Today August 30th marks the one yearÂ anniversary of the passing of Violator Management’s Co-Founder Chris Lighty.
Violator wasÂ a record label, management, and marketing company, which representedÂ hip hopÂ artists such asÂ Nas,Â Ja Rule,Â Mobb Deep,Â Missy Elliott,Â L.L. Cool J,Â Uncle Murda, andÂ 50 Cent. He served asÂ Sean “Diddy” Combs’ manager.Â TheÂ New York TimesÂ called him “one of the most powerful figures in the hip-hop business.”
Lighty got his start in the music industry by carryingÂ vinyl recordÂ crates forÂ DJ Red Alert. ThenÂ Russell Simmons’ company,Â Rush Management, hired him. Lighty founded a management company in the early 1990s called Violator; the company is named after the gang he belonged to in the Bronx. Violator was responsible for getting L.L. Cool J aÂ GapÂ commercial in 1997. He also developed endorsements forÂ SpritewithÂ A Tribe Called Quest, and forÂ Mountain DewÂ withÂ Busta Rhymes. In 2004, Lighty brokered the largest brand endorsement deal in hip hop to date. He was the architect of what turned out to be one of the most lucrative deals in hip hop history: 50 Centâ€™sÂ Vitamin WaterÂ pact. WhenÂ Coca-ColaÂ paid $4.1 billion for the company three years later,Â 50 CentÂ walked away with $100 million, and Lighty received an undisclosed sum. In 2011, Lighty launched the websiteÂ “pleaselistentomydemo.com”, which allowed new artists to submit their music online and have top music executives listen to it for a fee of $10USD.Â The site is no longer active. Lighty worked forÂ Def Jam,Â JiveÂ andÂ Loud. He was chief executive of theÂ Brand Asset Group. In 2011, Violator merged with another company called Primary Wave; the two companies merged to form Primary Violator.Â Â Music Manager Leon Youngblood brokered a deal with Chris Lighty to get his son Roccstar signed to Violator in 2011, Chris signed off on the deal in May 2011.
Take a look at the schedule events below.
Tonight â€“ August 30th Â
93.1 JAMZ WJQM, Madison, WI â€“ 11 pm â€“ 1am Â ( CST )
(listen live tonight)Â http://www.madtownjamz.comÂ
SpeakerboxxRadio.com, Madison, WI â€“ ALL DAY Â ( CST )
Icebreakerradio.com, NC â€“ 7 pm â€“ 9 pm Â ( CST )
FreeAgentRadio.com, Brooklyn, NY â€“ 8 pm â€“ 10 pm Â ( EST )
Saturday â€“ August 31st Â
99.5 WUSR, Scranton, PA â€“ 10 pm â€“ 12 AM Â (EST)
B102 Jamz KBCE Alexandria LA â€“ 6 pm â€“ 10 pm Â ( CST )
107 Jamz KJMH Lake Charles LA â€“ 10 pm â€“ 2 am Â ( CST )
WJXM 105.7 The Beat Meridian MS â€“ 12 mn â€“ 3 am Â ( CST )
WGNG 106.3 The Heat Greenwood MS â€“ 11 pm â€“ 3 am Â ( CST )
Power 92 Jamz WMSU Starkville MS Â – 6 pm â€“ 10 pm Â ( CST )
Power 92 Jamz WESE Tupelo MS â€“ 6 pm â€“ 10 pm Â ( CST )
SpeakerboxxRadio.com, Madison, WI â€“ 2 pm â€“ 6 pm Â ( CST )
Sunday â€“ September 1st Â
Power1047.com, Baltimore, MD â€“ 12 pm â€“ 2pm ( EST)
Monday â€“ September 2nd
Â FreeAgentRadio.com, Brooklyn, NY â€“ 6 pm â€“ 8 pm Â ( EST )Â