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Chris Lighty, hip-hop manager extraordinaire, dies

Chris Lighty, the prolific manager who managed the careers of artists including Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, P. Diddy, 50 Cent and many more, died last night from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

August 30, 2012

Chris Lighty, the prolific manager who managed the careers of artists including Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, P. Diddy, 50 Cent and many more, died last night from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Lighty, who first became involved in the business as “Baby Chris, a member of DJ Red Alert’s crew, was the head of Violator Management, which is probably best known by audiences for the Violator: The Album and Violator: The Album 2.0 compilations that were released in 1999 and 2001. Lighty was also famously the butt of a joke in one of A Tribe Call Quests’ rhymes, when Q-Tip asked, on The Low End Theory, “What’s Chris Lighty if he wasn’t such a baby?”

According to police, after an argument with his estranged wife, he stepped outside and shot himself.

Read more: New York Daily News

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Update: Miss Info has a detailed overview of his life and achievements.

posted: August 30th, 2012, 1:50pm



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