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Eazy-E

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Album Review

Released a year after his previous EP (5150 Home 4 tha Sick, 1992) and a long five years since his one and only album to date (Eazy-Duz-It, 1988), It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa was both a stopgap release for Eazy-E and a response to the runaway success of Dr. Dre's The Chronic (1992). Eazy had been lambasted on that Dr. Dre album (and especially in the "Dre Day" video), so it's no surprise that he returns the favor here on "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" and "It's On," dissing not only Dre but also Snoop Doggy Dogg. This ugly, mudslinging conflict aside, Eazy truly shines on these eight songs. Granted, eight songs isn't a lot of music, especially since one of the eight is only a minute-long intro and another is yet another remake of "Boyz-in-the Hood" (and too because Eazy had been so AWOL in previous years — five years and still no follow-up album to Eazy-Duz-It!?!). On the little bit of music that is here, however, Eazy proves that he's still one of the best gangsta rappers out there in the early '90s. Sure, he's not an especially gifted MC, and he's not nearly as witty or perversely humorous as he had been previously on Eazy-Duz-It, either, but he has such a singular style and such attitude, he stands out amid the innumerable other gangstas out there at the time. And to elaborate upon his attitude, Eazy seems downright bitter here. The success of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube outside of N.W.A, not to mention the dissolution of that group, seems to have really upset him. So in a way, It's On feels cathartic, as if Eazy were venting all his frustrations. It results in a sharp group of songs: there are the Dre disses, of course, but also the murder fantasy of "Any Last Werdz," the f*ck-the-world nihilism of "Still a N***a," the sexist porno-dance of "Gimmie That Nutt," and the smoke-out of "Down 2 tha Last Roach." In other words, pretty much what you'd expect from Eazy. Yet there's an underlying current of irony here that makes It's On all the more poignant in retrospect. For one, Eazy may be dissing Dre to the extreme here, but pretty much all of the production work is straight from the Chronic playbook — textbook G-funk, to the point it seems almost parodic. And secondly, the heedless promotion of sexism here is downright haunting in the aftermath of Eazy's subsequent death from AIDS complications little more than a year later. So while on the surface It's On may seem like a simple stopgap EP, it's so much more, shedding light on what came of Eazy following his 15 minutes of fame with Eazy-Duz-It.

Customer Reviews

Eazy-E - It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa

This is a 1993 EP from Eazy-E, released in the wake of Dr. Dre's departure from Ruthless, as well as the discovering of Snoop Doggy Dogg and his first solo album, The Chronic. He takes many shots at Dre, and some at Snoop, in this EP, most notably on "Real Compton City G's," aka "Real Muthaphuckkin G's," with proteges of his own, B.G. Knocc Out and Dresta, as well as "It's On" and "Any Last Werdz." He also flips it and gives us one of his more entertaining freaky tales on "Gimmie That Nutt," which is as catchy as it is humorous, and then covers his song "Boyz N Tha Hood" and turns it into a G-Mix, with a G-funk beat, as he did on some other songs. Ironically, this style was popularized by Dr. Dre on The Chronic. He closes with "Down 2 Tha Last Roach," a song about getting high. It goes for nearly 8 minutes, but it works. All in all, this is a good EP, but I think Dr. Dre killed him on "Dre Day" and that this would be better if it was a full length album.

better den Dr. Dre

I Like Dr. Dre but Eazy iz alot better den him w.o Eazy Gangsta Rap probably never exist Eazy-E iz da Godfather of Gangsta Rap R.I.P. Eazy

By far the best REAL rap album of all time

This album signifies everything that Rap music stood for and was created out of. After Dre and Snoop tried to diss eazy on The Chronic (Dre Day) Eazy came back with a complete album tellin them what was up (check out the scratchin on It's On). Eazy is the real godfather of rap music (not snoop). Eazy broke the mold and made it possible for all the west coast rappers. Don't get me wrong I love Dre, but it was eazy that made it possible.

Biography

Born: September 7, 1964 in Compton, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Whether as a member of N.W.A., a solo act, or a label head, Eazy-E was one of the most controversial figures in gangsta rap. While his technical skills as a rapper were never the greatest, his distinctive delivery (invariably described as a high-pitched whine), over-the-top lyrics, and undeniable charisma made him a star. Following N.W.A.'s breakup, E's street credibility took a major beating, though...
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