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7/25/2005

 
COMMEMORATING THE 41ST ANNIVERSARY OF LATE RAP ICON EAZY-E'S

SEPTEMBER 7 BIRTHDAY, CAPITOL/PRIORITY RECORDS TO RELEASE 'ETERNAL E: GANGSTA MEMORIAL EDITION' CD/DVD

Expanded Collection Features 16 Eazy-E Songs, Seven Videos Starring Eazy-E And The Previously Unreleased "A Lil' Eazier Said" Single From Eazy-E's Son, LIL' E

IN STORES: SEPTEMBER 6, 2005

July 22, 2005: Hollywood, CA:

On September 6, Capitol/Priority Records will commemorate the 41st anniversary of Eazy-E's September 7, 1964 birth and the tenth anniversary of the rap icon's 1995 death by releasing Eazy-E - 'Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition', a deluxe CD/DVD package. The expanded set includes 16 Eazy-E songs, seven music videos starring Eazy-E and the previously unreleased song "A Lil' Eazier Said" from Eazy-E's son, the 21 year old emerging rap artist, LIL' E. The DVD also includes three HIV/AIDS Public Service Announcements. At the age of 31, Eazy-E died on March 26, 1995 due to AIDS-related causes.

Eazy-E was born Eric Wright on September 7, 1964. He rocketed 'Straight Outta Compton' to gangsta superstardom with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and Yella in N.W.A Eazy-E became one of rap's most important figures by paving the way for the rap businessman. The Compton rapper-executive took the then-revolutionary step of launching his own Ruthless Records in the mid-1980s and helped to popularize gangster rap with his solo recordings and as a member of N.W.A, the controversial rap super group.

"He started the whole gangster rap era," says LIL' E, Eazy-E's son. LIL' E's "A Lil' Eazier Said," a previously unreleased update of Eazy-E's classic "Eazy-er Said Than Dunn" single, is included on Eazy-E - 'Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition'. "There wouldn't be nothing - not 2Pac, not Biggie, not 50 Cent, not Dr. Dre, not Eminem - if it wasn't for my father," LIL' E continues. "He started it. He's the Godfather of gangster rap."

In addition to LIL' E's new track on the new 'Eternal E' package, the set's DVD includes three Rap-It-Up Public Service Announcements, produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and BET. The PSAs are designed to foster HIV/AIDS awareness through celebrating Eazy-E, a rap legend who fell victim to the epidemic.

In a March 2005 article paying tribute to Eazy-E and his musical legacy, the Los Angeles Times called Eazy-E's 'Eazy-Duz-It' and N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton' "landmark albums" and continued, "These albums established Eazy-E, from the then-little known suburb of Compton, as a major player in the rap industry." 'Straight Outta Compton' also earned the ranking of #144 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" and was ranked #10 in Spin magazine's July 2005 tally of the "100 Greatest Albums 1985-2005."

Eazy-E - 'Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition' is the most complete tribute available for one of rap's most significant figures.

"This album keeps his legacy pushing and keeps his name out there," LIL' E says.

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For more information on Eazy-E - 'Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition',
contact Betsy Bolte at 818-508-9296 or bb@betsybolte.com

Tracklist for 'Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition':

CD DVD
1. Boyz-N-The Hood (remix) 1. We Want Eazy
2. 8 Ball (remix) 2. Only If You Want It
3. Eazy-Duz-It 3. Eazy-er Said Than Dunn
4. Eazy-er Said Than Dunn 4. 100 Miles & Runnin'
5. No More ?'s 5. Neighborhood Sniper
6. We Want Eazy 6. Straight Outta Compton
7. Nobody Move 7. Appetite For Destruction
8. Radio *** + 3 Rap-It-Up HIV/AIDS Public Service Announcements
9. Only if You Want it
10. Neighborhood Sniper
11. I'd Rather F*** You
12. Automobile
13. Niggaz My Height Don't Fight
14. Eazy Street
15. Real Muthaphukkin G's
16. Ole School S***
17. A LIL' Eazier Said, featuring LIL' E (previously unreleased)




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