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Jerry Heller Dies at age 75

Jerry Heller

According to our friends at All Hip Hop, NWA’s original manager, Jerry Heller, has died at the age of 75. This is still a developing story, so many of the details have yet to come to light, but the AHH article is attached.

“(AllHipHop News) Jerry Heller, the original manager for N.W.A., has died according to sources with AllHipHop.com. He was 75.The business man 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.

As a manager and business man, Heller began representing mainstream acts like Journey, Marvin Gaye, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrison, War, Average White Band, Ike & Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, The Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Four Tops, and many more in the 1960’s and 70’s. However, when he started working with Hip-Hop pioneer Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Heller’s career took on new life.

He was the co-founder of Ruthless Records with Eazy-E, a label that sold over 100 million records and launched the music careers of Wright, N.W.A., Michel’le, J.J. Fad, The D.O.C.,Above The Law and others.

In a 2006 interview with AllHipHop.com, Heller explained why he gravitated to West Coast rap music.

“I liked [West Coast Hip-Hop] because it was more melodic than East Coast Hip-Hop. Besides, whatever else it was, it had a sense a humor, which I didn’t think East coast Hip-Hop had,” Heller explained. “I started to manage some of the West coast groups, mainly the World Class Wrecking Cru, who were with Alonzo Williams, who I think is one of the most important guys in the history of West Coast Hip-Hop.”

At the time of death, Heller was embroiled in a lawsuit over his portrayal in the 2015 hit movie “Straight Outta Compton.” Heller felt the movie – produced by former N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, defamed him. A large part of the suit was dismissed in court earlier this summer.

Heller had a particularly contentious relationship with Ice Cube, who was the first to leave N.W.A. over money issues. His and Eazy’s relationship with Dr. Dre would soon sour and the sonic producer would go on to found competing brand Death Row Records.

“Ruthless: A Memoir, “Heller’s memoir, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2006.

Rapper King T, a West Coast Staple, sent a message on his social media. As AllHipHop broke the story, others began to send out their condolences, including DJ Chris “The Glove” Taylor, legendary radio jock Greg Mack and others from the scene.

Developing…”

 

Have You Heard the New De La Soul?

You know that “and the Anonymous Nobody” is coming in about 2 weeks, right? If not, below the video we have posted all the links we could find. Get it, spread the good word about it, and enjoy it! Until it’s available…here is the new single “Drawn” ft. Little Dragon. Let us know what you think by clicking on “Hit Us Up” to the right and leaving us a message.

Pre-order now: https://delasoul.lnk.to/andtheanonymousnobody 
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Afrika Bambaataa Steps Down

Afrika Bambaataa at Liquid Sky Store, NYC 5/11/99 ©Tina Paul 1999

In an unexpected (but totally expected) turn of events, the Amen Ra of the UZN has stepped down. The official statement from the Universal Zulu Nation is found below.

“Universal Zulu Nation Official Statement: International and Regional US UZN Leaders, Universal Zulu Nation

The Universal Zulu Nation wishes to announce that it is currently under new leadership by the International and Regional U.S. Zulu Leaders. This will involve a significant restructure and will feature an in-depth re-assessment of how the organization will function to better serve our communities. As part of this restructure ALL accused parties and those accused of covering up the current allegations of child molestation have been removed and have stepped down from their current positions.

Over the coming months there will be significant changes to the organization in terms of roles, structure and establishing the policies any organization of our size should have in place. There shall also be a new move to work towards providing support for victims of abuse, rape and molestation and working more closely on other social issues existing in communities such as drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health.

We are saddened by current events. Not only because of the trial by social media of which we have been subjected to as an organization, but because until now the previous leaders and founders have been ineffective at being able to respond in a way which our members and associates deserve of us. Especially when our good work spreading the Zulu message has empowered communities worldwide. We would like to offer our sincere apologies for this.

As an organization we are in a very difficult position because we are being asked to condemn one of our founders based on testimony through social media alone. We cannot do this. We also cannot dismiss the comments of parties asserting they have been harmed. We have a duty to search for truth. We also need to be mindful that if these allegations are true that victims discussing this in a public forum has not come easily. We the Universal Zulu Nation wish to extend great sympathy to anyone affected by such issues. We know that respect and compassion need to be at the forefront of how we deal with such topics in the future, this has been a lesson in learning for us.

The public is asking for justice and we would welcome constructive suggestions on how that could be effectuated properly. At the moment it is unclear on how best to proceed, we would like to know how the claimants would like to take the matters further towards some form of resolution where the truth can be established. We can not legally speak on behalf of the parties in question in regard to the current allegations. Individuals must speak up for themselves & advice from their legal teams should be sought.

Our restructure is a positive step towards organizational change for our worldwide family of members and the great community programs they continually run which spread the message of Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun.

To communicate with us during this time of transition please email us at info@universalzulunation.global”

Peace

International and Regional US Zulu Leaders

Universal Zulu Nation

Phife in a Nutshell

Last night, the Apollo Theater held a celebration of the life of the late, great, Phife Dawg. During this moving tribute, Phife’s family released one of the new tracks that he had been working on. It was as if Phife knew that we were all going to need more, so he left this to help us all cope. Check out the first track, “Nutshell” from Phife’s upcoming album; “Give Thanks”. Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

Wu Tang Meets Bill Murray

So, have you wondered what it would look like if the Wu and Bill Murray got together to pull off the heist of the century? If they were to liberate Once Upon a Time in Shaolin from Martin Shitdick? It would probably look like this.

Busta Rhymes and Friends

When the Hot 97 concert, “Hot For The Holidays”, advertises Busta Rhymes and Friends….you had better think long and hard about who his “friends” may be. If you have been listening to our show, you know that Leaders of the New School have been in the studio. You also know that A Tribe Called Quest was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. These are all things that should have been considered when wondering if one should attend “Busta Rhymes and Friends”.

I am one of those people who will show up to see a concert with all possibilities running through my mind. I will consider every person that has ever performed with the artist, every friend that I know that they have, anyone who could possibly show up during the concert and deliver that “oh shit” moment. Knowing what we know about Tribe and LONS, I would have considered this as an option, but not a realistic one. When I say that I think of all the possibilities, I also take in to consideration the odds that any of those people will show up. Normally, those odds are astronomical and more of a dream than a possibility. THIS show, turned out to defy all odds. If you had tickets to this show, you no doubt experienced that “oh shit” moment. For those of us who weren’t there…we will have to be happy with the video.

Look At These!

Kicks 2Kicks

Let me first start by saying, “How fucking fresh are these kicks?” Over the summer, I attended what was billed as a “mini-con” at my local library. While there, I met Jack and Nicole selling their hand painted sneakers. They had everything; The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints, Comic Book Men, Pennywise, you name it. I thought it was one of the greatest ideas I had come across in a long time. Who doesn’t want a pair of hand made custom sneakers? So I started thinking….and we all know how dangerous that is. I thought how dope it would be to have a pair of Mr. Throwback Thursday kicks!

After a long time of trying to decide exactly how I wanted them to look (and still not having a complete idea), I contacted Eclectic Goods and started the ball rolling. When we met, they had some questions, and already had some ideas to help complete my vision for these shoes. They took our logo and ran with the old school feel. Again….incredible result!

Jack and Nicole are great people. They care as much about the customer’s satisfaction with the product as they do about creating the product, itself. They don’t have a machine that mass produces items, they sit down and take hours upon hours to hand craft these masterpieces. This is not an item that you can get in a week, you must be patient. Let me tell you, though…..patience pays off.

You can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (as well as their website). Go order yourself a pair….sky is the limit. Make sure you tell them that Mr. Throwback Thursday sent you.