Rest In Peace: Hip-Hop Executive Chis Lighty Has Passed Away


It’s a sad day in hip-hop as we find that one of the pioneers in the music management game has passed way.

According to, pioneering hip-hop executive Chris Lighty has died…

Although not confirmed, is reporting that Lighty passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Chris Lightly was known as the powerhouse behind Violater Records and management guided the careers of hip-hop heavyweights like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot.

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.

Jeff Robinson, who was close to Lighty, confirmed the tragic news via Twitter.

Jeff Robinson ‏@thejeffrobinson

“So very sad about Chris lighty..Great long time friend,fellow bronxite and peer…incredible businessman and person.”

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