Former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller passed away over the weekend, and he was still on a bad page with all of the members. Up until now, the only group member who had commented on his passing was MC Ren, and even he didn’t have much to say.
While at the airport on Sunday, Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr., who played his father in Straight Outta Compton last year, said that the good things Heller had done for the group did not outweigh the bad. He couldn’t bring himself to really find any nice things to say, so he didn’t say too much. Now his father has made a statement, while speaking with news station Local 4 in Detroit over the weekend.
Jerry Heller passed away on Friday at the age of 75, due to a car accident as a result of having what’s been described as “a medical emergency” while driving. (His attorney says the family believes it to be a heart attack.)
The former manager of N.W.A. had been in the spotlight a lot more in the last year, after the success of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton film. However, he was not happy with the way he was portrayed, and had filed a $110 million lawsuit for defamation of character against the film’s producers, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the Estate of Eazy-E. It was dismissed over the summer, however, the judge did say Heller might have a point as it pertained to two scenes, but he had to prove the interaction with Cube didn’t happen and that it was written into the script with malice.
“Jerry Heller would be alive today if not for that movie,” his lawyer told TMZ this weekend. He says Jerry barely slept and was “heart broken” over it. No word on whether he plans to continue with the lawsuit.
As for the guys of N.W.A., neither Dre nor Cube have made a statement, and MC Ren merely said this to Vlad TV:
“All I have to say is ‘from God we come and to God we return.'”
Rest in peace.
Ice Cube is NOT endorsing Donald Trump – not that you actually believed it when you saw the fake memes. Well, I would hope that you didn’t believe it.
A while back, Cube had been speaking about Trump in a Bloomberg Politics interview, and noted that “he’s gonna do anything he can to help poor people that are struggling.” Then over the weekend, an account that posts pro-Trump news links made a meme out of it, and made it appear that Cube had officially endorsed him.
Over the weekend, rumors started circulating that Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., would reprise his father’s role in a remake of his 90s classic, Friday, alongside comedian DC Young Fly.
Because of both young actors’ resemblance to the original characters, memes suggesting the remake should happen have been circulating since O’Shea was introduced to the masses in last summer’s Straight Outta Compton. However, they seemed to become a reality when what appeared to be O’Shea’s official Facebook page posted this weekend that it was happening.
With nearly 775k likes, the page seemed like it was legit, but papa Ice Cube is here to let you know – it’s not happening. Taking to Twitter with a screenshot of the FB post, Cube wrote:
Last fall, former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller filed a lawsuit against the producers of Straight Outta Compton, claiming that it was “filled with defamatory lies.” The $110 million defamation of character lawsuit also named Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the Estate of Eazy-E, but they can rest easy now that a judge has dismissed most of it. However…
The judge did say Heller might have a point when it comes to 2 scenes. Via TMZ:
Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ice Cube was on hand alongside Lil Jon, Ty Dolla $ign, Big Sean and A$AP Rocky for a hilarious segment that was for the kids AND the culture! (LOL!)
A group of kids remixed some of the guys’ most successful – and dirtiest – songs to much more kid-friendly versions, and the results were hilarious to say the least. Also, please pay close attention to Rocky’s intro. My guy is out here saying “choreogriphied” instead of “choreographed.” Who allowed that to fly and not be re-taped?! WHO!
Prior to Coachella taking place this year, Ice Cube had promised fans an official N.W.A. reunion – leaving many disappointed on weekend one when he only brought out MC Ren and DJ Yella. However, he had a trick up his sleeve for the second and final weekend.
On Saturday night, the legendary rapper had the whole gang there (Dre, Yella and Ren,) though Dre didn’t perform any N.W.A. songs. It was still dope nonetheless, as he hyped the crowd by performing “California Love” and “Still D.R.E.” Kendrick Lamar, Eazy-E‘s son and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. joined in on the festivities as well. Check out the videos below.