Who is Tomica Wright?
Tomica Wright was born on 7 December 1969, in California, USA, and is an entrepreneur as well as a film producer, best known for being the CEO of the record label Ruthless Records. The company was previously held by her husband Eazy-E until his death. Within two years of taking control, she managed to restructure and expand the company, thanks to her previous experience in the industry.
The Net Worth of Tomica Wright
How rich is Tomica Wright? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $15 million, earned through a successful career in business, also no doubt elevated thanks to the success of her late husband who had an estimated net worth at $8 million, and of which she would have gained from inheritance. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Very little information is known about Tomica’s childhood, her family, and her life before she met Eazy-E. It is known that she grew up in California, and attended high school in the San Fernando Valley. After matriculating, she then enrolled at a college in Santa Monica, but then transferred to the West L.A. Community College, located in Baldwin Hills, California. During this time, she dreamed of working in the entertainment industry, particularly in film, wanting to pursue a passion for film production.
Shortly after completing her education, she began working in several production houses; her first foray into the music industry was with Tabu Records, working under founder Clarence Avant. Her experience there led her to become more proficient with the dealings of the recording industry, which would become invaluable later on.
Eric Lynn Wright was a rapper, record producer and entrepreneur, known professionally under the name Eazy-E. He is called the Godfather of Gangsta Rap, responsible for pushing the boundaries of visual and lyrical content of mainstream popular music during his time. His popularity skyrocketed with the group N.W.A., which consisted of members Arabian Prince, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella. Eazy-E faced a lot of legal troubles before founding his label in 1986, then afterwards began a short solo career in which he collaborated heavily with Dr. Dre, as well as with Ice Cube, leading to their NWA years.
They released the album “Straight Outta Compton” which was considered highly controversial at the time due to tackling socio-political issues, but is now dubbed as the most influential album of its genre, and one of the greatest albums of all time. After releasing another album three years later, the group disbanded due to financial disputes, so he then resumed his solo career, releasing EPs which took inspiration from hip-hop, comedy, and funk music. He also had a high profile feud with Dr. Dre, before he was hospitalized in 1995 suffering from AIDS.
We miss you always, Eazy, but more than ever on your birthday.Happy birthday to the Godfather of Gangsta Rap! ✊🏾
Relationship, Marriage, and Takeover
Tomica met Eazy-E in 1991 at a Los Angeles Night Club, and they were married four years later, just 12 days before his death. Prior to their meeting, it is known that Eazy-E had two children from a previous long term relationship, and five other children with five othere women. Tomica had two children with Eazy-E, one of whom was born six months after his passing.
Before marrying Eazy-E, Tomica worked for Motown Records while also helping out with Ruthless Records. With his passing, she inherited the company and began making changes to the structure. She signed a new distribution deal with Epic/Sony, and also signed new artists. At the start of her run, she faced a lot of pressure, as Ruthless is one of the most successful independent labels in history. She had to battle lawsuits and executives wanting to take the company from her, but she eventually succeeded, thanks to her previous experience in the industry. Now the company manages to have several distributors separately, including Priority Records, Atlantic Records, Epic Records, Giant Records, and Relativity Records.
The Death of Eazy-E
In 1995, Eazy-E was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center suffering from a violent cough, and was diagnosed with AIDS. and had to make a public statement about his illness. Many believed that he had contracted the disease through sex with another partner, not from Tomica. On his deathbed, he made peace with Ice Cube and drafted a final message to his fans. He died from complication of AIDS one month after his diagnosis. Over 3,000 people attended his funeral, including former members of NWA. He was buried in a gold casket, and was wearing his attire from the time he was in Compton. Approximately 10 months after his death, his final album was released, entitled “Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton”. According to his son, he was worth an estimated $50 million at the time of his death.
His son Eric Darnell Wright Jr., would take on the mantle Lil Eazy-E or Lil Eazy, working in the music industry and as an HIV Activist. He is the CEO of the music and media production company NWA Entertainment LLC, in partnership with his brother Derrek Wright. He is the eldest son of Eazy-E and was born and raised in the same house his father grew up in.