesn't make him the best rapper. lil wayne seriously??? Also make sure your parents don't find out your listening to drake or they're gonna slap the shït out of you for being a fággot. Plus you're calling me a little kid when you look like you look 11 and can't spell for shït stay in school son or you'll be working at Mcdonalds flipping some burgers. lel
Ahaha Bitchh sit the fuk down hoe Tupac is the best Rapper if You cant understand that then obviously You're a dumbass little kid who probably listens to lil wayne and calls it "real" rap. Fuk outta here
No, 2pac isn't the best rapper he happens to be the most overrated rapper ever.
Lol kid go do your home work a take a nap... fun n lame
You dumb b**ches are on f**king Crack Tupac was and still is the best Rapper of all time so sit down and stfu
Ice Cube N Eazy-E Were The Best Rappers
c4irvin
Zach
It's funny how you all say that eazy's the best rapper but ice cube wrote most of his songs. lel
Sate from the days of the pager
franciscosma n c i a
Reel g rap...
michaelgonza l e s 2 0 0 2
R.I.P Easy
F**k Dr.Gay! EAZY THA REAL CPT G!
Dre a sell out Eazy E the best rapper to ever come out the west coast definition of a real G rite here
Xavimagdalen o what the f freak is wrong with you the godfather of rap is Dr.Dre get you s**t straight man Eazy is awesome but nothing compared to Dre
salo_mon816
Eazy duz it :)
Show Respect To The Godfather Of Gangsta Rap Muthafuckas He Is So Underrated Bcuz Everybody Says That 2Pac And Biggie R The Best No Muthafuckas Get It St8 EAZY Muthafuckin E Is The Best Bow Down!!!
Love all his songs
MY F**K SONG
Eazy e. At his best RIP. Eric Lynn Wright
anthonywhite 3 9 5
The S**t
When keepin it Gangsta paid the bills...
eliseobautis t a 9 8
Thats right real g
G's
EAZY -E CPT A REAL MUTHAHPHUCKI N G G!!!
R! P Eazy E!! A real OG
Eazy-e was a beast
He is the n**ga f**k what yall talkin about my man ya digg nwa
He sould of keet hes dick to him self he wouldnt got STDZ
The guy below me is a f*g
Eazy e was actually from New York, lol this bio is phucked in the head. To good of a musician to die young R.I.P rest eazy
Eazy died of an STD you f**kin idiot
Eazy-E was murdered by the CIA....dont get it twisted, SHEEPLE!
who write this s**t. these authors dont know s**t about the bio of most WEST COAST rappers. its pathetic...k n o w your s**t or shut the f**k up. street credibility. . . S t e v e Huey is a dumb motherf**ker . probably from nyc
eazy duz it
Rap legend bro
Razy is a legend fick all yall rappers n**ga
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