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Eazy E and Dr. Dre: Collaborators and Rivals By: Eliana Lehrman, Jessica Thorla-Mitchell, Simon Vierstra

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Eazy E and Dr. Dre: Collaborators and Rivals By: Eliana Lehrman, Jessica Thorla-Mitchell, Simon Vierstra

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Eazy E was born Eric Lynn Wright in 1965 in Compton, California. After dropping out of school in the tenth grade, Wright began to record music in his parents’ garage. He then began selling drugs to finance his music career. He used this money to start his own

music production company, RuthlessRecords.

Dr. Dre, born Andre Rommel was also born in Compton in 1965. He began his music career as a member of the rap group, the World Class Wreckin’ Cru.

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Eazy E sought out Dr. Dre to sign with his new label, RuthlessRecords. Together they formed

the group NWA (Niggaz Wit Attitude). They added several more members including:

Ice Cube MC Yella MC Ren Arabian Prince

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NWA’s first release “Straight Outta Compton” gained national notoriety with its first single, “Fuck Tha Police.” The songs discussed drugs, violence (towards women and others), sex, urban life and gangs. Because of its

explicit lyrics, the FBI and concerned parent groups actually

designed the “Parental Advisory” label. The album, however was hugely

popular and, eventually went double platinum.

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NWA went on to produce the album “Niggaz For Life”, another very popular release that gained national attention.”

With these albums, NWA created what was to become known as “gangsta rap;” a style that has been duplicated by many.


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Ice Cube, because he wrote most of the songs, felt he

deserved a bigger share of the profits, so he left the group.

Soon Dr. Dre discovered that Eazy E and his partner were

keeping most of the profits, so he left, too. Because of this dispute, the two formed a

formidable rivalry.

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Dre signed with Death Row Records. His first release, “The Chronic” features the

song “Fuck wit Dre Day.” The video for the song features a money grubbing character

named “Sleazy E.”

Eazy E retaliated with several songs on his album, “It’s on

(Dr. Dre)” which insulted Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and

several other artists.

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In “Fuck Wit Dre Day,” Dr. Dre sent a message to the man who cheated him. Eazy E responded with several songs on his next album, which calls out Dr. Dre, Death Row Records, Dre’s protege Snoop Doggy Dogg and others. The rivalry escalated afterwards with different

rappers lyrically taunting each. As the feud continued, many thought that each was using the feud to promote their careers while others were getting kicks and giggles from the verbal bashing

between the two. In reality, the the songs produced were very popular.

The rivalry between Eazy E and Dr. Dre came to an end on March 26th, 1995 when Eazy E died from complications due to AIDS. Dr. Dre visited him at his bedside.

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Eazy E, Dr, Dre, Ice Cube and the others came together to make the kind of music that reflected their lives, their language, their culture and their attitudes. NWA was the first rap group of its kind to make music that urban/ghetto youthcould identify with and appreciate. Although laced with profanity and violence,

the music spoke to a culture permeated with drugs, violence and poverty.NWA were also the pioneers of the sub-genre, “gangsta rap” that has permeated

rap culture ever since and inspired artists like Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, NAS and many others; their influence can still be seen today in artists like Chief Keef and Juicy J.

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Believe it or not the story of NWA isn’t quite over. In 2009, New Line Cinema teamed up with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre to produce the film,

“Straight Outta Compton” which chronicles the lives of NWA’s members. Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. will be portraying his father.

Filming began on location in Compton California on August 25th of this year.

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Mitchell, Gail. "Ruthless Records." Billboard 120.32 (2008): 30-34. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 Oct. 2014.

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Images cited1st slide: “Dr. Dre vs Eazy E.”

http://www.sosoactive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/dreeazye.jpg2nd slide: Eazy E photo.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41H%2BPGLxQNL._SL290_.jpgDr. Dre photo. http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ko/kob16fbni71nzfab.jpg

3rd slide: Ice Cube photo.http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/1326192631_icecube.jpgMC Ren photo.http://www.mtv.com/news/photos/e/eminem_rappers_mmlp2_110813/crops/mc-ren.jpgArabianPrince photo. http://westcoastpioneers.com/typo3temp/pics/arabian_prince_black_handsome_new_5f60f550b1.jpgMC Yella photo. http://cdn.hiphopdx.com//images/news/DJ%20Yella_03-05-2014.jpgMc Ren http://www.mtv.com/news/photos/e/eminem_rappers_mmlp2_110813/crops/mc-ren.jpg

4th slide: “Straight Outta Compton.”http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/1368396549_nwa-straight-outta-compton.jpeg“Fuck Tha Police” image.http://i1.sndcdn.com/artworks-000003658139-mnxs6a-original.jpg?b17253e

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Images continued5th slide: NWA group photo.

http://www.everythingcollectible.com/images/products/14984.jpgParental advisory image.http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2010/10/29/parental-advisory_custom-d61ea6192ebc478d3a7ff147dbbe3e884ebcb5ac.jpgDouble platinum photo. http://www.everythingcollectible.com/images/products/14984.jpg5th slide: NWA group photo.http://www.everythingcollectible.com/images/products/14984.jpg

6th slide: “Niggaz for Life” image. http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/NWA-Niggaz4life-Frontal.jpg

7th slide: “The Chronic” image. http://cpsstatic.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0001/621/MI0001621078.jpg?partner=allrovi.com“It’s on Dr. Dre” imagehttp://www.melodyspot.com/uploads/classics/Eazy_E__Its_On_(Dr._Dre)_187um_Killa_Album_Download_.jpeg

8th slide: Eazy E death notice: http://www.buymixtapes.com/members/images/eazylifeafterdeath.thumb.gifGravestone photo. http://www.westlord.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Eazy-E-Grave.jpg

9th slide: NWA group photo. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1a/Straight-outta-compton-nwa-movie.jpg

10th slide: “Straight Outta Compton Cast” photo.https://latricebutts.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/inf-3610.jpg