The hip-hop world was hit with the news of Jerry Heller passing away at the age of 75 years old. For those that know of Jerry Heller from living the 80’s era of hip-hop or from watching the blockbuster movie, Straight Outta Compton, there may be very little to say about him that is positive.
If all reports are correct, he went to the grave suing the members of the group that impacted hip-hop and made him a household name. When people talk about great executives and moguls in the world of hip-hop music, his name isn’t brought with Simmons, Reid, Lyles, Cohen, Manda, Stoute, Rikfind and Lighty.[R.I.P.]
So that lead me to one ultimate question. Being as respectful as we can be to a man no longer living, how should hip-hop remember Jerry Heller?
It’s a difficult question. You can argue he’s the sole reason the original members of N.W.A only put out 1 album.
You can also say he was the catalyst in birthing two of the greatest and most impactful careers in hip-hop ever in Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
You could say that his vision for one kid is what made Eazy E and N.W.A staples in Hip-Hop.
You could also say that he lived and died trying to get every dollar he could from the black kids that made him rich for a span of 30 years.
It’s difficult and I don’t think hip-hop has had this scenario happen before. What are your thoughts? How should we remember Mr. Heller as a hip-hop community? Should we remember him at all? Would the news of his death trend on social media and be covered by media outlets, if the Straight Outta Compton movie doesn’t come out? Let me know something.