Eazy-E biography

Eazy-E

G-funk, Musical Artist

1963 – 1995

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Who was Eazy-E?

Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E who is affectionately called "The Godfather Of Gangsta Rap" was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. After dropping out of high school in the tenth grade, he supported himself primarily by selling drugs before investing in Ruthless Records and becoming a rapper. When Ruthless artist Ice Cube wrote "Boyz-n-the-Hood", Dre, Cube, and Eazy formed N.W.A. After DJ Yella, MC Ren, and Arabian Prince joined the group, N.W.A released N.W.A. and the Posse. In 1988, they released their most controversial album, Straight Outta Compton. The group released two more albums and then disbanded after Eazy released Dr. Dre from his contract.

Eazy's main influences included 1970s funk groups, contemporary rappers, and comedians. When reviewing Eazy's albums, many critics noted his unique overall style, with Steve Huey of the All Music Guide summing up: "While his technical skills as a rapper were never the greatest, his distinctive delivery, over-the-top lyrics, and undeniable charisma made him a star."

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Born
Sep 7, 1963
Compton
Also known as
  • Easy-E
  • Eazy E
  • Easy E
  • EAZY - E
  • Eric Wright
  • Eric Lynn Wright
  • N.W.A.
  • E. Wright
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • William Howard Taft Charter High School
Lived in
  • Compton
Died
Mar 26, 1995
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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