Due in part to his work with the late Eazy-E, West Coast beatsmith Rhythm D provided some insight into the happenings at both Death Row Records and Ruthless Records years ago, during his interview on the Murder Master Music Show.
While speaking on Eazy and Death Row Records, Rhythm D revealed that the now defunct record label wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for Eazy-E.
“It wouldn’t had been a Death Row if it wasn’t for Eazy-E,” Rhythm D said. “If it wasn’t for him, it wouldn’t be a Death Row. A lot of artists there that started their careers came in via Ruthless. I’m one of the people that saw everything pop. Nobody handed me anything on a silver platter. I kind of got in based on my talent…One of my first times on wax was on the Deep Cover soundtrack. I did a song called ‘Down With My Nigga’ with DJ Unknown. And it was [by] a rapper that Suge had me produce [for], named Paradise.”
Later in the interview, Rhythm D recalled meeting Eazy-E at the age of 21 or 22, when he was an up-and-coming producer. He revealed that shortly after meeting the Compton, California lyricist, he was invited to his home.
According to the musician, during his visit to Eazy E’s home, the rapper was so impressed by his beats that he declared, “You rollin’ with Ruthless.”
“I was working on Paperboy’s album and we were in the studio,” the producer said. “And I actually—I surprised all the dudes that Paperboy was signed to because they had no clue that I was cool with Eazy-E. So, I had him come up to the studio so I could play him some of the tracks and some of the music that we were over there at Death Row making, so he would kind of be one step ahead of the game in knowing how they were gonna diss him. So, Eazy comes in. He walks in the door. I take him to the back of the studio and I just start playing him a bunch of G-Funk and all types of the [enhanced] songs. And he wasn’t really feeling them…He was like ‘Well, why don’t you roll out to my house in Norwalk?’
“I met him out there in his crib in Norwalk,” he added. “Went in there and it just seemed like everything was kind of [dead] musically over there. Without a producer and somebody to arrange the music and see what’s really talented and what’s not talented to make your brand. Ruthless was kinda losing a little bit. Production-wise, it was like there weren’t really any hits…I put one of the discs in and I played one beat. And Eazy went nuts. He went crazy off this beat…He pulled a few stacks out of his sock and was like ‘Rhythm, you rollin’ with Ruthless.’”
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