He was and still is a rap superstar. Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, who passed away 17 years ago today , was blessed with the charisma and smarts to become a major player in the music industry. Yet, as much as he’s beloved, Eazy is often more remembered for his shining personality than his recorded material. The single “Boyz-N-the-Hood” and his first solo album, Eazy-Duz-It , are of course his most recognized works. But even this classic era featured lesser known gems, including Eazy’s guest verse on the Penthouse Players Clique posse cut, “Trust No Bitch” . Post N.W.A break-up, it very much felt like fans were forced to take sides. More listeners might have rode with Dre and/or Cube, but the hardcore Eazy fans proved without a shadow of a doubt to be some of the most loyal followers the game has ever seen. For them, every one of his songs was something to behold, cuts like “Gangsta Beat 4 Tha Street” and “Cock the 9.” However, to the greater majority E’s later recordings were often unfairly overlooked. Now’s the chance to revisit and celebrate some of these slept-on creations.
PEEP 5 OF EAZY-E’S LESSER KNOWN BUT BANGIN’ SONGS AFTER THE JUMP…
Eazy-E & Ron-De-Vu — “Fat Girl” (Ruthless, 1987)
Back in the late ’80s, chances are that if you possessed the N.W.A and the Posse compilation, you had cuts like “Dopeman” and “8 Ball” stuck on repeat. The un-P.C. “Fat Girl,” which first appeared on the “The Boyz-N-The Hood” 12″, was, as strange as it might sound, Eazy-E at his most innocent, a raw, funny throwback to school yard taunts (“she had more Chins than a Chinese phone book”), beatboxin’ and bangin’ on lunchroom tables. Lines like, “When she said that she loved me, I was in shock / Oh my God, I got a fat girl on my jock” might be kinda mean, but that nasally, devilish voice makes it work.
Eazy-E — “Still Talkin’ (Remix)” (Ruthless, 1988)
Before sample clearances stunted the growth of rap production, geniuses like Dr. Dre had free reign to create some jaw-droppin’ fun. All official N.W.A recordings were pure quality and remixes were no different. You just didn’t listen to Dre songs, you experienced them. Here, E is on an alternate version of Eazy-Duz-It ‘s first track with Ice Cube’s old geezer ad-libs adding a lot.
Eazy-E — “Eazy Street” (Capitol Records, 1990)
Another Dr. Dre prodution, this one originally appearing on The Return of Superfly soundtrack and later released on the Eternal E. greatest hits album. The use of the Kid Dynamite sample (familiar to fans of also Just-Ice’s “Going Way Back”) and E’s uncontrollable scatting near song’s end are particularly enjoyable.
Eazy-E — “Gimme That Nutt” (Ruthless, 1993)
Pure Eazy-E — vulgar, shocking, hilarious.
Eazy-E — “Sorry Louie” (Ruthless, 1995)
Starting with a creepy voicemail from a psycho (taken from an obscure 1986 TV movie called Apology ), this is an unabashed ode to the ultraviolence via baseball bat mayhem comin’ at ya like the Baseball Furies. This one gets the J-Zone co-sign too, so you you know it’s official.