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Legendary Hip-Hop label was officially
Founded by Compton, CA native the late Eric "Eazy-E" Wright with $7,000 of his own money, 5000 twelve-inch singles of "Boyz-N-The-Hood" and a maverick spirit. The enterprising 23-year old sold more than 500,000 copies throughout South Central Los Angeles by word of mouth alone.
In April 1988, the introduction of J.J. Fad's hit - R&B/Pop single "Supersonic" became the labels first platinum album and gold single, which garnered the first Grammy nomination for a female rap group ever.
The torch was ignited September 1988 with the launch of the world's most dangerous group N.W.A, branding a new style of Hip-Hop known as "Gangsta Rap", putting Compton on the map.
The Label is credited with launching the careers and multi-platinum success of N.W. A, Eazy-E, MC Ren, The D.O.C., Michelle, J.J. Fad and Bone thugs-n-harmony.
Ruthless Records is recognized as one of the most successful independent labels during Hip-Hop's Golden Age, creating an underground blueprint which opened the floodgates to mainstream audiences worldwide producing an emerging group of young talent.