*Now Im in the biggest fight of my life, and it aint easy. But I want to say much love to those who have been down to me. And thanks for your support. Just remember : Its YOUR real time and YOUR real life. See you around buddy boy.
Release Date : 1988 Label : Fourth & Broadway Records, Island Records, Priority Records, Ruthless Records type : LP Tracklisting : 01. Still Talkin' 02. Nobody Move 03. Ruthless Villain 04. 2 Hard Mutha's 05. Boyz-N-The-Hood (Remix) 06. Eazy-duz-it 07. We Want Eazy 08. Eazy-er said then dun 09. Radio 10. No More ?'s 11. I'mma Break It Down 12. Eazy-Chapter 8 Verse 10 (B.U.L.L.S.H.I.T.)
Compton, California is a small suburb of Los Angeles, a place known for its vast history of rags-to-riches stories, stardom, glamour, and fame. Compton has emerged from being just another surrounding area of Los Angeles to one of the country's most well known cities. That fact is attributed to the music in which Compton helped give birth to and make so famous. "Gangsta" rap has developed into a money making enterprise, spreading misogynistic messages, violent overtures, and the theories of toting guns as if it was a sport. Sometimes, the words would prove to be more fiction than fact, but the attention was attracted nonetheless. One of the artists responsible for making this era of music so spectacular is Eazy-E, a gangsta rapper whose claim to fame was not the music, but in the way he presented it. With a career that would span almost a decade, Eazy became the mark of excellence in gangsta rap, but as with all success comes a price. Eazy would rise above many obstacles that would kill just an average person, and tasted the fruits of his labor until his untimely demise. Born Eric Wright in 1964, Eazy grew up with the same hopes and dreams as most young men from an impoverished background. He wanted to make it big, no matter how he had to do it. Hip-Hop was a flourishing conglomerate, very legal, and one that could provide a way of life that make most envious to the point of rage. The Hip-Hop scene on the western section of the United States was not as lush as it was in the east, but all that would make a drastic change. Dealing drugs to make a living, Eazy finally did something positive with the money that was leading to the bloodshed on the streets. He took a portion of his earnings and formed a rap label, called Ruthless Records. The attempt to start his rap empire didn't prove fruitful until up and coming artists Ice Cube and Dr. Dre began to write for the label. When HBO, the signing company of Ruthless Records refused to take one of the group's songs, titled "Boyz In The Hood," they formed the group N.W.A., an acronym for Niggaz With Attitude. They would bring aboard 1 more member DJ Yella, and the five-man team would begin to blaze the trail that we know today as gangsta rap. N.W.A.'s debut album, "N.W.A. and The Posse," was a party-oriented jam record that largely went ignored upon its 1987 release. In the following year, the group added M.C. Ren and revamped their sound, bringing in many of the noisy, extreme sonic innovations of Public Enemy and adopting a self-consciously violent and dangerous lyrical stance. Late in 1988, N.W.A. delivered "Straight Outta Compton, " a vicious hardcore record that became an underground hit with virtually no support from radio, the press or MTV. N.W.A. became notorious for their hardcore lyrics, especially those of "Fuck Tha Police," which resulted in the FBI sending a warning letter to Ruthless and its parent company, suggesting that the group should watch their step. Most of the group's political threat left with Ice Cube when he departed in late 1989 amidst many financial disagreements. A nasty feud between N.W.A. and Cube began that would culminate with Cube's "No Vaseline," an attack on the group's management released on his 1991 "Death Certificate" album. By the time the song was released, N.W.A., for all intents and purposes, was finished. Eazy and the rest of the crew would go on to release two more albums, "100 Miles and Runnin'" in 1990 and "Efil4zaggin" (which is Niggaz 4 Life backwards) the following year, and the albums were mostly Eazy flexing his lyrical muscle. Some of the lyrics provoked outrage from many critics and conservative circles, but that only increased the group's predominately male, White suburban audience. Even though the group was at the peak of their popularity, Dre began to make efforts to leave the crew, due to conflicting egos and what he perceived as an unfair record deal. Dre and Eazy would then delve into a widely publicized feud that would run its course over a few years. Eazy then would have to make the transition as a solo artist, but seemingly the transition was made rather smoothly. Eazy had released his debut solo album in 1988, titled "Eazy Duz It," which would ultimately be his only full-length album. It was received well amongst fans, particularly in California. Although he would never achieve the astronomical success he received with N.W.A. on a commercial level, he still was considered a force in Hip-Hop. Fans across the nation had begun to see a change in Hip-Hop, and Eazy was one of the many driving forces behind it. Amidst the drama that was going on between he and Dr. Dre, Eazy decided to take the bold step of addressing the issue on record. "It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa" was released in late 1993, which proved to be a depiction of the murder of Dre on record, and it attracted major attention. The unapologetically violent album would be the first of many on-record feuds between Dre and Eazy, and it shed a lot of light on the issues between the former partners. It also marked the decline in Eazy's vastly flourishing career. In 1995, the Hip-Hop nation was struck with alarming news. In a publicized statement, Eazy announced he had contracted HIV, the virus that caused AIDS. No one, including Eazy himself had a clue about how sick he actually was. During the week of 20th March, the star drafted his last message to fans (check the last words section). One month after making that haunting announcement, Eazy succumbed to the disease at a local hospital in Los Angeles. He was 31 years old at the time of his death. Before he died, Eazy had made amends with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the men whom he skyrocketed to success with and rewrote Hip-Hop history with. A man of his talents has been deeply missed since his passing, and the game has had the unenviable task of going on without him. Two postmortem albums were subsequently released, "Eternal E" in 1995 after his death, and "Str8 off Tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton," in 1998, both of which proved to be successful. An upcoming group discovered by Eazy, were in the beginning stages of their careers, which would prove fruitful later on. The legacy of Eazy E lives on in the hearts and minds of Hip-Hop and its long list of fans.
Né à Compton (banlieue de Los Angeles), Eazy-E est un membre des Crips durant son adolescence. Il abandonne rapidement les études et devient trafiquant de drogue, dont il utilise les bénéfices pour monter une maison de disques, Ruthless Records (avec Jerry Heller). Par la suite, il met sous contrat Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella, The D.O.C. et Arabian Prince, avec lesquels il forme N.W.A. Le groupe sort son premier album, N.W.A. and the Posse, en 1987. Cet album ne rencontre pas un vif succès. Cependant, l'année suivante Eazy-E sort son premier album solo, Eazy Duz It, qui est sacré double disque de platine. Toujours en 1988, N.W.A sort Straight Outta Compton, dont la médiatisation des titres Fuck tha Police et Straight Outta Compton assure le succès et lance le style gangsta rap l'album est un des plus grands classiques du mouvement. Ice Cube quitte N.W.A en 1989 à la suite d'un désaccord avec Eazy-E. Celui-ci devient alors naturellement le leader du groupe. Quelques mois après la tournée de Straight Outta Compton, le groupe sort un EP100 Miles and Runnin' sans Ice Cube puis en 1991 l'album efil4zaggin. L'album n'est cependant pas aussi réussi que Straight Outta Compton. Suite à cet album, Dr Dre quitte N.W.A pour les mêmes raisons qu'Ice Cube. Le premier album solo de Dr Dre, The Chronic (sous le label Death Row Records), fait l'effet d'une bombe et comporte un morceau insultant Eazy-E, Fuck With Dre Day. La réponse d'Eazy-E ne se fait pas attendre. Il sort son second album solo, It's On (187um Killa), incluant les tubesAny Last Werdz, Real Muthaphuckkin G's et It's On qui se sont vendus à plus de trois millions de copies. L'album contient des propos peu élogieux à l'encontre de Dr Dre et de Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Décès et funérailles En 1995, Eazy-E est hospitalisé pour ce qu'il croit alors être de l'asthme. L'hôpital diagnostique un SIDA, ce qu'Eazy-E annonce presque immédiatement à son public. Il décède peu après, le 26mars1995. Peu avant sa mort, Ice Cube se rend à son chevet et ils se réconcilient. Dr Dre se réconcilie lui aussi avec Eazy-E. D'ailleurs, le 1erfévrier2011, Dr Dre lui rend hommage dans les dernières secondes du clip d'I Need a Doctor, la deuxième chanson de son album Detox. Le dernier album d'Eazy-E, Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton sort après sa mort. Il laisse sept enfants de six femmes différentes dans le deuil1. Eazy-E a droit à de belles funérailles avec un cercueil plaqué or. À sa mort, les seuls autres membres restants de N.W.A. étaient MC Ren, DJ Yella, Ice Cube et Dr Dre. MC Ren ne se rendit pas aux funérailles d'Eric car il ne voulait pas voir son ami dans cette situation et préfèrait se rappeler les bons moments passés avec lui. Quelque temps plus tard, DJ Yella sort l'album Eternal E. Eazy-E rassemble à ses funérailles des figures emblématique des icônes du rap de la West-Coast comme Tupac , Snoop dogg , Ice Cube ou encore Dr.Dre lui rendent alors hommage .