While rap got its early beginnings out on the East Coast, West Coast rap burst onto the scene in the late ’80s. Eazy-E of N.W.A. (real name Eric Wright) was integral in fostering this growth of the industry in California. He was an absolute genius lyrically. Along the same lines, Eazy-E wasn’t afraid to grapple with social-economic, racial, and political issues within his work. To this day, Eazy-E remains as an immensely influential artist. In 1995, Wright died due to complications stemming from living with AIDS. He was 30 years of age.
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