The Godfather of Gangsta Rap, Eazy-E came straight off the streets of Compton and co-founded Ruthless Records, signing the likes of now West Coast royalty Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and forming N.W.A., one of the most controversial rap groups of all time. Together they went on to sell more than 10 million albums even though they were pulled from radio. When he was diagnosed with AIDS, his story helped to spread awareness of the disease. He died at age 31 in 1995.
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