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Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995), better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and inthe 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 artists Dr. Dre and IceCube 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, then disbandedafter Eazy signed Dr. Dre off of his contract.

Eazy's main influences included 1970s funk groups, contemporary rappers, and comedians. Whenreviewing Eazy's albums, many critics noted his unique overall style, with Steve Huey of the All Music Guide summing up: "While his technical skillsas a rapper were never the greatest, his distinctive delivery (invariably described as a high-pitched whine), over-the-top lyrics, and undeniablecharisma made him a star."[4] On February 24, 1995, Eazy was admitted into Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with what he believed to beasthma, but was instead diagnosed with AIDS. On March 16, he acknowledged his condition publicly, and died due to complications ten days later.
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