Chris Lighty, one of the most notable music executives on the Hip-Hop side of things, has a story that is certainly worth telling. Nearly five years since his death by a reported suicide, the head of the Violator record label and music management company will be the focus of a new podcast titled Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty.
The podcast, which is set to air this month, is s six-part series from Gimlet Media and the Loud Speakers Network, both of whom are working alongside Spotify for this venture. Loud Speakers Network co-founder, Reggie Ossé, better known as Combat Jack, will host the podcast, according to a Vulture report.
Ossé, who ran in many of the same circles on the executive side himself, will be back up by original music from DJ Prince Paul. Over the course of the episodes, the show hopes to reveal layers of Lighty’s life that led him to manage and influence the careers of LL Cool J, Missy Elliot, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and several other stars.
The Lighty family, along with 50 Cent and others, have questioned the details of the executive’s tragic death in 2012. A private investigator hired by Lighty’s mother expressed doubt in the death being caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Mogul will be a Spotify exclusive when it debuts on April 27 and will be released to other streaming networks in time.