Throwback Thursday Revisits Eazy-E's "Real Muthaphuckkin' G's”

After his untimely death in 1995, Eazy-E's diss track directed at Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg enjoyed an extended life as a cult classic of sorts.

As cliché as it sounds, time does indeed heal most wounds. In 1993, at the height of a rather intense feud with his former group member Dr. Dre, N.W.A. co-founder Eazy-E dropped “Real Muthaphuckkin’ G’s.” Despite peaking at the number 42 spot and remaining on Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100” chart for nine weeks, most agreed that the diss track which became a posthumous cult classic wasn’t Eazy-E’s best work.

“Basically it’s talking about [Dr.] Dre for hollering that he’s a real Compton city G,” Eazy explained at an impromptu interview during the “Real Compton City G’s” video shoot. “He’s from the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, but he got the whole world fooled like he some hardcore gangster from the streets. But he ain’t never stomped on no Compton concrete.”

And there was the dilemma. Because at the time, regardless of what anyone claimed about either Snoop or Dr. Dre’s background, both of them were finding a way to sell astonishing amounts of albums to the same young adults whose parents were either scared of or disgusted by what they called “Gangsta Rap.” A potent mix of humor, raw delivery and production that was unparalleled at the time pushed Dre and Snoop to commercial heights that dwarfed Eazy’s sales.

So, with “Real Muthaphuckkin’ G’s,” Eazy struck back using the most popular strategy (and catch phrase) of the 90’s…“keeping it real.” He enlisted some real, motherfucking, Compton gangsters to rhyme with him. Dresta, who also appeared on the track, would state during a nationally televised NBC interview that he laid his vocals down no less than eight months after getting out of prison. They may have never earned the commercial success or fame of Dre and Ice Cube, but B.G. Knocc Out and Dresta fit Eazy’s requirements of having previously stomped on Compton concrete and a few heads to boot.

As Eazy-E’s solo career waned, he remained a successful executive and discovered Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as well as a young artist named Will 1X, who would later rechristen himself as will.i.am. Eazy died in 1995 due to complications from AIDS, and in what became a bitter-sweet ending for N.W.A. fans, estranged group members made peace with him. The diss tracks like “Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)” and “Real Muthaphuckkin’ G’s” essentially became smaller blips in legendary careers. Nowadays these songs and their hilarious video counterparts are more like markers in time and/or cult classics for some. A majority of West Coast-based artists—including the uber commercial Black Eyed Peas—have ties to someone in the N.W.A. family tree. And even one-time rivals like Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound are quick to give it up and recognize the contributions of the late Eric “Eazy-E” Wright.

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24 Comments

  • Gutter boy

    Snoop ain't no 20 crip neither ... his big brother yeah maybe , but snoop hasn't set foot on the east side since he was a young buck nor did he ever run with the Twinkies ... & Dre , well that album cover says it all , straight lame ... can't people hear the difference between say snoop&dre vs nipsey hussle ? Now that's real west coast gangsta rap . Nipsey AKA young thunder cat , a real fool from neighborhood 60 crip . Oh n don't let me forget to mention KURUPT . Real gangsta from the 60s as well but no longer allowed to show his face in their neighborhood ...

  • Anonymous

    This was the dopest response diss track at the time. Being from Cali, everyone in the hood was bumping The Chronic album. I remember Dre and Snoop being my hero after "Dre day." THEN, Eazy came through and shitted on them with this one. Ha ha. I was in shock... Of course I was a kid then but I remember running over to all my freinds and asking them if they heard that new Eazy joint... Good times...

  • John-Boy

    They just don't make em like this anymore. Its sad the type of people that represent hiphop these days. The mind state was completely different back then. You would have never heard Eazy-Z putting out an R&B or Rock album and you would have been a laughing stock for even considering it. Mohawks? Skinny jeans? Blond hair strips? Repeated dance tracks? You would have gotten yo ass whooped back then and you would have never gotten any airplay. Then they wonder why everyone is turning homo. Look at todays male rap figures. A bunch closet faggots. RIP Eazy.

  • Evan Nielson

    They just don't do it like this anymore. A damn shame. RIP Eazy-E.

  • stalky

    EazyE.org the legacy lives on!

  • Anonymous

    murdered Dre and Snoop swiftly with this track

  • Bob Banda

    mutha fukk dre mutha fukk snoop mutha fukk death rowwww and yo hear come s my left blow, ........man that was hot, i also like this line, 'everyday its a new rapper claiming to be doper than the dresta, softer than a bitch but potray the role of gangsta, i won't front front, fukkd with deathrow back then but this track was pure heat

  • Don Whyte

    Fucking classic tune, simple!!!!!!!!

  • um...

    eazy nor dre wrote their own lyrics sooo...

  • E

    OVER 5 MIL SOLD, what poor sales???this guy don't know shit. dr. dre is EAZY E's son

  • Big Log

    Man got this track and the album its a much have for sure, Yo for all the nigga so clim the rich here a little line for you'll take note, Easy E said Dre day only mean Easy paid day, this nigga had shit so lock that all the stuff dre and the rest of them was kicking he was getting paid off that.

  • NastyNas4Life

    Hey Yo doctor, here's another proper track and it's phat, watch the sniper, time to pay the piper!

  • Archie Archibald

    hiphopbaby76 i 'member this track i had the cd as well. don't step 2 real mutherfuckin g's....eazy e is the WESTCOAST LEGEND

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    this an boyz n da hood remix

  • j

    All you pipsqueaks listen up THIS IS A MOTHERFUCKIN' CLASSIC

  • givemeabeat

    Eazy did a lot in a short time he underground but if you listen hes got a badass voice and style Not to mention he was a owner, ceo, and rapper so whats the probelm that he got paid more than his fat bitch dre.

  • big dog

    This is one of the top 5 diss track ever

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