Eazy-E’s Daughter Sides With Jerry Heller In ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Lawsuit

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Just days after N.W.A manager Jerry Heller died from a heart attack while driving, the late Eazy-E‘s daughter breaks her silence on Straight Outta Compton‘s portrayal of the businessman.

It’s been over a year since the blockbuster film rocked the box office and called Heller’s management decisions into question. Following the movie’s release in theaters, Heller denied accusations that he ripped N.W.A off and also said the film’s portrayal of him was “very hurtful,” then filed suit.

E.B. Wright surprisingly agreed with the deceased legend. While leaving Ace of Diamonds, Eazy-E’s daughter told TMZ photogs, “I’m still depressed about it” in reference to Heller’s death.

She then said she’ll be putting out a documentary that will expose what really went down, adding, “At the end of the day, I don’t feel [Straight Outta Compton] was 100% true. I stand behind Jerry Fuller to the fullest. He was like a second father to my dad…”

Watch her speak on the controversy and Heller’s death in the video above, plus Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson’s response to his death here. May Heller rest in peace.

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Former N.W.A. Manager Jerry Heller Dead At 75

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Jerry Heller, known to most as the co-founder of Ruthless Records and manager of the “World’s Most Dangerous Rap GroupN.W.A. has died. Heller co-founded Ruthless Records with partner Eazy-E and went on to sell millions of records with N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Ice CubeJ.J. Fad, The D.O.C., Michel’le and others.

In 2015 after the release of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Heller filed a $110 Million Lawsuit Against Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, & NBC Universal over his portrayal and claimed he never gave NBC Universal permission to use his likeness for the film.

Heller had a very successfu career before rap, representing artists such as The WhoGrand Funk Railroad and Black Sabbath through his Heller-Fischer Agency.

Heller was 75

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Related: Jerry Heller: Eazy-E Not Shown In The Proper Light In “Straight Outta Compton,”

Related: Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A Manager, Comments On Possibility That Suge Knight Injected Eazy-E With AIDS

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Ice Cube Teams Up With VH1 To Bring Back This Classic Game Show

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Ice Cube is a hip-hop legend who has always moved outside the box.

According to reports, the rapper teamed up with VH1 to bring back the classic game show Hollywood Squares. The cable network partnered with Cube and his Cube Vision production company to put a hip-hop twist on one of TV’s longest-running game shows.

The new rendition of the popular show will feature celebrity contestants matching wits and testing their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares, featuring the biggest names in hip-hop, comedy, and entertainment. Cube said in a statement:

“Hip Hop Squares is going to be fun and spontaneous; unlike typical game shows, viewers should never know what’s going to happen next. When VH1 asked us to join the producing team, we jumped aboard as we have had success with VH1, and we love their team, excitement and commitment to the show.”

Sources say the network has ordered at least 20 episodes. Hip Hop Squares is set to air this fall on VH1.

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This Video Of Ice Cube Doing ‘Hip-Hop Kidz Bop’ Will Make Your Whole Day

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Ah, Kidz Bop. Since the dawn of the new millennium, the popular music franchise has been converting contemporary chart-toppers into kid-friendly hits.

In a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the night-time talk show host tapped Ice Cube and friends to rework some of their smashes #ForTheCulture – and for the kids.

In this three-minute video clip, kids perform hilarious renditions of Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” and A$AP Rocky‘s “F****n’ Problems.” They even got Lil Jon in on the fun. Whoever said hip-hop wasn’t for all ages was clearly unaware.

Watch below, and you’re welcome.

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N.W.A Inducted Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame By Kendrick Lamar

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Last night, Compton’s legendary rap group N.W.A was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — and who better to do the honors than Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar.

The Grammy-winning rapper made a touching speech about the group, paying tribute to their legacy and highlighting mentor Dr. Dre, who helped pave the way for him and other West-Coast rappers.

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Here are some of the highlights of Kendrick’s emotional speech:

On how N.W.A influenced his life:

“(Public Enemy’s) Chuck D once said rap and hip hop was the black CNN. N.W.A represent that to the fullest. Bringing inner city life to the forefront and making the world pay attention to our realities. … The fact that a famous group can look just like one of us, dress like one of us and talk like one of us proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you can be successful and still have importance while doing it. That was N.W.A. That was their true message. I know each and every one of them said they never wanted to be role models, but look: The first time I see Eazy bust through that screen out the jail cell on stage on We Want Eazy, I felt like every single one of them was black superheroes where I come from.”

What Dr. Dre has taught him:

“This dude here taught me a lot, as far as never being satisfied with the work you do, on and off the record. … No. 2, make sure you take care of your music and your family each and every single day. I never forget those words. Since the first day meeting me, you always gave me the energy, saying ‘Superstar!’ You never called me Kendrick Lamar. That gave me the belief in what I was doing and also gave me the energy of knowing I was doing it right. I appreciate you for that.” 

Congratulations to N.W.A on this well-deserved honor. Read more from Kendrick’s speech here.

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AM BUZZ: Fans Outraged At Janet Jackson For Postponing Tour, NWA Will Not Be Performing At Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame & More..

Janet Jackson Fans Outraged Over Postponed Tour

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While some people were happy to see Janet Jackson take time off to focus on building a family, fans who dropped money to see her perform are allegedly pissed off.

TMZ reports fans are outraged they will not be receiving refunds for the tour that is now postponed indefinitely.

Ticketmaster reportedly sent an email to ticket holders explaining since the tour is postponed and rescheduled, there are no refunds being issued.

Who wants to wait for Janet to have a baby to see her dance to “Control?”

Janet’s tour may be called “Unbreakable,” but the patience of her fans has reached its limit.

Do you all think this is fair?

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N.W.A’s Former Manager Files $100M Lawsuit Against Dr. Dre And Ice Cube

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Gerald “Jerry” Heller, the former manager of N.W.A played a large part in Ice Cube going solo and the group eventually disbanding because of his corrupt business practices.

Now he wants a piece of the profits from the biopic. According to Deadline, Heller believes he was inaccurately portrayed in the film and he’s seeking damages of $110 million from NBCUniversal, director F. Gary Gray, Legendary Pictures, the screenwriters of Straight Outta Compton as well as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the estate of Eazy-E.

The $110 million lawsuit is comprised of a $35 million request for monetary damages and $75 million in punitive and exemplary damages plus “restitution of all gains, profits and advantages.”

“The larger the success of the film, the greater the damages to Plaintiff, who has been and continues to be defamed, ridiculed, and robbed of his personal and financial rights to the extent that the intentional and egregious behavior of Defendants demands the imposing of punitive damages” reads the lawsuit filed by attorney Michael R. Shapiro.

The suit also claims that Jerry did not give permission for his image and likeness to be part of the biopic. Since Straight Outta Compton was released in August, it’s grossed over $200 million. Jerry believes he’s entitled to over half given that the character in the film, played by Paul Giamatti, is at the epicenter of the groups rise and fall.

Heller also alleges that “a significant amount of the Film’s content” was taken from his 2006 book Ruthless: A Memoir and screenplays that he owns…as if he was the sole member of NWA.

Jerry must have run out of the millions he swindled from the group back in the 80s and 90s, now he’s looking to do it again. He isn’t just trying to get over on naive teenage boys anymore, he’s also trying to sue the film studio which probably has an epic legal team. We doubt this lawsuit will hold up in court but stay tuned for the latest developments.

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“We Didn’t Want To Just Recreate The Headlines” -Ice Cube On ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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Veteran actor and rapper Ice Cube is the producer for the movie Straight Outta Compton about his group, NWA. The story chronicles when five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.

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The film premieres today and he talked to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about his son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. portrayal of him in the film and of course the rumored rift between he and Suge Knight.

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“I’m so proud of him. I’m more excited for him than the story about my former group. As a parent you just want your kids to stand up in the moment of truth and he did that.”

What the late Eazy E would be doing today:

“I think Eazy, his wheel was always turning. Right before he died he took Bone thugs and Harmony to the top. Now it would probably be something with the tech world.”

Suge Knight’s portrayal:

“These are the things we kinda researched. Some people were there. We try to be as accurate as possible.”

Click the link above to hear the entire interview and watch the trailer below.

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#MITM Show Will Be Premiering Dr. Dre’s Entire New Album Compton-The Soundtrack!

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The long await is finally here for Dr. Dre fans holding their breath for Detox, because we finally get new music from the doc. Dr. Dre will be releasing his final album tomorrow accompanied to the movie N.W.A, and the Monie In The Morning show will be playing the ENTIRE album tomorrow morning!

This is something you do not want to miss, the premier of Compton-The Soundtrack, in its entirety, only on Boom 107.9 Philadelphia!

5 Reasons You Must See Straight Outta Compton

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Last night was the Philadelphia screening of one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Straight Outta Compton. The film, based on the story of rap group NWA tells an interesting story of three hip-hop legends, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the late Eazy E  and what life was like growing up in the streets of Compton.

The movie screening included a live interview and Q&A session hosted by Fox 29’s Qunicy Harris with special guests, Ice Cube, his son Oshea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy E, and director F. Gary Gray.

If you aren’t already convinced to see the movie, check out 5 reasons to catch Straight Outta Compton in theaters August 14th.

  1. The movie contains great music. Aside from hit records from NWA’s catalog, it features music from other hip-hop artist and some timeless R&B your parents probably grew up on.
  2. Director, F. Gary Gray,  also directed other good movies such as Law Abiding Citizen and the classic film Friday. Additionally, he received assistance from other hip hop legends like DJ Jazzy Jeff.
  3. Aside from the girls, parties, and the lavish lifestyles, the movie displays a side of the music business many people may not get to see.
  4. The movie includes discussion on the disease HIV AIDS, during a time when people considered it a “gay man’s disease”.
  5. Last but not least, it allows viewers to see what racial tensions and police brutality were like during that era, which is very similar to the current state of Black America.

Click here for details on how to win a trip to the Los Angeles premiere.

Meet the Actor that Will Play Tupac in the NWA “Straight Out of Compton” Movie

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Tupac will make an appearance on the upcoming NWA movie by a new face who has an uncanny resemblance to fallen hip hop legend.

In the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, Tupac will played by actor Marcc RoseEntertainment Weekly confirmed the news with an Universal spokesperson and despite rumors, Rose is not currently attached to Carl Franklin’s Tupac biopic.

These pictures from his Instagram page shows how closely the actor resembles Tupac.

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Straight Outta Compton will hit theaters on Aug. 14th.

Which Member of N.W.A. Are You? [QUIZ]

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As fans of the most dangerous group in Hip Hop awaits the movie their biopic to be released in August, which member of N.W.A. are you more connected too?

The people at Buzzfeed came up with this clever quiz to tell you which N.W.A. character are you more like.

Click here to take the Which Member Of N.W.A Are You QUIZ?

 

Ice Cube is Ready For A Fist Fight

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Ice Cube eyes a new comedy film and is ready to climb in the ring.

Ice Cube and Charlie Day are in talks with New Line Cinema for a new comedy project Fist Fight.

According to Deadline.com, negotiations with the studio are in early stages and producers are meeting with directors now, with an eye toward a September start date.

The pic is in the tone of ’80s cult hit Three O’Clock High but a grown-up version: Day plays a mild-mannered English teacher who is put to the test when a colleague (Ice Cube) who thinks he is trying to get him fired challenges him to a fist fight after school.

Ice Cube is a producer on his N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, out August 14, and he has Ride Along 2 to follow on MLK Weekend and is shooting Barbershop 3.

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Boom Moment In Hip-Hop: N.W.A Releases Final Album As Rap Group

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Boom Moment In Hip-Hop (May 28th)

On this date in 1991, N.W.A released their second and final studio album Niggaz4Life or know as EFIL4ZAGGIN. The group would disband shortly after with the departure of Dr. Dre and songwriter The D.O.C’s to Death Row Records. The album lacked one key member, Ice Cube, as he already left the group a few years prior. The album did very well commercially, and reached No.1 on the Billboard 200 charts in its second week.

The album also had a mini documentary released after the album that chronicled the making of the album and 3 music videos. (which you can watch below)

 

The album caused major controversy due to its title choice, and was referred to as Straight Out of Compton 2 by some publications. Many censorship measures were being introduced at the time, causing the reversal of the title name, and the controversy surrounding the content of the music in regards to main stream America. The album was even removed from music stores in the United Kingdom.

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N.W.A’s run was short in years together, but there impact in hip-hop and music as a whole is undeniable, regardless the controversy it may have caused at that time. It was time for someone to voice the real issues of the inner city workings, and that’s exactly what they accomplished. This album to date has sold over 2 million copies world wide.

Move Over Rock-n-Roll, Hip Hop Is The Most Important Genre Over The Past Half Century

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There is no denying the impact hip-hop has had on mainstream music over the past 20 years. From fashion, to commercials, to endorsements, hip-hop is finally receiving its proper recognition, and this isn’t just my opinion, this is now based off of scientific fact.

Other than just seeing the obvious  world wide popularity hip-hop has had in the music culture, it is finally “being backed by hard data”, says a team of researchers from two London universities.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the researchers explain that they removed the “musical lore and aesthetic judgment” in favor of scientific accuracy.

“We had a sense that lots of people have opinions about popular music, but nobody has any objective evidence,” said Armand Leroi, one of the study’s authors.

The Evidence

Researchers gathered evidence by using a music recognition technology to analyze more than 17,000 songs that made up 86% of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 between 1960-2010. They then took that data and broke each song down to a 30-second clip, and grouped them in topics relating to harmony and timbre (basically breaking them down by sound).

The research then studied how the different topics fit into different genres and styles, and then based the growth or decline of popularity over the decades.

“Everybody thinks the best music was produced when they were 17 years old. We wanted to do something better than that,” Leroi, a professor of evolutionary biology at Imperial College London, told CNN.

The Conclusion

The most interesting of the findings concluded this:

•Rap music and related genres appear to be “the single most important event that has shaped the musical structure of the American charts” in the period of time covered.
•Despite the forever popularity of bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, they never set off the revolution in American music in 1964, despite the infamous “British Invasion” that swept the country at one time.
•Despite what a lot of people think about music sounding the same today, diversity in pop music increased in the 80’s and 90’s, right around the time hip-hop emerged and flourished.

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Whether you like it or not, there is no arguing the impact of hip-hop in America over the last half century. As far as commercialization, has it reached its peak? Only time will tell, but for hip-hop, its current artist are flourishing in a magnitude of ways musically and economically. This in major part is because of those hip-hop pioneers who paved the rode, who dealt with the scrutiny, who laid the foundation that we see today. That can never be overlooked.

As a genre, Hip-Hop is still an adolescent compared to some other genres, and that’s the best part about it. Where else can this genre go, how many more cultural and musical impacts across America, and now even the world, can hip-hop make?

And finally, us hip-hop heads do not have to base our arguments solely on opinion; there is now scientific data that backs this argument up. Move over Beatles and Rolling Stones, cause hip-hop is here to stay, and is “the single most important event that has shaped the musical structure of the American charts.” And to me, it is only the beginning.

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Boom Moment In Hip-Hop: Dr. Dre Releases ‘Deep Cover’ With Snoop Dogg

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BOOM MOMENT IN HIP-HOP

The West Coast began it’s rise to hip-hop power in the early 90’s, with Dr. Dre leading the charge. After his dispute with N.W.A, Dre branched out on his own, and on this date in 1992, and dropped his first solo single, “Deep Cover“. The song is also referred to as “187“, featured up and coming emcee Snoop Dogg.

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Though the song didn’t reach a lot of initial commercial success, it was a jumping off point to each of the West Coast legends careers as solo artist, and the first of many classics created by the two. This was the start of the rise of the West Coast and the popular sounds that were generated from Dre and many others from out there during this time in hip-hop as well.