Signing to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records in 1990, the rap trio Po' Broke & Lonely? would go on to sue the label a few years later, putting a halt to their recording career while the courts handled the situation. It started when Eazy and Dr. Dre first met the group, consisting of rappers Chris Taylor, Michael Lynn, and Ruben Cruz. Their laid-back sound and sexist gangsta rap lyrics appealed to Eazy, and so they signed to Ruthless within the year. Their debut was guided by Dre and Eazy, who helped the group pull together several tight beats and a similar sound to their own N.W.A. When N.W.A. started to fall apart and accusations of missing money started flying between their two mentors, the group sought to leave the label before they were caught up in the situation. Eazy wouldn't let them out of their contract, creating a tension between Ruthless and the group while they tried to put together a follow-up. In 1992, Taylor helped Dre put together The Chronic, a landmark rap album that had enough anti-Ruthless sentiment to effectively destroy any negotiations between Eazy and Po' Broke & Lonely? The group grew frustrated with their situation, and by 1994 they had brought the matter to the courts. Before much could be decided, Eazy died of AIDS and the group was dropped from the Ruthless roster. They signed to Arista and attempted to restart their career in 1995 with Forbidden Vibe, but after a four-and-a-half year absence from the music scene, the group was all but forgotten by the fast-moving hip-hop crowd. Quietly dissolving a year later, both Cruz and Taylor would become regular collaborators with Dre in the following years. ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi