According to reports, N.W.A. and Prince will join the likes of fellow iconic groups including Nirvana to have its music inducted.
Representing an array of tracks and albums, the 2017 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from the Jackson 5’s “ABC” to N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton. The list also features David Bowie’s “Changes,” Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings The Blues, Prince’s Sign “O” The Times, Merle Haggard’s Okie From Muskogee, and the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around.” (Grammy)
Earlier this year, ex-N.W.A. member Ice Cube spoke on his group’s former manager Jerry Heller dying.
“Whoa, watch your mouth,” Cube said to a radio host when told Jerry Heller made him and N.W.A. famous. “I didn’t have no emotions. I’m just glad I’m with my brothers today. I’m glad I’m with DJ Yella. I’m glad I’m with MC Ren today and it’s only right. So, you know, I ain’t gonna pop no champagne, but I ain’t gonna shed no tears either. 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.” (Hot 107.5)
Recently, Heller’s lawyer blamed Ice Cube’s Straight Outta Compton N.W.A. biopic for contributing to his client’s death.
In fact — Shapiro says things were so bad — Jerry barely slept and was “heart broken” over the entire thing. TMZ broke the story … Heller was in a car accident Friday around noon, the initial investigation states he may have suffered a medical emergency to cause the wreck. Shaprio says Jerry’s family has been told it appears he suffered a heart attack before the crash. Mickey says he believes the heart attack was brought on by the stress from the film and tells us, “Jerry Heller would be alive today if not for that movie.” (TMZ)
In early September, viral reports about Heller’s shocking death scattered across social media.
Jerry Heller, the original manager for N.W.A., has died according to sources with AllHipHop.com. He was 75. The businessman was widely recognized as the man that helped bring the controversial group to the masses along with Eazy-E. The cause of death is not yet known. (All Hip Hop)