Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur who helped to catapult West Coast rap and gangsta rap by bringing the group N.W.A and its company, Ruthless Records, to new heights. Wright, who was born and reared in Compton, California, had a string of legal issues prior to forming Ruthless in 1987.
They merged, establishing N.W.A, later that year, after a brief solo career that included regular collaborations with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A’s debut studio album, released in 1988. It’s controversial when it first released, but it is today considered one of the best and most influential albums of all time.
Niggaz4Life, the group’s third and final studio album, released in 1991, and the band separated soon after.
Eazy-E became entangled in severe rivalry with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who had left for solo careers in 1989 and 1991, respectively, during N.W.A’s splintering, mostly due to money conflicts. Eazy-E resurrected his solo career and released two EPs. However, he remained more influential behind the scenes, signing and launching the rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on a national scale from 1993 to 1994.
Eazy-E hospitalized and diagnosed with AIDS in 1995 and died as a result of the disease’s consequences. He has been dubbed the “godfather of gangster rap.”
Biography of Eazy-E
Eric Wright was born on September 7, 1964, in Compton, California, to Richard and Kathie Wright. Compton was historically known for its high crime rates and gang culture. His father worked for the Postal Service, while his mother worked as a school administrator. Wright dropped out of high school in tenth grade but obtained a general equivalency diploma later on (GED).
Wright made his living mostly by selling drugs, and he introduced his cousin to the illegal trade. Jerry Heller, Wright’s music manager, recalls seeing Wright sell marijuana but not cocaine. Wright’s “dope dealer” moniker, according to Heller, was part of his “self-forged armor.” Wright was also dubbed a “thug” by some.
Heller elaborates: “His childhood neighborhood was a frightening place. He was a diminutive figure. On the street, the role of ‘thug’ was well-known; it provided you with some security in the sense that people were hesitant to fuck with you. Similarly, the title of “dope dealer” conferred some advantages and respect.”
Wright allegedly made as much as $250,000 from drug sales when he was 22 years old, in 1986. After his cousin was murdered and killed, he felt that the Los Angeles hip hop scene, which was gaining popularity at the time, would be a better place for him to make a career. In the mid-1980s, he launched Ruthless Records by recording songs in his parents’ garage.
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When Wright persuaded Heller to join him in business, he came up with the idea for Ruthless Records. Wright proposed a half-ownership corporation, but it was eventually determined that Wright would receive 80% of the profits and Heller would receive only 20%. Heller claimed to have told Wright, “I take twenty cents out of every dollar that comes into Ruthless. For a manager of my expertise, that is industry norm. I’ll take 20% and you’ll take 80%. I’m in charge of my expenses, and you’re in charge of yours. You are the sole owner of the business. I’m employed by you.” Wright, together with Heller, put a lot of money into Ruthless Records.
Did his death occur due to Aids?
Wright was brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on February 24, 1995, with a severe cough. He was told he had HIV/AIDS. On March 16, 1995, he made a public declaration about his sickness. Wright caught the illness through a sexual partner, according to reports. He prepared a final message to his fans during the week of March 20, having previously made apologies with Ice Cube. One month after being diagnosed with AIDS, Eazy-E died on March 26, 1995, from pneumonia caused by the disease. He was 30 years old at the time (most reports at the time said he was 31 due to the falsification of his date of birth by one year). On April 7, 1995, he was laid to rest in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.
Eazy-E’s personal life
In 1984, Wright gave birth to his son, Eric Darnell Wright (also known as Lil Eazy-E). Erin, one of his daughters, has legally changed her name to Ebie. She started a crowd-funding campaign in October 2016 to make a film called Ruthless Scandal: No More Lies about her father’s death. In December 2016, it came to a halt.
Wright met Tomica Woods in a Los Angeles nightclub in 1991, and the two married twelve days before he died in 1995. Dominick was their son, and Daijah was their daughter (born six months after Wright’s death). Ruthless was taken up by Wright’s wife after his death. Wright had 11 children with eight different women, according to Jerry Heller.
Quick facts about Eazy-E
|Full Name||Eric Lynn Wright|
|Date of Birth||September 7, 1964|
|Birth Place||Compton, Los Angeles|
|Age||30 Years Old|
|Date of death||26 April 1995|
|Height||5 feet 2 inch|