Skip to content
Sep 7 / admin

Did Jerry Heller Actually Cheat N.W.A?

L to R: Arabian Prince, Jerry Heller, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella. (Courtesy of Juana Sperling.)

L to R: Arabian Prince, Jerry Heller, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella. (Courtesy of Juana Sperling.)

N.W.A’s controversial manager Jerry Heller died on Friday, at age 75. Here’s my obituary for Billboard. He was hated and loved in equal measure, and many N.W.A fans believe he cheated the group members financially, based on the allegations of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.

But did he? I investigate that question in a new piece for Forbes, as part of their Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2016 package.

Thanks for reading! My book Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap comes out Tuesday, and you can pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local seller.

I’ve also got readings scheduled for Long Beach (Sept 14) and Atlanta (Sept 19) and St. Louis (Sept 20). The Atlanta reading will feature G-funk legend Rhythm D.