Eazy-E Facts

Eazy-E Facts
Eazy-E was an American Rapper who is referred to as The Godfather of Gagsta rap. He was born Eric Lynn Wright on September 7th, 1964, in Compton, California, to Kathie and Richard Wright. Compton was known for its gang related activity and high crime rate. Eazy-E dropped out of high school in grade 10 and supported himself as a drug dealer, an activity his cousin taught him. Eazy-E's cousin was shot and killed and he decided to try the hip hop scene in Los Angeles. In the mid-1980s he began to record songs in a home studio. Eazy-E went into business with Jerry Heller and started Ruthless Records. Eazy-E joined Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube to create NWA.
Interesting Eazy-E Facts:
It is estimated that by the time Eazy-E was 22 he had already earned over a quarter million dollars selling drugs.
Eazy-E did not come from a bad home. His father was a postal worker and his mother was a school administrator.
The debut single from NWA was Panic Zone.
The most controversial album released by Eazy-E and NWA was called Straight Outta Compton. A movie was made about the members of NWA titled Straight Outta Compton.
Straight Outta Compton was so popular it earned double platinum sales. This album contained the highly controversial track F*** the Police, which spawned legal issues when performing on the road. The FBI sent a warning letter to the group advising them of the trouble it could start if they continued to play it live.
Eazy-E and NWA were seen as major influences in the gangsta rap scene. The lyrics were violent and misogynistic.
Ice Cube left NWA three years after the group formed due to a disagreement with Eazy-E over money matters.
NWA began to attack Ice Cube as a result of his leaving the group, which resulted in a rift as Ice Cube went solo.
Dr. Dre also left NWA over financial issues with Ruthless Records and Eazy-E.
Comedians, contemporary rappers, and 70s funk groups were Eazy-E's main influences.
Eazy-E married Tomica Woods in 1995. They met in 1991 and had a son and a daughter together.
Eazy-E was invited to the White house in 1991 by George Bush.
In 1995 Eazy-E was admitted to hospital for suspected asthma and related symptoms such as a cough that persisted, but instead he was diagnosed with AIDS. He made a public statement about his illness on March 16, 1995.
One month after being diagnosed with AIDS Eazy-E died of complications of AIDS. He was 30 years old when he died.
Some people believed that Eazy-E was 31 due to a false birth record. He was 30 when he died.
Eazy-E's daughter with Tomica Woods was born six months after he died.
Eazy-E had five additional children, each with five different women. His child support payments each month were estimated to be $50,000.
Tomica Woods took over Ruthless Records after Eazy-E died.
Eazy-E's funeral was attended by approximately 3,000 people, believed to be mostly fellow rappers.
Eazy-E's coffin was golden much like the bling rappers often wear.

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