Eazy-E

Eazy-E

Biography

Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995), better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. After dropping out of high school in the tenth grade, he supported himself primarily by selling drugs before investing in Ruthless Records and becoming a rapper. When Ruthless artist Ice Cube wrote "Boyz-n-the-Hood", Dr. Dre, Cube, and Eazy formed N.W.A. After DJ Yella, MC Ren, and Arabian Prince joined the group, N.W.A released N.W.A. and the Posse. In 1988, they released their most controversial album, Straight Outta Compton. The group released two more albums and then disbanded after Eazy released Dr. Dre from his contract.

Eazy-E's debut album, Eazy-Duz-It, was released on September 16, 1988, and featured twelve tracks. It was labeled as West Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap, and Golden age hip hop. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the United States and reached number forty-one on the Billboard 200. The album was produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella and largely written by MC Ren, Ice Cube, The D.O.C. Both Glen Boyd from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and MTV's Jon Wiederhorn claimed that Eazy-Duz-It "paved the way" for N.W.A's most controversial album, Straight Outta Compton. Wright's only solo in the album was a remix of the song "8 Ball", which originally appeared on N.W.A and the Posse. The album featured Wright's writing and performing; he performed on eight songs and helped write four songs.

After the release of Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube left due to internal disputes, and the group continued as a four-piece ensemble. N.W.A released 100 Miles and Runnin' and Niggaz4Life in 1991. A diss war started between N.W.A and Ice Cube when "100 Miles and Runnin'" and "Real Niggaz" were released. Ice Cube responded with "No Vaseline" on Death Certificate. Wright performed on seven of the eighteen songs on Niggaz4Life. The feud with Dr. Dre continued after a track on Dre's The Chronic contained lyrics that insulted Eazy-E. Eazy responded with the EP It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, featuring the tracks "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" and "It's On". The album, which was released on October 25, 1993, contains pictures of Dre wearing "lacy outfits and makeup" when he was a member of the Electro-hop World Class Wreckin' Cru.

On February 24, 1995, Eazy-E was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with what he believed to be asthma. Instead he was diagnosed with AIDS. He announced his illness in a public statement on March 16. Eazy's sexual activity began at the age of twelve and resulted in not only a fatal disease, but seven children with six different women. He died due to "complications from AIDS" one month after his diagnosis, on March 26, 1995, at approximately 6:35 PM (Pacific time). He was 31 years old. During the week of March 20, having already made amends with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Eazy-E drafted his last message to fans. One week after the release of that message, Eazy succumbed to the disease. Eazy was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California. In November 1995, eight months after Eazy-E's death, his final album, Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton was released. Since his 1995 death, many book and video biographies were produced, including 2002's The Day Eazy-E Died and Dead and Gone.

Discography

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It

Eazy-E - Eazy-Duz-It

Ruthless Records, Priority Records1988
Eazy-E - 5150 Home 4 Tha Sick

Eazy-E - 5150 Home 4 Tha Sick

Ruthless Records, Priority Records1992
Eazy-E - It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa

Eazy-E - It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa

Ruthless Records1993
Eazy-E - Eternal E

Eazy-E - Eternal E

Priority Records1995
Eazy-E - Str8 Off Tha Streetz Of Muthaphukkin Compton

Eazy-E - Str8 Off Tha Streetz Of Muthaphukkin Compton

Ruthless Records1996
Eazy-E - Impact Of A Legend

Eazy-E - Impact Of A Legend

Epic, Ruthless Records2002
Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E

Eazy-E - Featuring...Eazy E

Priority Records, Ruthless Records, EMI2007

Guest Appearances

The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better
  • The Grand Finale

The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better

Ruthless Records, Atlantic1989
Tairrie B. - The Power Of A Woman
  • Anything You Want

Tairrie B. - The Power Of A Woman

MCA Records, Comptown Records1990
Above The Law - Livin’ Like Hustlers
  • The Last Song

Above The Law - Livin’ Like Hustlers

Ruthless Records, Epic1990
Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost
  • Trust No Bitch

Penthouse Players Clique - Paid The Cost

Ruthless Records, Priority Records1992
Above The Law - Black Mafia Life
  • Game Wreck-Oniz-Iz Game

Above The Law - Black Mafia Life

Ruthless Records1992
Blood Of Abraham - Future Profits
  • Niggaz And Jewz (Some Say Kikes)

Blood Of Abraham - Future Profits

Ruthless Records1993
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Creepin On Ah Come Up
  • Foe Tha Love Of $

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Creepin On Ah Come Up

Ruthless Records1994
Menajahtwa - Cha-Licious
  • Back 2 Da OG

Menajahtwa - Cha-Licious

Ruthless Records1994
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E. 1999 Eternal
  • Foe Tha Love Of $

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E. 1999 Eternal

Ruthless Records, Relativity1995
Mack 10 - The Recipe
  • Get Yo Ride On

Mack 10 - The Recipe

Hoo Bangin' Records, Priority Records1998
Nytowl - The Eclipse
  • R.I.P.

Nytowl - The Eclipse

Kingpin Records1999
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
  • So Sweat

Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis

DreamWorks Records2000
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Thug World Order
  • Non-Fonction Words

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Thug World Order

Ruthless Records2002
Baby S - Street Fractions
  • Eazy Intro

Baby S - Street Fractions

Ruthless Records2002
Brownside - Payback (RE)
  • Eastside Drama

Brownside - Payback

PR Entertainment2002
Boyz N Da Hood - Boyz N Da Hood
  • Gangstas

Boyz N Da Hood - Boyz N Da Hood

Bad Boy Entertainment2005
Layzie Bone - How A Thug Was Born
  • Cruisin

Layzie Bone - How A Thug Was Born

Mo Thugs Records, X-Ray Records2007
Tweed Cadillac - Toast 2 Tha Fools
  • Succaz

Tweed Cadillac - Toast 2 Tha Fools

Gametite, WorldMovement Records2008

Compilations

N.W.A. And The Posse
  • Boyz-N-The-Hood

Various - N.W.A. And The Posse

Macola Record Co.1987
Kool Rap
  • Eazy Duz It

Various - Kool Rap

Priority Records1988
Mr. Magic's Rap Attack Volume 5
  • Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn

Various - Mr. Magic's Rap Attack Volume 5

Profile Records1989
We're All In The Same Gang
  • We're All In The Same Gang (Gangster Mix)

The West Coast Rap All-Stars - We're All In The Same Gang

Warner Bros. Records1990
Straight From The Hood
  • Boyz-N-The-Hood

Various - Straight From The Hood

Priority Records1991
Beverly Hills Cop III (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Luv 4 Dem Gangsta'z

Various - Beverly Hills Cop III (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

MCA Records1994
Rapmasters: From Tha Priority Vaults Volume 1
  • Nobody Move

Various - Rapmasters: From Tha Priority Vaults Volume 1

Priority Records1996
Rapmasters: From Tha Priority Vaults Volume 2
  • Eazy-Duz-It

Various - Rapmasters: From Tha Priority Vaults Volume 2

Priority Records1996
Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary Compilation - Decade Of Game
  • Boyz-N-The-Hood

Various - Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary Compilation: Decade Of Game

Ruthless Records1998
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Collection (Volume One)
  • Foe Tha Love Of $

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Collection (Volume One)

Ruthless Records1998
The N.W.A. Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998
  • We Want Eazy

Various - The N.W.A Legacy Volume 1 1988 - 1998

Priority Records1999
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Collection: Volume Two
  • Sleepwalkers

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Collection: Volume Two

Ruthless Records2000
The N.W.A. Legacy 2
  • Foe Tha Love Of $

Various - The N.W.A Legacy 2

Priority Records, Capitol Records2002
Music From And Inspired By The Film Beef
  • Real Muthaphukkin' G's

Various - Music From And Inspired By The Film Beef

Strange Music2003
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits
  • Foe Tha Love Of $

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits

Ruthless Records2004
Big Speech & D.J. Asylum - The Passion
  • Plottin

Big Speech & D.J. Asylum - The Passion

At All Cost Recordings2004
Mack 10 - Foe Life: The Best Of Mack 10
  • Get Yo Ride On

Mack 10 - Foe Life: The Best Of Mack 10

Priority Records2007
N.W.A. And Their Family Tree
  • We Want Eazy

Various - N.W.A And Their Family Tree

Priority Records, EMI2008
Snoop Dogg Presents My #1 Priority
  • Only If You Want It

Various - Snoop Dogg Presents My #1 Priority

Priority Records2010
Snoop Dogg Presents The West Coast Blueprint
  • Eazy-Duz-It

Various - Snoop Dogg Presents The West Coast Blueprint

Priority Records2010
Various - Big Caz Presents Family Scriptures, Vol. 2
  • Ride

Various - Big Caz Presents Family Scriptures, Vol. 2

Mo Thugs Records2013
Various - Pounding # 2
  • Cruisin

Various - Pounding # 2

Mo Thugs2015
Various - Straight Outta Compton (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • We Want Eazy

Various - Straight Outta Compton (Music From The Motion Picture)

UME2016
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Best Of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Greatest Hits Edition)
  • Foe Tha Love Of $

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - The Best Of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Greatest Hits Edition)

Legacy Recordings2017