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August 4, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To talk to Jerry Heller these days, you've got to get past the rough exterior. Not his. The veteran music executive appears urbane and mild-mannered, more than you'd expect for the man who managed the seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A. It's Heller's new business location that seems forbidding. From the outside of the big slab of a building on Alvarado Street that is headquarters of the fledgling Hit A Lick Records, it looks like nobody's home. The entrance is protected by a pad-locked iron gate.
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September 24, 2006 | Chris Lee
IN the opening chapter of Jerry Heller's new memoir "Ruthless," the most pilloried music executive in hip-hop history acknowledges his controversial reputation by beating his detractors to the punch. He quotes various disses aimed at him by a who's who of gangsta rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and the Game. "I met Jerry Heller once and just didn't trust him," trumpets a blurb from Ice-T on the book's back cover.
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August 11, 2001
Hit A Lick Records co-founder Jerry Heller makes the statement, "N.W.A were the first great rap audio documentarians of the problems in our inner cities" ("Rap With Accent Marks," by Agustin Gurza, Aug. 4): As a longtime fan of hip-hop, let me correct him by pointing out that Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (led by rapper Melle Mel) are considered the pioneers of reality rap with their 1980 hit "The Message." This was followed by Run-DMC's "Hard Times" in 1983. Yes, N.W.A should be credited with illuminating the problems in South-Central and predicting the inevitable backlash of the Rodney King beating and the death of Latasha Harlins.
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August 11, 2001
Hit A Lick Records co-founder Jerry Heller makes the statement, "N.W.A were the first great rap audio documentarians of the problems in our inner cities" ("Rap With Accent Marks," by Agustin Gurza, Aug. 4): As a longtime fan of hip-hop, let me correct him by pointing out that Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (led by rapper Melle Mel) are considered the pioneers of reality rap with their 1980 hit "The Message." This was followed by Run-DMC's "Hard Times" in 1983. Yes, N.W.A should be credited with illuminating the problems in South-Central and predicting the inevitable backlash of the Rodney King beating and the death of Latasha Harlins.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2006 | Chris Lee
IN the opening chapter of Jerry Heller's new memoir "Ruthless," the most pilloried music executive in hip-hop history acknowledges his controversial reputation by beating his detractors to the punch. He quotes various disses aimed at him by a who's who of gangsta rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and the Game. "I met Jerry Heller once and just didn't trust him," trumpets a blurb from Ice-T on the book's back cover.
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April 24, 1995 | CHUCK PHILIPS and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even before AIDS-stricken rap star Eric (Eazy-E) Wright was laid to rest earlier this month, Wright's former lovers and business associates were haggling in Los Angeles Superior Court for control over his dwindling fortune. "It's sad and it's shocking," said the rapper's 26-year-old widow, Tomica Woods Wright, who has a year-old child by Wright and is pregnant with another, due in September. "A lot of people who claim to know (Wright) really didn't.
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October 5, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
First Amendment activists and a member of Congress said this week that the FBI may have stepped out of line with a letter accusing a Compton rap group of encouraging "violence against and disrespect" for law enforcement officers. "The FBI should stay out of the business of censorship," said Rep. Don Edwards (D-San Jose), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on civil and constitutional rights, when informed of an Aug.
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April 14, 2002 | TERRY MCDERMOTT
The beginning of the end of life as we know it occurred here, on a beaten patch of asphalt out in the vast, flat no man's land of greater Los Angeles. The beginning of the end came unannounced. There was no salute, no blast of trumpets or heavenly choir. It came in the sunken heat of summer at an abandoned drive-in movie theater called the Roadium. The Roadium was graced by a grand arched gate that, in its day, promised entry to whatever secret kingdom Hollywood could conjure.
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August 4, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To talk to Jerry Heller these days, you've got to get past the rough exterior. Not his. The veteran music executive appears urbane and mild-mannered, more than you'd expect for the man who managed the seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A. It's Heller's new business location that seems forbidding. From the outside of the big slab of a building on Alvarado Street that is headquarters of the fledgling Hit A Lick Records, it looks like nobody's home. The entrance is protected by a pad-locked iron gate.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1996
Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, the Cranberries, Cypress Hill and the Allman Brothers Band are among the big names set to appear on "On Tour," a public television series of 26 shows featuring live rock performances that will start airing in June. The hourlong shows will feature three acts doing three songs each. Up-and-comers scheduled include the Fugees, Tony Rich and the Verve Pipe. . . . Garth Brooks is recording every concert on his 1996 tour while considering whether to release a live album.
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