Eternal E [Bonus Tracks]

Eternal E [Bonus Tracks]

by Eazy-E

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Eazy-E enjoyed only a brief recording career, but the few albums and EPs he did release -- on his own as well as with his group, N.W.A -- were tremendously influential, setting the stage for the proliferation of West Coast gangsta rap in the early '90s. Showcasing some of the pioneering gangsta's most influential recordings, Eternal E serves as a summary of Eazy's solo highlights, including a couple N.W.A songs but only ones that were solo showcases. You get the standout songs from Eazy's debut album, Eazy-Duz-It (1988), as well as the bulk of his follow-up EP, 5150 Home 4 tha Sick (1992). But Eternal E stops there, unfortunately not including anything from the first-rate It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa EP or the third-rate Str8 off tha Streetz album. (Eazy's label, Ruthless, left its parent label, Priority, at this point, and Eternal E is a Priority release, meaning that post-Priority recordings such as those on It's On would have to be licensed for inclusion here -- a price the label seems unwilling to pay.) Even if Eternal E doesn't round up a full career retrospective, it does feature Eazy's key songs, namely his earliest ones, which boasted cutting-edge production work by Dr. Dre. So this best-of does serve its purpose fairly well, and might be the only Eazy album you'll need. Still, if it's one and only one Eazy album you want, you'd be better off with Priority's Eazy-Duz-It reissue from 2002, which includes that entire album plus the entire 5150 EP appended as bonus tracks -- giving you mostly everything here and much more. Either way though, you're getting a good portrait of Eazy's best solo music, with the exception of the It's On EP, which you'll definitely want to hear if you're a fan. [In 2005 Priority issued a Gangsta Memorial Edition that goes a long way toward making Eternal E definitive. Like the 2003 reissue, this edition adds a song each from It's On and Str8 (a move that is still cheap and still leaves more to be desired, but is better than nothing).]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2003
Label: Priority Records
UPC: 0724353949525
catalogNumber: 39495
Rank: 21330

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eazy-E   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Eazy-E   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Ice Cube   Composer
Naughty by Nature   Producer
Nick Drake   Composer
Maceo Parker   Composer
Bobcat   Composer
MC Ren   Composer
Dr. Dre   Composer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
Vernon Brown   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper   Composer
Anthony Criss   Composer
Bobby Ervin   Producer
Kay Gee   Composer
L. Johnson   Composer
Rhythm D.   Producer
Mike Smooth   Composer
Donovan Sound   Engineer
Yella   Producer
Kokane   Composer
Cold 187um   Composer,Producer
Mark Copeland   Executive Producer
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Barrie Smithers   Producer
Shannon Ward   Producer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Jose Legaspi   Producer
Lynette M. Jones   Liner Notes
Lorenzo Patterson   Composer

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