Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after apparently shooting himself in the head in his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.
Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — was found dead inside his South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said.
It appeared he died from a bullet to his head, sources said. A gun was recovered next to his body.
Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife, Veronica, last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS.
Violator (founded by Chris Lighty) specializes in managing the careers of hip hop and R&B performers and is also a record label. Included among Violator's past and present clients are Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mýa, Diggy Simmons, Cormega, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Nas, JoJo Pellegrino, and 50 Cent. Violator has released two compilation albums of material from its artists: Violator: The Album, Vol. 1 and Violator: The Album, Vol. 2. Vol. 1 features Q-Tip's first solo hit single, "Vivrant Thing". Chris is also the new manager for Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Cali emcees Murs and Fashawn present the Todd Angkasuwan-directed video for "Slash Gordan", the new single from their forthcoming collaboration album This Generation, dropping September 25 on Duck Down.
Jon-Oh! Causes Major Noise With Debut Mixtape "Pre-Ejaculation"
Courtesy Yo! PR.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Aspiring Hip-Hop newcomer Jon-Oh! is making major noise with his debut mixtape, "Pre-Ejaculation", which is now available for free download on DatPiff.com. Scoring over 26,000 views, 25.000 streams, and more than 10,000 downloads in a short period of time, "Pre-Ejaculation" is one of the most popular mixtapes recently released via the #1 online mixtape platform from an up-n-coming emcee.
"To see this many people digging my mixtape is a bit intoxicating honestly, but it also gives me the urge to put out more quality music for my fans and Hip-Hop lovers," says the Charleston, SC native.
Jon-Oh! or Mr. No Condom, as he is also known, has been developing a strong and dedicated fanbase via various online songs and videos for a short time now and it is surely only a matter of time before more people know of the name!
Son of a hustler, Jon- Oh! got an early taste for the good life and admits his exposure to such a lifestyle heavily influenced his work-rate today. Inspired by the head-nodding Hip-Hop beats of the 90's, Jon-oh! began to experiment with his craft writing lyrics at the tender age of ten.
With a style of his own that is rare to find, Jon-Oh! takes every element of emceeing from backpack cyphering to storytelling and weaves them as one harmonious, yet sporadic flow.
Creator of the "No Condom" concept and movement, this Charleston native infected the urban genre with his unique and fresh sound on his blazing debut mixtape, "Pre-Ejaculation".
Jon-Oh! is an heavily covered artist in the press with major features in prestigious and popular publications such as Hip Hop Weekly, TRUE Magazine, HYPE Magazine, and Yo! Raps Magazine.
Submission: Mayhem & Jerz - Fooled Ya feat. Revalation, Joey B. & Quite Nyce (prod. by Jerz)
Courtesy Chris Figueroa.
Boston bred MC, Mayhem (of EMS) & producer Jerz bring you their energetic New Single "Fooled Ya" ft. fellow EMS' member Revalation, Joey B. & Quite Nyce. Off of their upcoming collaborative album "MayJerzachusetts Island" dropping this Friday (8/31/2012)!!
Credits Include: Cashis (Shady/Interscope), Black Rob (DuckDown), Sean Price (DuckDown), Skyzoo (DuckDown), Canibus, Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Big Pooh (Little Brother), Skillz, Mistah FAB, Big Noyd, Kool G Rap, Patrice O'Neal, Easy Mccoy, MTV, VH1. "The Matrix" Feat.Trife, D Goode & Easy Mccoy. Produced By Centric Single Available July 4th off Universal/Motown
Homecoming The Mixtape...out now. Hosted by Wu Tang's/Coast 2 Coast Dj Pop Dukez
Atlanta and the Bay Area, despite their geographic distance from each other, have what may be the closest relationship of any two prominent cities in hip-hop; for years the two cities have embraced a true mutual admiration for the others' music scene. Further strengthening that relationship, one of Atlanta's most talented production crews, SMKA, has announced a partnership with leading Bay Area hip-hop site Thizzler On The Roof and environmentally friendly lifestyle brand C4 Belts to release a new mixtape, Darkest Before Dawn.