Remembering Chris Lighty

Danyel Smith wrote a great piece about Lighty over at NPR:

Chris himself moved through life with a smooth, mean grace cultivated with his siblings, the notorious Lighty Brothers, in the rust and rubble of the ’70s and ’80s Bronx. This during an era when crack was only wack if you were doing it (as opposed to selling it) and when hip-hop was learning to walk in the Sedgwick Avenue apartment of DJ Kool Herc. Chris Lighty has been down with hip-hop since Day One. He comes from a generation of entrepreneurs — Russell Simmons, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter — who dared act a part close to their actual selves in corporate America. They studied Berry Gordy and Ahmet Ertegun. They told each other tragedy-laced stories about black artists of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s who “died broke,” or “didn’t keep their publishing,” or just plain old got played by a business that used and abused them. Lighty — and I know this because he’s told me — wasn’t having any of that. He wanted to, and did, win.

Writing for Complex, Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, explains what is was about Lighty’s character that helped him take Rap to another level:

What I do know is that Chris had seen his share of problems over the years and succeeded despite it all. It’s what made him so compelling as a character. Chris Lighty was passionately and sometimes violently loyal to his friends. The boy who busted up the Latin Quarter with his crew the Violators became the man who faced down Suge Knight to protect his mentor, Lyor Cohen. It’s that same heart that made him feel so acutely the pain of betrayal by people like Cohen, or Michael Ovitz, or any number of knuckleheaded artists who, to paraphrase that great poet Jerry Maguire, just couldn’t help Lighty help them.

In related news, Dave Lighty shared some of the suspicions he has about the circumstances of his brother’s death with Lisa Evers. The death has now been officially ruled a suicide by the medical examiner. Audio below via IFWT.

 

See also: Datwon Thomas for the New York Daily News | Jon Caramanica for the New York Times

Finally, DJ Wonder’s Lighty tribute mix. Tracklist here.

Previously: Lisa Evers Reports on Death of Chris Lighty


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26 Responses to “Remembering Chris Lighty”

  1. Casket Face Says:

    559-726-1000

    915331#

    …let go

  2. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Niggas is hoes
    Where da 16s
    Where’s da tough talk?

    1033810

  3. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Niggas made me leave the Nike store for this?!?

  4. cOLD Says:

    damn oned himself over a bitch.

    lifes ill.

  5. cOLD Says:

    lol, nigga in that cubi life, gotta be church mouse status,.

  6. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Where r they now?!?

  7. ayo Says:

    Collect call from jail inmate

    Doesnt accept

  8. JDS of the Cobra Kai Dojo Says:

    tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    Niggas is hoes
    Where da 16s
    Where’s da tough talk?

    ^^

    Lol!

    He dipped out again after all that boasting. Smh.

    *Time Lapse for FUPM Confronting Frankie*

    0 Mos – 0 Days – 1 Hrs – 12 Min – 23 Sec…

    0 Mos – 0 Days – 1 Hrs – 12 Min – 24 Sec…

    0 Mos – 0 Days – 1 Hrs – 12 Min – 25 Sec…

  9. cOLD Says:

    this is painful to listen to, im in that cubi life, so I can be as vocal

  10. Troyvul Says:

    0 Mos – 0 Days – 1 Hrs – 12 Min – 23 Sec…

    0 Mos – 0 Days – 1 Hrs – 12 Min – 24 Sec…

    0 Mos – 0 Days – 1 Hrs – 12 Min – 25 Sec…
    ^
    lmao

  11. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    “u livin broke life kid i can’t be u nigga
    1720 N 5th I’m a see u nigga!”

  12. Casket Face Says:

    niggas had me leave the kiosk and they aint rise to the call of action…shout out to tkf, kush, and cold …rest you niggas cant type tough for a while.

  13. cOLD Says:

    damm Veronica Lighty is bad.
    she had that badu/kelis puss obviously

    you can tell the nigga lighty was suffering from depression, just by how bloated he looks in that ny daily news pic. compared to a 2009 pic. Bitches be stressing niggas into depression, forcing them to take meds

    so lets say that bitch was so fucked up he couldnt tolerate her, you leave that bitch to be the sole custodian of you kids ?

    there has to be more to this.

  14. Troyvul Says:

    niggas had me leave the kiosk and they aint rise to the call of action…shout out to tkf, kush, and cold …rest you niggas cant type tough for a while.
    ^
    Be back in 15min ether

  15. cOLD Says:

    I’M TIRED OF THIS > I CANT TAKE THIS SHIT ANYMORE

  16. Troyvul Says:

    You make it big, do you still bring your old hoes around?

  17. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    *daps b*

  18. Big_seth Says:

    Casket Face
    1 min ago
    niggas had me leave the kiosk and they aint rise to the call of action…shout out to tkf, kush, and cold …rest you niggas cant type tough for a while.
    ^^

    Stop callin niggas

  19. cOLD Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=Y3BsKOV4G1Y

    ^ SCARFACE suicidal toughts >>>

  20. ayo Says:

    Fuck your call to action

    BREAK BREAD

  21. cOLD Says:

    sometimes you may drink till the bottom empty
    smoke a cig and cry yourself to sleep.
    dark times.
    maaaan.

  22. cOLD Says:

    my man Berk used to down a pint, and sound like Scarface, flow for days.

    myyy nigga.

  23. cOLD Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=xNhIQMs1HyY

    just-ice & krs one – moshitup >>>

  24. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Fuck boy

    Only 45 u tote is words per minute
    Don’t talk dat street shit if Yount live it
    Used to move trees yup to get my geez up

    Just cuz I’m degreed up don’t mean u can’t get Swiss cheesed up
    No bun no bread just beef
    A ounce a kush my youngin leave ya brains in da streets

    I asked my niggas /they said you was nobody 
    What da fuck u doin wit a gun? you no bodies!
    Back seat fuck nigga Yount even ride shotty
    But u type online like you John Gotti!

    16 Os sell em 5 a piece
    7 days later dat I’ll be 6Gs
    Well connected tho I only paid 3
    And that’s quick math
    N I’m bumpin dat riff raff
    Nigga I gets cash
    U soft
    Feminine frail 
    Nigga you bitch ass

    I kno it’s crazy 
    Got niggas datll blast for me
    They askin fee
    Is only like a half a G

    2 carats in my ear iont hear u nigga
    Fear no nigga 
    Show up to Philly kill u nigga

    -00

  25. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    Is the call lines still open?

    I have to finish up some docus.

  26. spirit equality Says:

    great piece on chris.

    i salute you, eskay. in tragedies like this, nah right really stands head and shoulders above other blogs from a serious coverage standpoint. you and miss info really step up to the plate when the culture takes a hit.

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