Ruthless Business: Jerry Heller's Keys to Success • FRANK
Music manager and hip hop industry veteran Jerry Heller died on Friday Eazy- E, which launched the gangsta-rap movement in the late 80s. N.W.A's former manager, Jerry Heller, recently weighed in on the possibility that Eazy-E was injected with AIDS by Suge Knight. owing to a money dispute with Eazy-E, who owned the label, and NWA's manager, Jerry Heller. Part of the connection was emotional.
Rather than fishing lures, it held a floppy disk of his beats. While Rhythm cued up his songs, Eazy ducked into the shower. He seemed to have only half his mind on the proceedings.
Undaunted, Rhythm plugged in his speakers and played a beat. It featured him and producer Battlecat going back and forth, trying to outdo each other with samples.
The track had a wild energy about it, which Eazy felt immediately. He jumped out of the shower, hair all crazy, throwing on a towel and running into the room. Rhythm immediately moved into the house and got to work.
Rhythm quickly realized he would have to do more than just make songs — he was going to have to shake Eazy out of his creative coma. But his timing was bad.
Ruthless Business: Jerry Heller’s Keys to Success
In this pre-YouTube era, rap beef moved at the speed of molasses. Rhythm D had sat in on The Chronic recording sessions and had a strong feeling that G-funk was about to take over. After much arguing, he convinced Eazy that their Fuck wit Dre Day response should include the haunting new gangsta sound.
How could they hit Dre back where it hurt? Rhythm lit up a fat one and got to thinking. Sure, Dre was practically untouchable right now, from a musical perspective. But there was a big difference between sounding like a gangsta and being a gangsta. To the guys in the streets, this was not incidental.
They needed to convince these guys that Dre was phony, an opportunist. It was time to drive that point home. He never flinches when discussing Cube.
But when Eazy comes up, he softens. Only Eazy and I understood the importance of what we were doing. Eazy was a true visionary. This is all a matter of fact. He was the best. He wears a blue L. Dodgers cap and a blue Dickies workshirt; his wrist is decorated with gold, as are a few of his fingers. Recounting the long path of the N. A movie, he speaks slowly and carefully, like the Hollywood insider that he is, name-checking studios and CEOs: Cube has worked with F.
History is written by the victors. I ask about Heller. Respect the fact that Eazy was no fool.
And this guy was like a father figure to Eazy. In a lot of ways, he did what he said he was gonna do. Which is, make him legit. We were selling records out the trunk of our car before Jerry came into the picture. But with us, individually — we thought he was just worried about Eric. And his own bottom line. But Cube insists that the critical events are depicted as they occurred. In the movie, after storming away from the group and salting the earth behind him, he makes peace with Eazy after a chance run-in at vaunted hip-hop club the Tunnel.
We was all ready to fuck with Eric and go back after Jerry was out the picture. Instead, he chalks up the events, in his elliptical style, by quoting his then-wife, Gayle.
In the movie, Eazy cuts ties with Heller after Woods-Wright, who had music industry experience herself, discovers financial impropriety. In the scene, Giamatti unleashes the full breadth of his self-emasculating abilities as Heller breaks down. Herman confirms that this was the version of events as recounted to him by Woods-Wright. In the movie, the wildly entertaining, madcap first half makes way for the bitter dysfunction of the second half.
But before the ugliness sets in forever, all relevant parties make peace. Because at the end of the day, we was all back. And trying to put all that shit aside. It was just all about our friend and his suffering. Her remembrances of Eazy clashed with theirs often. The version that they tell, the version that I suspected, and the version I actually wrote are completely different. A lot of the illegal and fucked-up shit that happened — I mean, draw your own conclusion. The version of what really happened, maybe no one will ever know.
His resemblance to a younger version of his father is so close as to be almost eerie. There is no rage apparent in the next generation.
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I hear him rewatching the trailer every day. There is also a painting, in bright primary colors, of Heller with his friend Eric Wright. To this day, he denies any theft. If we were such bad guys, how come you never sued us?
But the bottom line is this: This may technically be true. I still have the contracts framed. Not a penny more, not a penny less. I wanted to do my own thing anyway. I was going to do it with Ruthless, but there was some sheisty shit, so I had to get ghost. Heller had young, fresh kids, long on talent and short on knowledge. Yes, Reavill was an employee. But that was nearly a decade ago. And he was compelled, not to mention charmed, by Heller.
Dre and Ice Cube and others used it as a way to define themselves, not to accurately describe Jerry Heller. I answer every single inquiry on Facebook. And everybody that writes to me, I send them a copy of the book. And every single word in there is the truth. He says six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan will direct. As far as he sees it, the case of public opinion has been settled.
I mean, an icon. People stand in line to take pictures with me. He answers the question, as he does every question, carefully and deliberately. Ultimately, we all did some incredible shit.
Described repeatedly in the book as a former Baywatch lifeguard.