Days after the passing of former N.W.A manager Jerry Heller, Ice Cube revealed that he’ll take time to reflect on his relationship with Heller — both the ups and downs.
Cube was asked about his former manager during a recent interview with Detroit’s Local 4.
The rapper pointed out the timing of Heller’s death, given that he passed away on the weekend Cube performed with other N.W.A members MC Ren and DJ Yella, as well as The D.O.C. and other West Coasters at Detroit’s “Return Of The Legends” concert.
“It’s just ironic that I’m here tonight with MC Ren,” Ice Cube said. “With DJ Yella. We’ve come a long way. And to me, the passing of Jerry Heller is a thing that’s a part of life. You come here to pass away. We all gonna definitely reflect on our time with Jerry. The ups and the downs. And there you have it.”
Jerry Heller passed away over the weekend following a car crash, which may have come after he suffered a medical emergency. Shortly after Heller’s death, his lawyer stated that he “would be alive today” if it weren’t for the release of the Straight Outta Compton biopic.
After his departure from N.W.A, Ice Cube was critical of Heller, going in on his former manager with a scathing diss track called “No Vaseline” in 1991.
In regards to performing with the likes of MC Ren and DJ Yella almost 30 years after N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton album was released, Ice Cube expressed his amazement at the feat.
“It’s fun because we all know where we came from,” he said. “We all know our humble beginnings. When we were trying to get to this level. And to still be here on this day, so many years after the release of Straight Outta Compton. It’s amazing that people still wanna see us.”
Video of Ice Cube speaking on Jerry Heller’s passing, can be found below.