Hip-Hop Mogul Chris Lighty, Founder Of Violator Managment, Passes Away [PHOTOS]
Chris Lighty, who had been instrumental to the careers of some of Hip-Hop's biggest stars through his company Violator Management, has passed away. Lighty was a manager to the stars, overseeing the careers of such artists like The Jungle Brothers, Diddy, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Q-Tip, Nas, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and a countless amount of others.
Under Lighty along with Mona Scott-Young, Violator released two compilation albums of material from its artists: Violator: The Album, Vol. 1 and Violator: The Album, Vol. 2. Vol. 1 featured Q-Tip's first solo hit single since breaking from A Tribe Called Quest, "Vivrant Thing."
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Details surrounding his passing are scarce at the moment. Hip-Hop Wired and Moguldom Media Group send out our deepest condolences to the Lighty family.
UPDATE: The New York Daily News reports that Lighty died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. The authorities also alleged that Lighty may have owed the IRS around $5 million.
This story is developing.
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