Family Beef: Eazy-E’s widow files lawsuit against his son, Lil Eazy-E, over Ruthless Records name


Legal difficulties are causing major struggles for feuding family members of the late/great Eazy-E…

Twenty-one years after the jerry-curl sporting N.W.A legend’s untimely passing, his widow, Tomica Woods-Wright, and his son from a previous relationship, Eric Darnell Wright–who bills himself to the public as “Lil Eazy-E”– are locked in a scathing dispute over rights to the “Boyz-n-the-Hood” rapper’s label name, Ruthless Records– which he founded in 1986.

On Tuesday, Tomica– who married Eazy twelve days before his 1995 AIDS-related death and has assumed ownership of the 30-year-old company since his demise- filed a federal trademark infringement suit against the Compton crooner’s 33-year-old kid on the grounds he and his professional partner, Arnold White, are wrongfully conducting business under the Ruthless brand.

Her filings, according to Variety, allege that Lil Eazy and Arnold administer a website — — on which they promote concerts and purvey Ruthless Records t-shirts sans permission from the trademark overseer.

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“Our old-school outlook mixed with cutting edge technology makes Ruthless Records Inc. a leader in the music business,” the site–which claims to have been “founded by legendary gangsta rap artist Eazy-E,” reads. “Eazy-E’s first-born son and longtime friend are carrying on the legacy that started it all.”

Per Tomica’s suit, her stepson and his business cohort attempted to trademark “Ruthless Records Inc.” in 2016, but their application was rejected because the name was too similar to Ruthless Records.

She goes on to allege that Lil Eazy and ’em incorporated as NWA-LLC, and are also infringing on the N.W.A trademark.

So far, Lil Eazy E has yet to publicly comment on his stepmother’s lawsuit.


By : Asia Grace
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