Eazy-E was an American rapper known as The Godfather of Gangsta Rap. He was born Eric Lynn Wright on September 7, 1964 in Compton, California, to Kathie and Richard Wright. Eazy-E, was an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur. Eazy-E went into business with Jerry Heller and started Ruthless Records. Eazy-E joined Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube to create NWA.
It is estimated that by the time Eazy-E was 22 he had already earned over a quarter million dollars selling drugs.
In 1991, during the height of gang warfare and hate spilling over between rap artists and politicians, Eazy-E was invited to the White House by President George Bush Sr.
Eazy-E did not come from a bad home. His father was a postal worker and his mother was a school administrator.
Eazy-E has fathered 7 children by 6 different women. His child support payments each month were estimated to be $50,000.
The debut single from NWA was Panic Zone.
Eazy-E dropped out of school when he was just in the 10th grade but returned to complete his G.E.D.
The most controversial album released by Eazy-E and NWA was called Straight Outta Compton. A movie was made about the members of NWA titled Straight Outta Compton.
Eazy-E was a Captain Kelly Park Crip.
Straight Outta Compton was so popular it earned double platinum sales. This album contained the highly controversial track F*** the Police, which spawned legal issues when performing on the road. The FBI sent a warning letter to the group advising them of the trouble it could start if they continued to play it live.
Before Eazy-E was known by this name, his street name was “Casual”.
Eazy-E and NWA were seen as major influences in the gangsta rap scene. The lyrics were violent and misogynistic.
Despite Eazy-E always working with B.G Knocc Out and Gangsta Dre’sta, they never actually signed to his label, they signed to OutBurst/Def Jam Recordings.
Ice Cube left NWA three years after the group formed due to a disagreement with Eazy-E over money matters.
Bone Thugs N Harmony had to audition to Eazy-E over the phone, but he never got back to them, so the group caught up with him at a concert and he signed them.
NWA began to attack Ice Cube as a result of his leaving the group, which resulted in a rift as Ice Cube went solo.
Dr. Dre also left NWA over financial issues with Ruthless Records and Eazy-E.
Comedians, contemporary rappers, and 70s funk groups were Eazy-E’s main influences.
Eazy-E married Tomica Woods in 1995. They met in 1991 and had a son and a daughter together.
There is said to be over 70 unreleased Eazy-e tracks/verses, some of them are owned by Julio G, Ruthless Records and two are owned by DJ Yella.
In 1995 Eazy-E was admitted to hospital for suspected asthma and related symptoms such as a cough that persisted, but instead he was diagnosed with AIDS. He made a public statement about his illness on March 16, 1995.
One month after being diagnosed with AIDS Eazy-E died of complications of AIDS. He was 30 years old when he died.
Eazy had plans for a “Str8 Off Tha Streetz Of Muthaphukkin Compton Part II” but it was never made as part 1 was finished after his death.
Some people believed that Eazy-E was 31 due to a false birth record. He was 30 when he died.
Eazy-E’s daughter with Tomica Woods was born six months after he died.
Eazy-E’s favourite film was a horror movie named “First Power”.
Tomica Woods took over Ruthless Records after Eazy-E died.
Eazy-E’s doctor at his death was Dr. Williams Young, who claimed that he had died of complications from AIDS
Eazy-E’s funeral was attended by approximately 3,000 people, believed to be mostly fellow rappers.
At Eazy’s funeral, the mayor named Fridays in Compton as being “Eric Wright Day” in memory of him, at first the mayor didn’t like Eazy-E but as time went by he became a fan as he made Compton famous.
Eazy-E’s coffin was golden much like the bling rappers often wear.
After Eazy-E’s death, Ruthless Records was to release an Eazy album named “Temporary Insanity” but it was confirmed by DJ Yella that it was never finished.