Chris Lighty Dead at 44, Hip Hop Music Executive

    August 31, 2012
    Chad Sweely
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If you know the hip-hop artists of: Nas, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, Missy Elliott, L.L. Cool J, and 50 Cent, the person responsible for their success is Chris Lighty, founder and manager of Violator Entertainment. Unfortunately, this leader in the hip-hop music world died on August 30th, 2012, at the age of 44.

Lighty, a Bronx, New York native, started his career in the music niche by founding the Violator music company in the 90’s, named after a gang he used to be involved with.

2004 was a major year for Lighty and Violator. Lighty was involved with the largest brand endorsement deal in hip-hop history, branding 50 Cent’s “Vitamin Water” product. The Coca-Cola company then bought this product from Violator, paying $4.1 million dollars. According to Forbes, 50 Cent received $100 million dollars from this deal.

Another great product that Lighty recently developed under Violator was the website of PleaseListenToMyDemo.com (still in beta), allowing new artists to submit their music online and have top music executives listen to the demo track(s) they submit to the site.

On Thursday, August 30th, 2012, Chris Lighty was found dead in his Bronx apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lighty was 44 years old. Various fans of Lighty’s musical direction have left their respects via Twitter.

  • BangerDee

    I just don’t believe Chris did that it’s some foul play somewhere and it will come out the music industry is dirty and full of greed and backstabbing R.I.P Chris

  • Gavreil

    The end of days comes for each and every one of us. It is sad, and we should remember them. Pray for their souls, and their families. Our lives are made better by many of those having past away. Life itself is a gift, and those of us whom may make this a better world for others have gained abundently.

  • http://www.drfloyddarden@freewebs.com DR.FLOYD DARDEN

    The music world will miss you. Many younger kids, on the way up as potentially new Hip Hop stars—looking for help will miss you.
    The news reports are saying that, [Chris Lighty was found dead in his Bronx apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound]. I’m not sure I believe it was self-inflicted, having live in New Brooklyn York and understanding the problems some kids experience in the Bronx trying to grow up etc…”one wonders, if gangs are still flourishing in and around where Mr. Lighty grew up”. Maybe he needed to speak with one-[even–clergy]; lean on a shoulder; or cry in someones arms he could really trust to not reveal his deeper inner most troubles….the same thought I had about the Great Whitney Houston Tragedy….so, so sad.