Eazy E

Eazy E

Eazy E RIP

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Lil Eazy-E
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Dee Barnes Interview
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Vital Stats
Birth name Eric Lynn Wright
Born September 7, 1963(1963-09-07)
Origin Compton, California
Died March 26, 1995 (aged 31)
Genre(s) West Coast Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1983–1995
Label(s) Ruthless, Priority, Relativity, Epic
Associated acts N.W.A, Above the Law, B.G. Knocc Out, Dresta, Kokane, Dirty Red, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Jerry Heller, Ricky Bell, Jevon Tompkins
Website Eazy-E.com

NWA AND SOLO CAREER

Eric Wright, the son of Richard and Kathie Wright, dropped out of high school in the 10th grade and supported himself by selling drugs, later receiving a high school equivalency diploma. He used the profits from his drug sales to establish the Ruthless Records rap music label. When Ruthless signees Dr. Dre and Ice Cube wrote "Boyz-n-the-Hood", Wright formed the group N.W.A, joining other rappers Dr. Dre, MC Ren and Ice Cube and later adding DJ Yella and Arabian Prince.

The subsequent period saw Ruthless Records release the compilation N.W.A and the Posse (1987), N.W.A's proper debut Straight Outta Compton (1988), and one month later, Eazy-E's solo album, Eazy-Duz-It. The album sold two million copies, certifying it as a double platinum album, and spawned the hit singles "We Want Eazy" and "Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn" (a remix of "Boyz-n-the-Hood", a previous hit, was also included). The album was again produced by N.W.A's Dr. Dre and DJ Yella and largely written by fellow N.W.A rapper Ice Cube, with contributions from MC Ren and The D.O.C. (whose solo No One Can Do It Better would be released the following year).

On the final N.W.A album, Efil4zaggin (1991), some of the lyrics provoked outrage from many critics and conservative circles. Eazy-E included even more of the elements such as the use of pistols and shotguns in videos for both "Alwayz into Somethin'" and "Appetite for Destruction".

These differences of opinion led to a bumpy relationship; a break-up ensued when it was thought that Eazy-E and Jerry Heller were stealing money from the group. Ice Cube had thought this causing him to leave N.W.A, and he referenced this in his diss song, "No Vaseline". Subsequently, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre started feuding – a feud that grew to embroil most of Ruthless Records and Dr. Dre's new label, Death Row Records.

LEGAL ISSUES

At the start of Dr. Dre’s defection from Ruthless Records. Ruthless Records executives, Mike Klein and Jerry Heller sought assistance from the Jewish Defense League (JDL for short). Mike Klein, former Ruthless Records director of business affairs said This provided Ruthless Records with muscle to enter into negotiations with Death Row Records over Dr. Dre’s departure. While Suge Knight violently sought an outright release from Ruthless Records for Dr. Dre, the JDL and Ruthless Records management were able to sit down with Death Row and negotiate a release in which the record label would continue to receive money and publishing rights from future Dr. Dre projects. It was under these terms Dr. Dre left Ruthless Records and formed Death Row with Suge Knight. The FBI launched a money laundering investigation, assuming that the JDL was extorting money from Ruthless Records to fight their extremist causes. This led to JDL spokesperson Irv Rubin to issue a press release stating "There was nothing but a close, tight relationship" between Eazy-E and the League.

Jerry Heller has acknowledged that Eazy-E received death threats, and it was discovered that he was on hit list by some neo-Nazi skinheads. Heller has speculated that it may have been because of the song "Fuck Tha Police". He also said "It was no secret that in the aftermath of the Suge Knight shake down incident where Eazy was forced to sign over Dr. Dre, Michel'le and The D.O.C., that Ruthless was protected by Israeli-trained security forces." Jerry Heller maintains that Eazy-E admired the group for their slogan "Never Again", and that he had plans to do a movie about the group.

ILLNESS AND DEATH

In March 1995, Eazy-E was admitted into Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with what he believed to be acute bronchitis. Following comprehensive tests, it was discovered that he was suffering from AIDS. He spoke out time and time again that he was not homosexual and that the disease affects everyone, either straight or gay. The illness was found to be in an advanced stage, and his condition deteriorated rapidly. During the week of March 20, already having made amends with Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, Eazy-E drafted what would be his last message to his fans:

“ …"I may not seem like a guy that you'd pick to preach a sermon, but I feel it's now time to 'testify' because I do have folks that care about me hearing all kinds of stories about what's up.

"Yeah, I was a brother on the streets of Compton doing a lot of things most people look down on, but it did pay off. Then, we started rapping about real stuff that shook up the LAPD and the F.B.I., but we got our message across big-time and everyone in America started paying attention to the boyz in the hood. Soon, our anger and hopes got everyone riled up.

"There were great rewards for me personally like fancy cars, gorgeous women and good livin'. Like real non-stop excitement. I'm not religious but wrong or right, that's me. I'm not saying this because I'm looking for a soft cushion wherever I'm heading, I just feel that I've got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what's real when it comes to AIDS. Like something good that will reach out to all my homeboys and their kin because I want to save their asses before it's too late. I'm not looking to blame anyone except myself. I've learned in the last week that this thing is real and it doesn't discriminate. It affects everyone.

"My girl, Tomika, and I have been together for four years, and we recently got married. She's good, she's kind and a wonderful mother. We have a little boy who's a year old. Before Tomika, I had other women. I have seven children by six different mothers. Maybe success was too good to me. I love all my kids. And I always took care of them.

"Now, I'm in the biggest fight of my life and it ain't easy. But I want to say much love to those who have been down with me and thanks for all your support." .

On March 26, 1995, ten days after being admitted into the hospital, Eric "Eazy-E" Wright died, at the age of 31. Among his survivors were his parents Kathie and Richard Wright, brother Kenneth, and sister Patricia. He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.

LIL EAZY E

Eric Wright Jr. (born April 23, 1984), better known by his stage name Lil Eazy-E, is an American rapper and the oldest son of gangsta rap pioneer Eazy-E.

Wright was born and raised in Compton, California, in the same house his father grew up in. He was 10 years old when his father died of AIDS. He first appeared on the hip hop scene with Daz, during which time an independent album release was expected. However, no contract was actually signed, and this led to an eventual feud between the two rappers. Lil Eazy-E left Virgin Records for a deal with Blackground and Universal Motown Records Group in 2006. He created the recording label Kings of L.A. Entertainment.

He has performed duets with rappers such as Timbaland and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He is due to release an eagerly awaited album named The Prince Of Compton, alongside Young Mav and DL. Lil Eazy-E was involved in a feud with rapper The Game, because he thought The Game was overusing his fathers name. He disses The Game on the track Coming To Compton on his mixtape Rebirth of Gangsta Rap. The Game shot back on the song 120 Bars where he claims Lil Eazy-E doesn't even write his own lyrics, but on the same track he believes he shouldn't beef with Lil Eazy-E because of deep inner respect he has for his father. Lil Eazy-E retaliated on the song They Know Me where he claims nobody even knows The Game the way they know Lil Eazy-E. Later the Game would go on and say he and Lil Eazy-E had ended their feud.

DISCOGRAPHY
  • 1988: Eazy-Duz-It
  • 1992: 5150: Home 4 tha Sick
  • 1993: It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa
  • 1995: Eternal E
  • 1996: Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton
  • 2002: Impact of a Legend
  • 2007: Featuring…Eazy-E

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