N.W.A.’s ex-manager, Jerry Heller recently appeared on UGS Radio’s Murder Master Music Show to discuss a variety of topics including his relationship with Eazy-E, the upcoming Straight Outta Compton biopic, the hit-and-run accident allegedly involving Suge Knight, and more.
During the interview, Heller was asked about talking Eazy-E out of killing Suge Knight years ago, and comments he made later about regretting the remarks he made to Eazy. The former music manager says he still regrets talking Eazy “out of doing what he felt that he wanted to do” and added that the late rapper was right about his decision and he was wrong.
He also referred to Suge as “an evil human being” and revealed that Eazy knew the former Death Row Records CEO was trouble from the start.
“I think that Suge Knight is an evil human being,” Jerry Heller said. “And I always said when Suge Knight started to get involved—Cause he was a bodyguard at Ruthless. He drove Dre around sometimes. Usually he was with The D.O.C. Who I feel was probably the greatest, pure rapper. He and Rakim were the greatest pure rappers that I ever heard. But he was a bad guy. He was a bad guy then and he’s a worse guy now. The guy is lucky. And I think that like they say in Vegas to OJ Simpson, ‘It’s payback time’… Eric (Eazy-E) knew he was a problem from the beginning and that was that meeting when I talked him out of doing what he felt that he wanted to do. And if you know Eric, he was very firm in his ideas. And actually as it turned out that he was right and I was wrong.”
With the release of the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton scheduled for this August, Heller was asked if he’s seen a trailer for the film. He stated that he’s yet to see anything regarding the film and plans on watching the movie with his lawyer to ensure that the film is accurate.
“I haven’t seen anything yet,” he said. “I’m waiting until the movie comes out and I’ll be there in the front row with my lawyer and looking to make sure that it’s an accurate movie. Cause they didn’t reach out to me at all to give any kind of advice, or insight, or background. So, it’s hard for me to believe that they got it right. Well, I didn’t expect them to because that’s the way they are. But I certainly thought that Universal, or Warner Bros., or one of their companies would insist on it. I’m really shocked that even though they didn’t reach out that somebody didn’t reach out.”
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