American rapper (1964–1995)

Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995), known professionally as Eazy-E, was an American rapper. He was born in Compton, California. He rose to fame with the hip hop group N.W.A and is one of the founders of the "Gangsta rap" subgenre. He usually rapped about guns, drugs, relations between residents and the police, and sexual activity. He was known as the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap".[2]

Eazy-E in 1993
Eric Lynn Wright

(1964-09-07)September 7, 1964
DiedMarch 26, 1995(1995-03-26) (aged 30)
Burial placeRose Hills Memorial Park
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • entrepreneur
Tomica Woods
(m. 1995)
Children11, including Lil Eazy-E
Musical career
Years active1987–1995[1]
Formerly ofN.W.A

In 1987, he founded Ruthless Records.[3]

Illness and death


In 1994, Eazy-E believed he had asthma, until he learned he had HIV/AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). It led to his death on March 26, 1995.[4][5]

He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.[6]



During his career, Eazy-E released 2 studio albums and 3 EPs:

Year Album
1988 Eazy-Duz-It
1995 Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton*
Year EP
1992 5150: Home 4 tha Sick
1993 It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa
2002 Impact of a Legend*

(*) albums or EPs were released posthumously (after death)


  1. "Lonzo Williams: Dre & Eazy Were Supposes to Co-Own Ruthless Records". DJVlad. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  2. The Black Dot (2005). Hip Hop Decoded: From Its Ancient Origin to Its Modern Day Matrix. MOME Publishing. p. 100. ISBN 0-9772357-0-X.
  3. "Eazy-E Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  4. "Eazy-E's Death". Archived from the original on May 15, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  5. "Rap Singer Eazy-E Dies of AIDS at 31: Music Founder of Ruthless Records helped popularize the 'gangsta' style with the group N.W.A. and later became a top-selling solo artist".
  6. "Eric "Eazy-E" Wright (1964-1995) - Find A Grave Memorial". Find a Grave.

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