We know the songs, but it's part of human nature - we only notice the stars. Over the years along the red carpet countless photographs have been taken of hip-hop greats as P. Diddy, 50 Cent, Missy Elliot and Mariah Carey to name a few. If the photographs where wide enough, you would see Chris Lighty, hey hip-hop mogul whose footprints in the industry goes back to it's roots.
From a Tribe Called Quest, to the Jungle Brothers, to Brand Nubians - Lighty's life parallels the rise of hip-hop itself. Beginning his work at the most menial level, including carrying record crates for DJ's, he would become the entrepreneurial mind and key endorsement negotiator for top artists. Getting endorsement deals for an industry many thought would never receive commercial support.
Born the oldest of six children to a single mother, he parlayed his caretaking responsibilities into a profession. Even though he received a scholarship in college, he worked to support his siblings.
On Thursday morning, while moving out of his Bronx home in Riverdale Lighty apparently shot himself with a 9 mm handgun. There are reports that it followed an argument with his estranged wife. Chris Lighty was 44 and leaves behind a 6 year-old son, Jaden.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times