Thursday, August 30, 2012
Various sources have confirmed that pioneering hip-hop executive Chris Lighty has died. According to reports he died today of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He was the powerhouse behind Violater Records and management and guided the careers of hip-hop heavyweights like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot.
Chris Lighty began his career working for DJ Red Alert. He became a road manager for Boogie Down Productions and managed groups like The Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest. He was given the nickname “Baby Chris” for his good looks and to distinguish himself from his older friend Chris Ali. This will undoubtedly hit the music industry hard.
His family and friends are in our prayers!