RIP Eazy-E – 18 Years Later
Today we take a moment to not just mourn the death of the godfather of gangster rap, Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, but to celebrate his life and music. No other artist contributed more to the birth of West Coast rap and its development in the late 80s and early 90s. Eazy-E contributed to so many successful artist’s careers and groups, including N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and many others.
Of all the artists claiming Compton then and now, Eazy-E was the first to put the small LA city on the hip hop map. After forming Ruthless Records, Eazy signed Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, and MC Ren to form the legendary West Coast rap group, N.W.A. and later released the classic album and single, Straight Outta Compton in 1988. The album’s now considered a hip hop classic. Over his career, Eazy released five albums on his own and four with N.W.A.. In addition to his albums, Eazy made countless classic singles, including “Boyz N Tha Hood”, “We Want Eazy”, “Eazy Duz It”, and “Eazy-er Said Than Dunn”. Eazy-E later released “Real Muthaphukkin G’s” after the famous fall-out with Dr. Dre for Dre’s departure from Ruthless Records to pursue his own interests with Death Row Records.
Eazy-E passed away in 1995 from complications from AIDS. However, his legacy endures. His contributions to hip hop, his own music, and lasting impression on the hip hop industry as a whole continue to bring a classic West Coast sound and attitude to the industry. Rest In Peace to a legend, but don’t quote me, boy. I ain’t said shit!