On Monday, March 26, we remembered the passing of Compton’s Eazy E.
It’s been 23 years since Eazy E, Eric Wright, has passed away from AIDs. He was part of hip hop’s toughest rap group N.W.A along with Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, and MC Ren. He first signed with Jerry Heller and when the two came together they created Ruthless Records.
Before Eazy even took interest in the music business he was a drug dealer so the money he made doing street business helped him with the profits in creating the record company. Being a victim of police brutality, being involved in the gang life and crime, Eazy put his life into his music. The group created their first album N.W.A and the Posse and they were a hit ever since. This was the beginning of gangsta rap and the rise of hip-hop on the West Coast. Their next album, Straight Outta Compton, stirred things up and created a lot of controversy within the rap business. Although, after the release of N.W.A’s second album the group started having their troubles which led to them splitting up and Eazy to try and deliver a solo album. Unfortunately, things went differently.
Even though Eazy E, 31, was the face of gangsta rap and Ruthless Records, his life was cut short on March 26, 1995. His legacy is lived through his nine children who most definitely keep his name alive.