Various sources have confirmed that pioneering hip-hop executive Chris Lighty has died. The native of the Bronx died today of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The powerhouse behind Violater Records and management guided the careers of hip-hop heavyweights like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott.
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.
As reported by NewsOne.com…
Lighty was found at 11:30 AM in the backyard of his Bronx apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene where a semi-automatic firearm was also recovered. According to several reports, the music mogul had just gotten into an argument with his ex-wife. Sources say, he wasn’t the same since their divorce, last year.