N.W.A. was M.I.A when their former manger, Jerry Heller, was laid to rest on Wednesday.
If you’ve seen Straight Outta Compton a dozen times like I have, you certainly know who Heller was. The great Paul Giamatti portrayed Heller as the former rap group’s greedy slime ball manager who loved Eazy-E and cheated the whole group out of their hard-earned money. Heller always insisted the portrayal was unfair and his lawyer even said the stress from this partly caused Heller’s death.
Was Heller as bad to the group as Compton says? I think that question was answered today.
Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren were nowhere to be found and Easy-E died in 1995, so he also was not there. Cube’s reaction to Heller’s death is very similar to the reactions from boy band members after Lou Pearlman died last month.
Not much love for deceased music managers this year. Also not a great year for disgraced music managers.