Eazy-E – “Eazy-Duz-It” review

Not too long after the release of N.W.A’s game-changing debut Straight Outta Compton, we then got the very 1st solo effort from the group & it’s coming from one of the group’s founding members as well as Ruthless Records co-founder Eazy-E. Just like the group’s debut, Eazy’s N.W.A cohorts Dr. Dre & DJ Yella produced the album in it’s entirety while MC Ren & Ice Cube along with former Fila Fresh Crew member The D.O.C. wrote Eazy’s verses. I know some people tend to get all imperialist over the fact that Eazy didn’t write most of his rhymes but on here, the rhymes that were written for him are at their best & Eazy’s personality really brings these well written verses to life when he delivers them. Examples include the HILARIOUSLY vulgar & sexual opener “Still Talkin'”, the well laid-out robbery tale on “Nobody Move”, the gangsta life detailed “Boyz-n-the-Hood”, the vulgar free radio song “Eazy-er Said Than Dunn” & the whole interview concept of “No More ?’s”. The only real guest verses come from MC Ren on “2 Hard Mutha’s” & he even gets a whole track to himself on “Ruthless Villain” which is cool, but I’d prefer hearing it on a Ren album rather than hearing it on this album. Honestly, if there were a little bit more but not too many actual guest verses on here it would be perfect for me. Like I can just imagine Eazy getting his whole group on “No More ?’s” or maybe a verse from The D.O.C. on “Radio” or even a verse written for Dre on “I’mma Break It Down”. A verse from Ice Cube would be cool too but the problem is; I just don’t know what track I can imagine hearing it on. The beats on here too are hands down THE best set of beats that were EVER laid onto an Eazy solo effort as they sound really refreshing & funky every single time I hear one of them. If you ask me, it really is a shame that we never got to hear Eazy over Dre production on any of his solo efforts after this album, because I think he truly sounds at home over them. Don’t get me wrong I think Yella’s sole production credits on It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa & Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin’ Compton are truly underrated, but I just think Dre had a key role in helping Eazy sound fantastic as I find it to be evident on this album. It wouldn’t really be the same for me on his following efforts with only a few exceptions on each project such as “Only If You Want It” off of 5150: Home 4 tha Sick, “Real Muthaphukkin’ G’s” off of It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa & “Just tah Let U Know” off of Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin’ Compton. None of Eazy’s later solo efforts would be on the same caliber as this, in my opinion. It’s not as perfect as Straight Outta Compton, but I still consider it to be a West Coast classic as well as his best solo effort

Score: 4.5/5

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