When Jerry Heller passed away from a heart attack last Friday (Sept. 2), several hip-hoppers reflected on the music mogul’s passing. Former N.W.A member Ice Cube addressed Heller’s death in an interview with Click on Detroit.
Ironically, Cube was performing in Detroit, the same city where police officers warned “The World’s Most Dangerous Group” to not perform their controversial “F— the Police” back in 1989. As chronicled in the recent N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, the group performing the blistering song, much to the chagrin of Detroit police officers who were watching from the crowd.
For Cube, performing in Detroit this past weekend (along N.W.A members MC Ren and DJ Yella) in the wake of Heller’s death was both ironic and reflective.
“It’s just ironic that I’m here tonight with MC Ren [and DJ Yella],” said Cube. “With DJ Yella. We’ve come a long way. And to me, the passing of Jerry Heller is a thing that’s a part of life. You come here to pass away. We all gonna definitely reflect on our time with Jerry. The ups and the downs. And there you have it.”
Shortly after Heller’s death, his attorney believed that his client’s ongoing battle with producers of the Straight Outta Compton biopic led to his death. He said the movie left him “heart broken.”
Cube has been very critical of Heller ever since he left N.W.A over royalties that he felt was owed to him. Of course, he went after his former manager with the acidic diss track “No Vaseline” in 1991.
Heller, who a co-founder of Ruthless Records with Eazy-E, was remembered by several rap veterans. Former Ruthless Records artist Frost as well as Kxing Crooked, King T and Eazy-E’s son, Eric Wright, Jr. also paid tribute to Heller as well.