Controversial figure passed away last Friday (September 2) aged 75
Ice Cube has said he has not lost any sleep after the death of former NWA manager, Jerry Heller.
Heller passed away last Friday (September 2) after suffering a heart attack while driving. He was 75.
He helped to accelerate the rise of NWA and the gangsta-rap movement as the group’s original manager, and co-founded the highly influential Ruthless Records with group member Eazy-E in the ’80s. However, Heller’s career in the music industry was controversial as well as successful. Both Ice Cube and Dr Dre left NWA alleging that they had not been paid properly, though neither artist ever sued Heller and he was never convicted of any kind of wrongdoing.
Formidable to the end, Heller filed a defamation lawsuit last year over the way he was portrayed in NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. He was played by Paul Giamatti in the acclaimed film.
His relationship with Ice Cube disintegrated after the MC left the group in 1989 over royalty disputes, resulting in the scathing diss track, ‘No Vaseline’.
Speaking about his death, the rapper said in an interview you can watch via Detroit radio station, 107.5: “I didn’t have no emotions. I’m just glad I’m with my brothers today. I’m glad I’m with DJ Yella, I’m glad I’m with MC Ren today, it’s only right.
“I ain’t gonna pop no champagne, but I ain’t gonna shed no tears either. It is what it is. We come here to pass, and he’s outta here. Like I said, I’m not losing no sleep over that one.”