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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

11. I'd Rather F**k You

12. Automobile

13. Zaggin My Height Don't Fight

14. Eazy Street

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Track List: It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa

1. Exxtra Special Thankz

2. Real Muthaphuckkin G's

3. Any Last Werdz

4. Still A N**ga

5. Gimmie That Nutt

6. It's On

7. Boyz N Tha Hood (G-Mix)

8. Down 2 Tha Last Roach

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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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Track List: Eazy-Duz-It (Explicit)

2. Nobody Move

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

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R.I.P
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60poundz wen u wearn bootz.
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Rip Eazy-E you will always be a MOTHA FUCKEN legend!!!wor d to the MOTHA FUCKAS!!!
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this is actully some good hard rap
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RIP Eazy
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Shank you
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nickone432
brass monkey..
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I never thought how important eazy e was back in. The. 80's we. Where into back yard parties. But. He was. A. Leader of the. Streets that where flooded with. Drugs and guns and violence. R.I.P.
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Smoking a blunt to this
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gtuscany64
Dis boi broke up NWA
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Happy I can listen to a real g' s for reals
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This is what You Listen to when You High asfk hahah ohhh Hell yea R. I. P Eazy-E
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Happy bday o g love u man a lil bro hug eazy for me
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE EAZY MOTHA FUCKEN E!!!
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sinue032698
Eazye is a g
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sinue032698
Compton is a fucken star
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jtortiz75
Hell ya , F**K THA MOFUKKIN POLICE !!!!!!!!!
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E z e
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Rip to the king of rap eazy mother f**kin e :( :(
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RIP EAZY E WE LOST ANOTHER GREAT LEGEND
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He was my favorite singer
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r.i.p eazy e
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Awesome beats
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F**k the police
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I love Compton
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R.I.P Eazy E
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Love it
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Love!
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Ain't trynna start or disrespect the man but back in the day my pops knocked eazy e out.. at the time he was still a drug dealer bearly coming up wit NWA... rip
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Mother F**kin' "G"!!!
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The TRUTH ......dope can no longer be found on -its -ROPE!
The girl can be found mixed with its boy.
CHINA-WHITE is back.
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That sucks that he died he was really good
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how can you not love Eazys fun ubeat style?
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Ice cube was and has been my favorite since I was a kid
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Easy-E was my favorite In N.W.A
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Eazy 4 Life !!!!!!! #PROUD FAN
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F**k the police they s**t
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N.w.a for life
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NWA for life❤️❤️❤️
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F**k the police better
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nobody move is the jam
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We lost a good man in1995:(
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RIP my N!!g@
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The album came out in 2002
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Love the song switchez listening to it now
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���� R.I.P Eazy-E
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I remember me and my dad went to the concert at Houston and my dad didn't know them at the moment and when he heard them he looked at me soo crazy and I just rocked out and laughed R I P E
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always will remember the iLL concert when they came to Philly@ the SPECTRUM waaaaaaaaaaa a y back in the day....!

R I P "E"
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