Dear Chris Lighty,
I don’t even know where to start right now, I’m at a loss for words, but I just felt the need to put something down to pay my respect to you: the music industry’s superhero. Moments ago, while on the phone with a friend in London, I heard the news that you had passed from an alledged self-inflicted gunshot wound. Quickly, I got off the phone and then received a text from friend and West Coast rapper, Ras Kass who asked me what I was up to. My response was “Nada, just buggin over this Chris Lighty news.” He didn’t know what had happened and I felt horrible to be the bearer of such awful news. The impact you had on so many individuals’ lives is unmeasurable. Whether one personally knew you or not, you influenced us in some way, as fans of hip-hop.
You founded and ran the company, record label, marketing group and multi-media entertainment composite known to the world as Violator. Which managed the careers of many hip-hop and R&B artists that we have grown up to love and recite many of their hit songs. Some of your clients were Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mya, Diggy Simmons, Cormega, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Nas, JoJo Pellegrino and 50 Cent. Under this name, you released two albums, Violator: The Album, Vol. 1 and Violator: The Album, Vol. 2. Vol. 1 features Q-Tip’s first solo hit single, “Vivrant Thing”. All the while, managing Sean “Diddy” Combs.
As for marketing, in September 2009, you joined the Advisory Board of PURISTA premium cocktail mixers to assist in the completion of the company’s strategic marketing plans.
The following artists and producers are signed to Violator Management: Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Diggy Simmons, Charles Hamilton, Diddy, Swizz Beatz, Macy Gray, Missy Elliott, N.O.R.E., Gorilla Zoe, Papoose, Q-Tip, Red Alert, Saigon, Three 6 Mafia, Tony Yayo, Twista, Uncle Murda and Winky Wright.
Former artists were: Olivia, Big Pun (RIP), Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Foxy Brown, Teairra Mari, The Beatnuts and JoJo Pellegrino. Producers consist of: Dame Majes, Missy Elliott, Pete Rock, Three 6 Mafia, Roccstar.
Above info taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violator_(company)
At such a young age (44 years old), you were a hip-hop mogul and an inspiration to many of us aspiring to have a career in the entertainment industry. We will never forget the moves that you made to solidify the careers of many of our favorite artists in hip-hop and R&B. From what I’ve heard from many that worked with you, you were loyal, a friend and always looked out for their best interest at hand. As someone breaking into this industry, I admired your drive, dedication, passion and tenacity for the music industry and those around you. I never got the opportunity to meet you and say this to you in person, but I can only hope that you are now at rest and can see the words penned in this homage to you and your legacy. You will truly be missed. Thank you…