Ruthless Records

Ruthless Records

Profile:
Ruthless Records was founded by rapper Eazy-E (supposedly with money he made as a drug dealer) and manager Jerry Heller (who died in 2016). It was the home of gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A., whose records were distributed through Priority Records.

The majority of all Ruthless material was distributed by the ATCO Records division of Atlantic Records (particularly with acts such as JJ Fad, The D.O.C. and Michel'Le), while records by the group Above The Law and a fledgling young Kokane were released through Epic.
In 1993, Ruthless dropped all ties with Priority, Atlantic and Epic and moved to Relativity for distribution, bringing with them a new era of artistry with the introduction of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Years after Eazy-E's death from AIDS, the Ruthless label and back catalog (excluding the Michel'le and Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony material, which stayed with Atlantic and Sony Music respectively) was sold to longtime distributor Priority Records, which in turn was bought out by Capitol and became one of its subsidiaries.

Since 2011, Ruthless Records was inactive for a short time, but was then relaunched in late 2015 by Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Wright.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
3A 612688 Express Yourself  album cover N.W.A* Express Yourself(12", Maxi) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 3A 612688 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4B 9760 Eazy-Duz-It / Ruthless Villain / Radio / Compton's N The House  album cover Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It / Ruthless Villain / Radio / Compton's N The House (Single) 4B 9760 US 1988 Sell This Version
4B57107 Gangsta Gangsta  album cover N.W.A* Gangsta Gangsta(Cass, Single, Sli) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4B57107 US 1988 Sell This Version
4B57108 We Want Eazy / Eazy-er Said Than Dunn  album cover Eazy-E We Want Eazy / Eazy-er Said Than Dunn(Cass, Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4B57108 US 1988 Sell This Version
4JM 7002 Appetite For Destruction  album cover N.W.A. Appetite For Destruction(Cass, Single) Ruthless Records 4JM 7002 US 1992 Sell This Version
4JM 7206 Express Yourself / Straight Outta Compton  album cover N.W.A* Express Yourself / Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4JM 7206 US 1989 Sell This Version
4JM7229 100 Miles And Runnin'  album cover N.W.A* 100 Miles And Runnin'(Cass, Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4JM7229 US 1990 Sell This Version
4PRO 6646 5150 Home 4 Tha Sick  album cover Eazy-E 5150 Home 4 Tha Sick(Cass, EP, Promo) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4PRO 6646 US 1992 Sell This Version
4V7207 Express Yourself  album cover N.W.A* Express Yourself(Cass, Maxi) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4V7207 US 1989 Sell This Version
4V7216 Boyz-N-The-Hood / Dopeman  album cover Eazy-E / N.W.A* Eazy-E / N.W.A* - Boyz-N-The-Hood / Dopeman(Cass, Single, Sli) Ruthless Records 4V7216 US 1989 Sell This Version
4V57105 Gangsta Gangsta  album cover N.W.A* Gangsta Gangsta(Cass, Maxi) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4V57105 US 1988 Sell This Version
4V57110 We Want Eazy (Remix)  album cover Eazy-E We Want Eazy (Remix)(Cass, Maxi) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4V57110 US 1989 Sell This Version
4XL 57100 Eazy-Duz-It  album cover Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It(Cass, Album) Priority Records, Priority Records, Ruthless Records, Ruthless Records 4XL 57100 US 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57102 Straight Outta Compton  album cover N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton (Album) 4XL57102 US 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57102 Straight Outta Compton  album cover N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57102 US Unknown Sell This Version
4XL57111 Eazy-Duz-It  album cover Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It(Cass, Album, Cle) Priority Records, Ruthless Records 4XL57111 US 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57112 Straight Outta Compton  album cover N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(Cass, Album, Cle) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL57112 US 1988 Sell This Version
4XL57119 N.W.A. And The Posse  album cover Various N.W.A. And The Posse(Cass, Comp, RE) Priority Records, Ruthless Records 4XL57119 US 1989 Sell This Version
4XL 57126 Efil4zaggin  album cover N.W.A* Efil4zaggin(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 4XL 57126 US 1991 Sell This Version
7 A1-91282 Michel'le  album cover Michel'le Michel'le(LP, Album, Club) Ruthless Records, ATCO Records 7 A1-91282 US 1989 Sell This Version
12 BRW 144 Express Yourself  album cover N.W.A. Express Yourself 12 BRW 144 UK 1989 Sell This Version
34K-3242 Just Tah Let U Know  album cover Eazy-E Just Tah Let U Know(CD, Maxi) Ruthless Records 34K-3242 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
34K-3250 Tha Crossroads  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Tha Crossroads(CD, Single) Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc., Ruthless Records 34K-3250 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
34K-78707 Get Up / Remember Me  album cover NX Get Up / Remember Me(CD, Single) Ruthless Records 34K-78707 US 1997 Sell This Version
34K 78901 Ruthless For Life  album cover MC Ren Ruthless For Life(CD, Single) Ruthless Records 34K 78901 US 1998 Sell This Version
34T 73230 Murder Rap / Another Execution  album cover Above The Law Murder Rap / Another Execution(Cass, Single) Ruthless Records, Epic 34T 73230 US 1990 Sell This Version
34T 73368 Untouchable  album cover Above The Law Untouchable(Cass, Single) Ruthless Records, Epic 34T 73368 US 1990 Sell This Version
34T 78901 Ruthless For Life  album cover MC Ren Ruthless For Life(Cass, Single) Ruthless Records 34T 78901 US 1998 Sell This Version
49T 73369 Untouchable  album cover Above The Law Untouchable(Cass, Maxi) Ruthless Records, Epic 49T 73369 US 1990 Sell This Version
1632-2 Family Scriptures Chapter II: Family Reunion  album cover Mo Thugs* Family Scriptures Chapter II: Family Reunion(CD, Album) Mo Thugs Records, Relativity 1632-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
1670-2 Heaven'z Movie  album cover Bizzy Bone Heaven'z Movie(CD, Album) Relativity, Ruthless Records, Mo Thugs Records 1670-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
1670-4 Heaven'z Movie  album cover Bizzy Bone Heaven'z Movie(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records 1670-4 US 1998 Sell This Version
1671-2 Thug Mentality 1999  album cover Krayzie Bone Thug Mentality 1999(2xCD, Album) Ruthless Records, Mo Thugs Records, Relativity 1671-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
1671-4 Thug Mentality 1999  album cover Krayzie Bone Thug Mentality 1999(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records, Mo Thugs Records, Relativity 1671-4 US 1999 Sell This Version
1707-4 Ghetto Cowboy  album cover Mo Thugs Family And Bone Thugs N Harmony* Mo Thugs Family And Bone Thugs N Harmony* - Ghetto Cowboy(Cass, Single) Mo Thugs Records, Relativity 1707-4 US 1998 Sell This Version
1727-2 Heaven'z Movie  album cover Bizzy Bone Heaven'z Movie(CD, Album, Cle) Ruthless Records, Relativity Records, Inc., Mo Thugs Records 1727-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
1747-4 Ghetto Cowboy  album cover Mo Thugs Family And Bone Thugs N Harmony* Mo Thugs Family And Bone Thugs N Harmony* - Ghetto Cowboy(Cass, Cle) Mo Thugs Records, Relativity 1747-4 US 1998 Sell This Version
1770-2 Thug Mentality 1999  album cover Krayzie Bone Thug Mentality 1999(2xCD, Album, Cle) Ruthless Records, Mo Thugs Records, Relativity 1770-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
1770-4 Thug Mentality 1999  album cover Krayzie Bone Thug Mentality 1999(Cass, Album, Cle) Ruthless Records, Mo Thugs Records, Relativity 1770-4 US 1999 Sell This Version
1777-1 Thug Mentality  album cover Krayzie Bone Thug Mentality(12") Relativity, Mo Thugs Records, Ruthless Records 1777-1 US 1999 Sell This Version
23666 Sippin' On A 40  album cover Eazy-E Sippin' On A 40(Cass, Single, Promo) Ruthless Records 23666 US 1996 Sell This Version
0-40837 Call It What U Want  album cover Above The Law Call It What U Want 0-40837 US 1992 Sell This Version
46041 Livin' Like Hustlers  album cover Above The Law Livin' Like Hustlers (Album) 46041 US 1989 Sell This Version
50180 2 The Video Collection Volume One  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony The Video Collection Volume One(VHS, Comp, PAL) Ruthless Records, Sony Music Video 50180 2 1998 Sell This Version
50202 Eazy-Duz-It  album cover Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It(CD, Album) BCM Records 50202 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
5502-4 ADV Future Profits   album cover Blood Of Abraham (2) Future Profits (Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records 5502-4 ADV 1993 Sell This Version
5505-4 ADV Shock Of The Hour   album cover MC Ren Shock Of The Hour (Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records, Relativity 5505-4 ADV US 1993 Sell This Version
5508-4ADV Real Muthaphuckkin G's  album cover Eazy E.* Real Muthaphuckkin G's(Cass, Single, Promo) Ruthless Records, Relativity 5508-4ADV US 1993 Sell This Version
5512-4 ADV Funk Upon A Rhyme  album cover Kokane Funk Upon A Rhyme (Album) 5512-4 ADV US 1994 Sell This Version
5518-4 ADV Trippin Wit No Luggage  album cover Steffon Trippin Wit No Luggage(Cass, Album, Promo, Adv) Ruthless Records 5518-4 ADV US 1994 Sell This Version
5524-4ADV Uncle Sam's Curse  album cover Above The Law Uncle Sam's Curse(Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records 5524-4ADV 1994 Sell This Version
5544 4ADV The Villin In Black  album cover MC Ren The Villin In Black(Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records, Relativity 5544 4ADV US 1996 Sell This Version
6335-4ADV Tha Crossroads  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Tha Crossroads(Cass, Single, Promo) Ruthless Records 6335-4ADV US 1996 Sell This Version
64206-2 Let It Go / Days Of Our Livez  album cover Ray J / Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Ray J / Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Let It Go / Days Of Our Livez(CD, Single, Sli) EastWest, Ruthless Records 64206-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
0-86420 New Groove  album cover Rockmelons* New Groove(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-86420 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
90959-1 Supersonic - The Album  album cover J.J. Fad Supersonic - The Album (Album) 90959-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
90959-2 Supersonic - The Compact Disc  album cover J.J. Fad Supersonic - The Compact Disc(CD, Album) Ruthless Records 90959-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
91275-1 No One Can Do It Better  album cover The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better (Album) 91275-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
91275-2 No One Can Do It Better  album cover The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better (Album) 91275-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
91275-4 No One Can Do It Better  album cover The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better(Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records, Atlantic 91275-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
91308-2 No One Can Do It Better  album cover The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better(CD, Album, Lon) Ruthless Records, Atlantic 91308-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
91586-4 Not Just A Fad  album cover J.J. Fad Not Just A Fad(Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records 91586-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
91666 Muzical Madness  album cover Jimmy Z Muzical Madness(Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records 91666 US 1991 Sell This Version
91666-4 Muzical Madness  album cover Jimmy Z Muzical Madness(Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records 91666-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
91760-1 Yomo & Maulkie Are U Xperienced?(LP) Ruthless Records, Atlantic 91760-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
91760-4 Are U Xperienced?  album cover Yomo & Maulkie Are U Xperienced?(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records, Atlantic 91760-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-96224 Mama Don't  album cover Yomo & Maulkie Mama Don't(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96224 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-96225 Mockingbird / Watch Out Black Folks  album cover Yomo & Maulkie Mockingbird / Watch Out Black Folks(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic Street 0-96225 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-96299 Funky Flute  album cover Jimmy Z Funky Flute(12") Ruthless Records, ATCO Records 0-96299 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-96302 Glory  album cover Yomo & Maulkie Glory(12", Single) Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96302 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-96373 Be Good Ta Me  album cover J.J. Fad Be Good Ta Me(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96373 US 1990 Sell This Version
0-96406 Mind Blowin'  album cover The D.O.C. Mind Blowin'(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96406 US 1989 Sell This Version
0-96419 We In The House  album cover J.J. Fad We In The House 0-96419 US 1990 Sell This Version
0-96441 Keep Watchin'  album cover Michel'Le Keep Watchin'(12", Single) Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96441 US 1990 Sell This Version
0-96480 Nicety  album cover Michel'Le Nicety(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96480 US 1990 Sell This Version
0-96500 The Formula  album cover The D.O.C. The Formula(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96500 US 1990 Sell This Version
0-96521 No More Lies  album cover Michel'Le No More Lies(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96521 US 1989 Sell This Version
0-96523 The D.O.C. & The Doctor  album cover The D.O.C. The D.O.C. & The Doctor 0-96523 US 1989 Sell This Version
0-96549 It's Funky Enough / No One Can Do It Better  album cover The D.O.C. It's Funky Enough / No One Can Do It Better(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96549 US 1989 Sell This Version
0-96587 Is It Love / Ya Goin' Down / My Dope Intro  album cover J.J. Fad Is It Love / Ya Goin' Down / My Dope Intro(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96587 US 1988 Sell This Version
0-96616 Way Out  album cover J.J. Fad Way Out(12") Ruthless Records, Atlantic 0-96616 US 1988 Sell This Version
0-96732 It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa  album cover Eazy-E It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa(CD, EP) Ruthless Records 0-96732 US 1993 Sell This Version
112 688 Express Yourself / Straight Outta Compton  album cover N.W.A. Express Yourself / Straight Outta Compton(7", Single) Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Island Records 112 688 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
1-24477 Black Mafia Life  album cover Above The Law Black Mafia Life(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Giant Records 1-24477 US 1992 Sell This Version
211 464, S 211 464 Efil4zaggin  album cover N.W.A. Efil4zaggin(LP, Album) Priority Records, Ruthless Records, 4th & Broadway, Island Records 211 464, S 211 464 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
260 286 Straight Outta Compton  album cover N.W.A* Straight Outta Compton(CD, Album, RE) 4th & Broadway, Ruthless Records, Priority Records, Island Records 260 286 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
261 464 Efil4zaggin  album cover N.W.A* Efil4zaggin(CD, Album) Island Records, 4th & Broadway, Ruthless Records 261 464 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
411464 Efil4zaggin  album cover N.W.A* Efil4zaggin(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records, Priority Records 411464 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
4-24477 A SR Black Mafia Life  album cover Above The Law Black Mafia Life(Cass, Album, Promo) Ruthless Records 4-24477 A SR 1992 Sell This Version
4-64206 Let It Go / Days Of Our Livez  album cover Ray J / Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Ray J / Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Let It Go / Days Of Our Livez(Cass, Single) EastWest Records America, Ruthless Records 4-64206 US 1996 Sell This Version
466760 1 Livin' Like Hustlers  album cover Above The Law Livin' Like Hustlers(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Epic 466760 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
466760 2 Livin' Like Hustlers  album cover Above The Law Livin' Like Hustlers(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Epic 466760 2 Austria 1990 Sell This Version
466760 4 Livin' Like Hustlers  album cover Above The Law Livin' Like Hustlers(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records, Epic 466760 4 UK 1990 Sell This Version
468830 2 No Money No Honey  album cover Po', Broke & Lonely?* No Money No Honey(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Epic 468830 2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
481038 1 E. 1999 Eternal  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal(LP, Album) Ruthless Records, Ruthless Records 481038 1 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
481038 2 E. 1999 Eternal  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal (Album) 481038 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
481038-4 E. 1999 Eternal  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal(Cass, Album) Ruthless Records 481038-4 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
481038 6 E. 1999 Eternal  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal (Album) 481038 6 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
481038 9 E. 1999 Eternal  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal(CD, Album) Ruthless Records, Dance Pool, Epic 481038 9 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
481726 2 E. 1999 Eternal  album cover Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E. 1999 Eternal(CD, Album, RE + CD, EP, RE + Ltd) Ruthless Records 481726 2 Australia 1996 Sell This Version