Ruthless Records

Ruthless Records, pronounced roofless records, is an imprint record label formed by Gangsta rapper Eazy-E with partner Jerry Heller in Eazy-E's home town of Compton, California in 1987. The label is credited with pioneering the gangsta rap genre of West Coast hip hop, and later, G-funk. The Cleveland based group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was given a chance by Eazy-E. They are also one of Ruthless's biggest artist they have signed and top-sellers. They even began the career of, in a group called Atban Klann.


Eazy-E's Foundation

With Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, Eazy-E formed the rap group N.W.A..

Other artists on the label included Above the Law, Penthouse Players Clique, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The D.O.C., Blood of Abraham, DJ DTM, Steffon, Young E, Kokane, Cold187um, B.G. Knocc Out, Gangsta Dresta, Brownside, Tairrie B, Frost, A.L.T., Dirty Red, Slow Pain, H.W.A., Laylaw, Mister D & Sleepy Malo, Leicy Loc, Menajahtwa, Black Eyed Peas formerly known back then as Atban Klann ("[[Grass Roots (Atban Klann album)]"] - 1992), Daddy X, DJ U-Neek, J.J. Fad and CJ Mac.

In 1995, Eazy-E was diagnosed with AIDS and died shortly thereafter. After his death, the label was taken over by his wife, Tomica Wright. Ruthless Records is now a division of Epic Records.

Following Eazy-E's Passing

The label has had several distributors simultaneously. Early Ruthless releases were distributed by Macola Records, but that deal was short lived and the rights reverted to Ruthless. All of N.W.A's releases and Eazy-E's first two solo releases on Ruthless were distributed by Priority Records, and the rights to these releases are now held by Priority's new owner, Capitol Records. Releases by The D.O.C., Michel'le, and JJ Fad were marketed through Atlantic Records or its subsidiary Atco Records. These master rights are still held by Atlantic's parent company, Warner Music Group, while Above The Law's releases were marketed through Epic Records. In the early 1990s, Ruthless found more exclusive distribution through Relativity Records, formerly a heavy metal label. Relativity was later folded into its parent company, Sony Music.


* N.W.A.N.W.A. and the Posse Gold 1988
* Eazy-EEazy-Duz-It 2x Multi-Platinum
* J. J. FadSupersonic Gold
* N.W.A.Straight Outta Compton 3x Platinum1989
* The D.O.C.No One Can Do It Better 3x Platinum
* Michel'leMichel'le Platinum 1990
* N.W.A.100 Miles and Runnin' Gold
* Above the LawLivin' Like Hustlers Platinum
* Tairrie BPower of a Woman 1991
* N.W.A.Efil4zaggin 2x Platinum
* Above the LawVocally Pimpin' Gold
* J. J. FadNot Just a Fad
* Jimmy ZMuzical Madness
* Who Am I?Addictive Hip Hop Muzick
* Yomo & MaulkieAre U Xperienced? 1992
* Eazy E5150: Home 4 tha Sick Gold
* MC RenKizz My Black Azz Platinum
* Above the Law – Black Mafia Life Platinum
* Penthouse Players CliquePaid the Cost Gold
* Po', Broke & Lonely? – No Money, No Honey 1993
* Eazy-E – It's on (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa 5x Multi-Platinum
* MC Ren – Shock of the Hour Platinum
* A.L.T.Stone Cold World 1994
* Bone Thugs-n-HarmonyCreepin On Ah Come Up 4x Platinum
* Above the Law – Uncle Sam's Curse Gold
* KokaneFunk Upon A Rhyme
* SteffonTrippin' Wit No Luggage
* H.W.A.Az Much Ass Azz U Want
* Blood of AbrahamFuture Profits
* MenajahtwaCha-Licious
* Atban KlannGrass Roots
* Pistol – Hittin' Like a Bullet 1995
* Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – E. 1999 Eternal Diamond (10x Platinum)
* Eazy-E – Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton 3x Platinum
* Eazy-E – Eternal E Gold
* FrostSmile Now, Die Later
* Tab & Da VillonDo or Die
* Mad CJ Mac – True Game 1996
* N.W.A. – Greatest Hits Gold
* MC Ren – The Villain in Black Gold 1997
* Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – The Art of War (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony album) 4x Platinum
* FrostWhen Hell.A. Freezes Over 1998
* Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – The Collection Volume One Platinum
* M.C. Ren – Ruthless for Life Gold
* Various Artists – Ruthless Records Tenth Anniversary Compilation
* Bizzy BoneHeaven'z Movie Platinum 1999
* Krayzie BoneThug Mentality 1999 Platinum
* Various Artists – Turf Stories Soundtrack
* Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – BTNHResurrection 2x Platinum
* Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – The Collection: Volume Two2001
* L Burna aka Layzie BoneThug By Nature Gold
* Krayzie BoneThug On Da Line Gold 2002
* Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Thug World Order Platinum
* Eazy-E – Impact of a Legend Gold
* Baby S – Street Fractions 2004
* Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Greatest Hits 2x Platinum
* Spymob – Sitting Around Keeping Score
* Eazy-E – Eternal E Gold 2006
* N.W.A - The Best of N.W.A.: The Strength of Street Knowledge 2007
*Bone Thugs N Harmony - ''T.H.U.G.S.
*Eazy E - Featuring…Eazy-E/Starring…Eazy-E

Current artists

  • Na'Shay
  • Agina
  • Erin "EB" Wright (Eazy-E's daughter)
  • Street Runna'z Click
  • Stevie Stone
  • Baptism Blunts
  • Baby S
  • Hopsin


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