Compton, California over the last three decades has become a staple brand name in Hip-Hop for it's rich history of producing many legendary Hip-Hop artists that have pushed the culture to unseen heights in the individuals such as, "Dr. Dre", "DJ Quik", and one of the godfathers of Gangsta rap that sparked a musical revolution in Eric "Eazy-E" Wright. Eric Wright was born on September 7th, 1964 in Compton, California and always had the intentions to be great and would have the chance to do so in 1986 when his childhood friend Dr. Dre introduced Eazy-E to his talented MC friend known as Ice Cube.
Eazy realized that his career as a hustler on the streets of Compton was no longer a viable path due to the Los Angeles Police Department cracking down on such discretions since the crack epidemic erupted. Thus, Eazy-E, as a rapper would be born when Dr. Dre coached him through how to rhyme the lyrics Ice Cube penned for the iconic song, "Boyz N Da Hood". Upon its release, the song served as a voice for the streets of Los Angeles that was previously absent in Hip-Hop's arena and thus the genre of Gangsta rap was launched.
Alongside the master producer in Dr. Dre and the elite penmanship of Cube, Eazy-E would also recruit MC Ren and DJ Yella to form the seminal Hip-Hop group known as, "N.W.A." or "Niggaz Wit Attitudes". The trail run or rough draft of the legendary cut, "Boyz N Da Hood" can be heard on N.W.A.'s first initial 1987 project (before their first official debut album), "N.W.A. And The Posse". Although the album showed signs of brilliance from the group's core members (Cube, Eazy, and Dre), the group would not fully polish their skills within the studio until the release of their culture-changing 1988 album, "Straight Outta Compton" under Eazy-E's record label Ruthless Records. The album is credited as one of the pioneer's of Gangsta rap due to its violent lyrics, high use of profanity and harshly true illustrations of their inner-city communities. The album's standout tracks, "Fuck Tha Police", "Gangsta Gangsta" and "Express Yourself" would catapult N.W.A. into superstardom and would spark a national sold out tour across the country for the rising Hip-Hop stars.
Just a couple months after the releases of N.W.A.'s debut album, Eazy-E would drop his debut album, "Eazy-Duz-It" that was largely produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella with the majority of the writing responsibilities falling on Cube's shoulders. The album hosted the standout tracks, "Eazy-er Said Than Dunn", "We Want Eazy" and the remix for the acclaimed street hit, "Boyz N Da Hood". The album would go on to sell over two million copies and would be claimed as a success for Eazy's solo debut project. Not too long after it's release and the ascension of Eazy-E as an artist, Ice Cube would leave N.W.A. due to shady management within the group and for not receiving appropriate compensation for everything he attributed to the careers of both N.W.A. and Eazy-E respectively. N.W.A. would respond to Cube's exit from the group by releasing the diss songs, "100 Miles and Runnin" and "Real Niggaz" that claimed Cube was a "traitor" after Cube released his debut (and highly successful) 1990 album, "AmeriKKKas Most Wanted" that did not mention N.W.A. throughout the whole project. It would not be long before Cube would release his response to N.W.A. with the ruthless diss track, "No Vaseline" that would single-handedly end the beef as Cube would showcase his vicious lyrical abilities that once was responsible for the majority of N.W.A.'s success.
It would not be long before Dr. Dre would leave Eazy-E due to the truth of the shady management within Ruthless Records that was inappropriately compensating every member of the group beside Eazy-E. This would also spark a beef between Dr. Dre and Eazy-E that would birth the great diss songs, "Real Muthafuckin G's" and "Fuck Wit Dre Day". As articulated by Cube, a couple years after he left the group both Eazy and Cube would run into each other in New York and would discuss getting N.W.A. back together. Unfortunately, that would be the last time Cube would see him alive because, on March 26th, 1995 Eric "Eazy-E" Wright would be declared dead due to the complications of AIDS.
Ultimately, Eazy would contribute to sparking a musical revolution that developed the ultra-popular and highly impactful genre known as Gangsta rap.
We encourage you to check out Eazy's discography, a documentary on his life and a movie detailing the rise and fall of arguably the most influential Hip-Hop group of all time in N.W.A.!