Ice Cube reacts to N.W.A. manager death: "I'm not losing no sleep"

  /  09.07.2016

Ice Cube is never one to mince words or back away from expressing his opinion — no matter how blunt and hard-hearted they may be. As a case in point, look at the N.W.A. rapper’s recent interview on Detroit radio station Hot 107.5.

When asked about the recent death of Jerry Heller, the former N.W.A. manager who was suing the group for defamation due to his depiction in the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Cube didn’t budge from his long-standing stance. “I didn’t have no emotions, you know,” said Cube. Heller died after having a heart attack while driving last Friday (September 2). He was 75.

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“I ain’t gon’ pop no champagne, but I ain’t goin’ shed no tears either,” he elaborated. “It is what it is, you know. We come here to pass, and he’s outta here, so you know. Like I said, I’m not losing no sleep over that one.”

Heller has an infamous history with the N.W.A. Despite leading the group into dominance, financial disputes between he and the group led to their downfall. Ice Cube left to pursue a solo career in 1989, amid a dispute over royalty payments. In 1991, Dr. Dre made similar claims about Heller’s mismanagement, departing to form Death Row Records with Marion “Suge” Knight. Heller denied the accusations. Last year, the former manager was played by Paul Giamatti in the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” Heller was unhappy by his depiction and filed a defamation lawsuit against Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the estate of Eazy-E, NBC Universal, and others.

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