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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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My old best rapper
Eazy won that beef
R.i.p Eazy-E wish he wuz still alive
R.i.p easy-e man
This song is tha s**t
kodaalexande r
R.i.p eazy-e men
how is it
HUB@DUB 4-LIFE RIP EASY!....
R.I.P eazy-e
R.I.P. Easy-E realest n**ga
www.chuckcmo n 7 6
I lived this song
Forever LIVE in peace Eazy 0:)
Gina I love you Bebe kiss you
Miss you and baby girl gina
9784523259 call me gina sex
Sgdjuysru
Tfugfiduff
We want eazy
Rest in paradise Erick Wright
Rest in peace easy...
Im so gonna bump this durin Christmas cx
Eazy e the stuff dr dre just a punk
Sick G s**t
Follow me ill follow back Qt's ;*
~BigBootyNat y A k a L a C h a p i z ;)
All I want is tha P**sy,P**sy, P * * s y ! ! ! ! !
If you be good to me ......
I'll b good to you...lol
Rip eazy duz it
Easy was the king of rap
don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Hey Pandora? Why so few albums?
Sorry diablodreads 3 7 Eazy-E is one of my favorites, Mac Dre is the G.O.A.T
REST EASY LOCC
Eazy duz it
jonellegalla w a y 5
RIP EE
R.I.P
R.I.P EASY E BEST RAPPER EVER. DOPE S**T
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I saidd biitchhhh
Really
*Eazy*
Easy
Needs St8 off tha streetz ov Compton, and 187mm (Dr dre) killa album
RIP
selinarocks3 4
Awesome raper
Still play this track on my mixes
Westcoastin
Kiss your left hand
Say ur crush name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Say ur name
Post this on 15 more songs and u will be asked out
Eazy E will always be a G he's in heaven with his father there both wearing Compton hats and locs
Back when rappers didn't give a f**k
RIP EAZY!!
G.O.A.T.
ntox21
"Eazy E was the soundtrack to my life at age 9,10&11! What were my my folks THINKN'!???" Lol
N.W.A/Eazy E mahh shii right theaaa (;
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