Some call 2pac the greatest rapper of all time, for others it’s Biggie, Eminem, JayZ, and for still others it’s even artists who have stayed underground. However, it is Eazy E who is considered the godfather of gangsta rap. He was a record producer, rapper, and entrepreneur who first became famous as a member of N.W.A., a group whose former members included people like Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
The world will continue to know him as Eazy E, but as Eric Lynn Wright, the rapper was born in Compton, California, on September 7, 1964, the son of a postal clerk’s father, Richard Wright, and a primary school administrator, Katie Wright.
The rapper, who would later become known for his fame, also grew up in Campton, a suburb known for its crime and violence. While he was in school, he soon dropped out in 10th grade and became involved in drug dealing. His close friends later revealed that although they knew he was selling marijuana, he was not involved in drugs like cocaine.
To escape the life of crime, he opted for rap music, which he thought was less risky and more lucrative than drug dealing. Eventually, together with Jerry Heller, he founded the label Ruthless Records, under which he released his first album Eazy Does It.
Soon after, he formed the group Niggaz Wit Attitudes (N.W.A.), which later made gangsta rap popular. N.W.A. had Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren as their former members at various times. The group then released two albums, Straight Outta Compton (1988) and Niggaz4Life (1991). There was also N.W.A. and the 1987 album Posse.
His next album Str8 off tha Streetz by Muthaphukkin Compton was released in 1996. His extended tracks are 5150: Home 4 tha Sick (1992), It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa (1993), and Impact of a Legend (2002).
Who are Eazy E’s Wife and Children?
Before he died in 1995, Eazy E married Tomica Woods, whom he met in 1991. Although she did not know who he was when she first met him, their paths crossed again and again, and soon they began to meet.
Tomica Wright, born in 1969, has been responsible for Ruthless Records since the death of her late husband. The label she restructured and fought so hard to keep is one of the most famous hip-hop records that has produced star groups such as Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony and the Black Eyed Peas.
Eazy E has 11 children. With Tomica Wright, he has twin children, Dominick and Daijah Nakia, who was born 6 months after their father’s death.
The other children of the N.W.A. star are Eric Darnell Wright Jr. who is popular as Lil Eazy-E, Erin Bria Wright who was born to him by Tracy Jarnagin, Marquise Wright (Yung Eazy), Baby Eazy-E, Raven Wright who was not in the spotlight, Elijah Wright and David Wright. The other three are not known.
How Did He Die
The death of most stars is never without one conspiracy theory or another, and the case of Eazy E is no different. Although the cause of death has been officially registered as AIDS, many believe that much remained unsaid. Eazy E announced on March 16, 1995, that he had contracted the disease, and on March 26, 1995, he died of it.
The question was how he could have died of AIDS only one month after the announcement that he had been infected. However, few people knew that he had been struggling with the alleged asthma since the beginning of 1994.
Many others who believed that he actually died of the disease believe that the godfather of Gangsta Rap probably did not contract the disease through sex. The rapper’s son, Yung Eazy, believes that his father was killed by Suge Knight.
Jerry Heller, the manager of N.W.A., also believes that Suge Knight Eazy may have infected Eazy E by injecting him with infected blood from someone who had the disease. For this reason, he said that one of his greatest regrets in life was to have prevented the late rapper from killing Suge Knight when he confided in him that he wanted to take him out.
But the main question that many keep asking themselves is how someone with the kind of wealth that Eazy E controlled could die of AIDS that could be dealt with. After his death, Eazy E was buried in Whittier, California on April 7, 1995, with more than 3,000 people attending the funeral.
According to his son, the godfather of Gangsta Rap had net assets of $50 million before his death. Among other assets he had, his music label Ruthless Records is said to have been worth nearly $15 million before the rapper’s death.