Eazy E Life and Music
Eazy-E was born in Compton, California. He attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California (being bussed from South Central). During those years he began selling drugs, and used the profits to form a record label, Ruthless Records with his business partner, Jerry Heller. He soon recruited Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and Arabian Prince. The group’s first album, released as N.W.A (“Niggaz With Attitude”) in 1987, N.W.A. and the Posse, sold well for an underground release.
However, after Dr. Dre and DJ Yella consolidated the sound of the group to slower and heavier beats, and after Ice Cube emerged as the group’s foremost song writer, their upcoming productions in 1988 and 1989 are now considered Hip Hop Masterpieces. The 1989′s album Straight Outta Compton became a platinum-certified undeground hit, and sold 2 million copies after it was re-released in 1989.
Eazy-E quickly released his debut solo LP, Eazy-Duz-It, which went double-platinum, selling 2.7 Million copies. Ice Cube left N.W.A. in 1989, convinced that Eazy-E and Heller were reaping an undue share of the group’s profits at the expense of the group’s other members.
Eazy-E’s vision was not always shared by his fellow members in N.W.A; specifically, Dr. Dre was critical of the direction Eazy was heading the group towards. While Eazy wanted to portray a rough and realistic group of street gangstas with stark, minimal beats, Dre preferred to include more mainstream elements in his production.
The sound and the image evolved and N.W.A and Eazy-E both released an EP as well as some other side productions such as those from the D.O.C. Eazy-E, for the final N.W.A. album Efil4zaggin (1991), wanted to include even more elements of what Dr. Dre thought to be too cartoonish, as the use of pistols and shotguns in videos like Always into Somethin’ and Appettite for Destruction, these differences of opinions lead to a break-up, and having economical differences, a feud between the two stars appeared.
Dr. Dre’s famous solo debut The Chronic blasted Eazy-E on certain tracks, most notably the hit single “Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’).” In response Eazy-E released a second solo album It’s On(Dr.Dre)187um Killa, which was eventually certified double-platinum. The album contains repeated references to Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg.
One of the videos for the album shows Dre in his days as a member of World Class Wreckin’ Cru. The photo’s caption portrays him being dressed in drag and wearing eye shadow, lipstick and sequins. Ruthless Records found considerable success with Above the Law, MC Ren, N.W.A and, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Eazy-E was heavily criticized by many rap fans in Los Angeles and specially in Compton after vocally supporting Theodore Briseño, the only non-white police officer who took part in the Rodney King beating, and for attending a Republican Party fundraiser. In spite of their hostility toward him and N.W.A, the FBI actually uncovered a plot by white supremacists to assassinate Eazy-E.Related Information: