Stay Rich. Stay Ruthless.
Rich & Ruthless is the next generation of music entertainment. We combine music, events, and branding, bringing an iconic culture to a modern era. Lead by Eric “Lil Eazy E” Wright, Rich & Ruthless will carry on the impassioned legacy of what started an intense music revolution.
Rich & Ruthless is an entertainment and business development firm for musicians and entertainers of all walks of life. Our services include artist development, artist executive administration services, music production/licensing, and music festivals.
Eric Darnell Wright Jr., aka Lil Eazy E, President of Rich & Ruthless started his career as a performer signed by Virgin Records. LiL Eazy E, son of the late Eazy-E, has toured the world with frontline artists such as Yella from N.W.A and worked with marquee names like Timberland, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and many more. Lil Eazy E oversees the overall direction of Rich & Ruthless. He is currently starring on “Growing Up Hip Hop,” featuring the next generation of hip hop royalty, on the WE Network.
Arnold White, aka Bigg A, was born in Compton, California, and got his start under the wings of his childhood friend, Eazy-E. Bigg A has been a driving force in the marketing, sales and promotion of some of the industry’s biggest artists and superstar personalities. Bigg A’s influence has been felt by Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Dogg Pound, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, N.W.A, King T, Wiz Kalifa, Pharside, and WC of the Westside Connection. Bigg A also manages The Dogg Pound and is CEO of Rich & Ruthless.
CJ Melone, a California native, has worked in both public and private markets. He specializes operations and marketing in the entertainment industry. CJ is known as a turn-around and start-up specialist with a resume of successful companies in his portfolio. CJ has an extensive background in mergers and acquisitions and strategic partnerships. CJ runs the operations and management for Rich & Ruthless.
Ryan Bartlette is a sought-after branding and marketing expert. Ryan has been positioning start-ups and working with some of the largest brands in the United States. As a graphic artist, photographer and musician, Ryan understands the ins and outs of what makes companies grow and knows how to attract the right demographics.
VP East Coast
Wiley El Bey Our VP of Rich & Ruthless East, in Baltimore, MD, has worked as an artist and creative manager for more than 15 years assisting other entrepreneurs with developing various businesses, a clothing boutique, storefronts, manufacturing and designing clothing brands. Wiley, who brings a deep background in business development, has worked closely in the procurement and creation of Rich & Ruthless.
VP Compton Money Gang
Born in Compton, California, and the second son of the late Eazy-E, Derrek is V.P. of Compton Money Gang. As one of the leading artists of Rich & Ruthless, Derrek is taking his creativity to the business, management and development of Compton Money Gang of which he is also a member. Baby Eazy-E (E3) is a featured artist with Rich & Ruthless.
Producer, Engineer & Studio Manager
Carl Jones has been in the music industry for over 20 years. He is fluent in piano, keyboard, and guitar. As a musician, producer, songwriter, and engineer Carl has worked with artists in all genres of music. His list of artists includes the legendary Daz Dillinger and Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound, Warren G, and LaToiya Williams to name a few. Today Carl manages the Rich & Ruthless recording studio and is in charge of all in-house production.
Bret D Lewis, born Chicago, Illinois April 16, 1960; admitted to NY bar, 1987, admitted to CA bar, 1993. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1982); Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1986, Journal of International Law and Business). Mr. Lewis is engaged in a broad based practice with practice areas including, Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Trademark Law, Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Law, and Corporate Law.
He specializes in the music entertainment area, including entertainment related litigation, and also is routinely involved in sophisticated corporate transactions, including public offerings.
Representative entertainment clients include and have included, Mos Def, Bob Dylan, RBX, Lolita, Green Jelly, Anita Baker, Ruff Ryders, Daz Dillinger, Renaissance Records, Prince Ital Joe, Big Pimpin Delemond, Mark Sparks, Ike Turner, J.A.D. Records (a Bob Marley reissue label), radio station media conglomerate Entravision Corporation, AsSeenIn.com, JapanMp3.com, Sunshine Anderson, major Japanese recording artists B’Z and Yoshiki, and major Japanese record companies Being Music Group and Columbia Music Entertainment.