In Hip Hop History Today “Eazy-E was born” September 7, 1963
Eric Lynn Wright born September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995 better known by his stage name Eazy-E. He was a rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called “The Godfather of Gangsta rap”. He 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”, Dr. 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. 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. Listen to Straight Outta Compton above.