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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
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So talented, and hardcore, a phukkin Legend, Love You E!!
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R.I.P EAZY-E LEGEND
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Come off the piano and bust this crazy s**t
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rest in peace by he did more than make an impact of a legend he change rap and hip hop forever
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How did his street credibility take a beating when he had more legit street cred then all of N.W.A and suge put together
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"Who do we want. ..Eazy!"
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EAZY-E 4 lIFE
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long live eazy E. Underground RAP.
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Seemed like a great person he put bone thugs in harmony on the map may you rip long live easy e one love
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Arisa so beautiful
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One of the greatest of all times ....rip!!!!
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may u rest in.peace Eric....n much luv 2ur familia.
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NWA was the s**t! They were bad a**! Still till this day I listen to them. RIP Eazy-E
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Long live eazy e
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rip Eazy E
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Dude please...... C u b e i s the man he wrote most of the songs rip EAZY
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dr dre sucks hes a punk he left eazy e eazy isss tha mannn
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anthonyjsanc h e z
Not the King. Not even close. My opinion - Rakim, Dr. Dre, 2Pac (though I think he's largely overrated), or Jay-Z. Greatest is prob. Rakim.
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I love eazy e he's the king of rap
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EASY will alway be the one that put Compton on the map!!!!!!!! The original line up of NWA f**kin rules everyone knows that !!!! RIP E.
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Long live Eazy-E
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justin.ws9
I'll listen to Eazy-E forever
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Lol I swear I didn't know ppl commented stuff here ����
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yall needs to stfu damn get off his dick let him rest in peace
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Thanks cube and ren for writing for eazy
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THIS SOUND LIKE SUM CUBE DIZ S!!! DOPE!!!!!!
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Not only is this bio poorly written, but it's far more subjective than actually factual...ne e d s editing
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Eazy E was my main man him and Ice Cube was the main men in the group they were the hard core could rap in the group
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aztallguy32
Sorry not enough proof that he was injected with aids, so saying that would be a lie. Also not sure what technical skills raping weren't the greatest means. His technical skill made him one of the greatest.
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I'm pretty sure he had AIDS he lived a while life
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White man,black man doesn't matter cuz he dead grew up listening to Eazy n to this day still bump it R.I.P. E
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BIP EAZY and the white man killed him stupid a** hoe he didn't die from aids
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B.I.P EAZY and he didn't die from aids b**ch the white man killed him dumb hoe @akikowillia m s o n 1 8 7 1
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RIH,
Eazy
We want Eazy.
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Eazy E was killed.... He was injected with aids everybody should do know the truth
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A yo if yall real nwa fans yall no they portrayed eazy wrong an dre i no real gangstas an eazy was dre was true to the game but ummmm!!!!!
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Now before you all start jumping on this Compton ride ah dick because of this movie straight outta Compton just know the truth, facts, and if ur gonna be repping it, claiming it, and or even saying ur from or trying to act like ur from fucken Compton just go ahead and check ur fucken self cause I've lived it and still be running around these L.A. hood streets it's not ur Sunday fucken church nor a fucken game this s**ts real gotta live it see it be in it to fucken believe it this ain't Hollywood
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nathankopler
I'll sell someone a Straight Outta Conpton poster it's HQ I work at a movie theater
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To be honest when it showed eazy-e on that hospital bed in a coma I about cryd and it takes alot for me to cry
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I've seen straight outta Compton
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No matter how he died it was too early....ano t h e r young black man gone too soon
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Can you guyz text me back
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Who is audreymatamo r o s are you boy or a girl can I get your phone number
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Eazy-e badass and is angel Gonzalez : -
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Nobody moves nobody gets hurt
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