Ruthless: A Memoir

Ruthless: A Memoir
by Jerry Heller, with Gil Reavill [Simon and Schuster]

The Hollywood record mogul who founded Ruthless Records with NWA's Eazy E looks back on the fat and lean days of the label, including his many colorful encounters with up-and-coming musicians, industry players and thugs. Inspired by Jeff Chang's (much broader) history of hip-hop, Can't Stop Won't Stop, Heller's book is an engaging read for those interested in the business and social scenes behind the emergence of west coast gangsta rap in the late 80s and early 90s. -jl

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