R.I.P. Violator Management Founder Chris Lighty

Violater Management founder Chris Lighty has passed away…

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Sources close to VIBE have confirmed that Violater Management founder Chris Lighty has passed away.

Violater has worked with stars such as Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mýa, Diggy Simmons, Cormega, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Nas, and more.

Jeff Robinson, who was close to Lighty, confirmed the tragic news on Twitter.

Jeff Robinson ‏@thejeffrobinson “So very sad about Chris lighty..Great long time friend,fellow bronxite and peer…incredible businessman and person.”

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

More industry insiders have sent their condolences.

Karen Ciѵil ‏(@KarenCivil) Devastated to hear about the loss of Chris Lighty. My prayers & thoughts are with his family.

Decon (@Decon) RIP Chris Lighty. Our deepest condolences to his friends, family & team.

SCRAM JONES ‏(@SCRAMJONES) R.I.P. Chris Lighty – thats just crazy – #1 Hip Hop Manager

Source: Vibe

Update:

According to Daily News, 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.

Source: Sways Universe

 

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[New Music] Skyzoo – Theo Vs. J.J. (Dreams Vs. Reality) (Mixtape)

Picking up where The Great Debater left off, Skyzoo…


Illustration by Lesean Thomas.

Picking up where The Great Debater left off, Skyzoo builds the bridge to his upcoming album A Dream Deferred with a new mixtape. Tracklist, stream and download link after the jump.

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Tracks 1, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 can be downloaded from the player above; while purchasing the project on iTunes will get you the rest.

Source: 2DopeBoyz

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[New Music] That’s Me – Butta Verses (prod. by Lord Finesse) – Hip Hop Heat

After nearly a three year hiatus, the Bronx-bred spitter…

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After nearly a three year hiatus, the Bronx-bred spitter Butta Verses, who now calls South Florida home, has returned with a Lord Finesse produced single titled “That’s Me,” in promotion for his forthcoming mixtape. Although a working title for the project is yet to be finalized, the mixtape, which is slated for a September 18th release, boasts production from Marco Polo, The Mighty V.I.C. (The Beatnuts, Groove Merchantz, Ghetto Pros), BeanOne (of Dyme Def) and more. The mixtape is being released by Beats & Rhymes, a sub division of DeWolfe Music USA that specializes in music licensing for film and TV…stay tuned!

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Who Are The Alumni And What Are The Doing?

Can you name these artists? If you can’t…

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Can you name these artists?  If you can’t you really need to do your homework. These emcees help your favorite Hip Hop artist (and even your least favorite) get to where they are now.  Without them there would be no us (at least speaking for LexZyne Productions).  Thanks to @thesselonious for putting us on.

Check The Alumni.  The answers to the questions are hidden in the video.

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Native Tongues Chi-Ali Is Now Back Home

Native Tongues Chi-Ali is now back home…

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First off, welcome home Chi!!

History:

Griffith was the youngest, if slightly tangential, member of the Native Tongue posse of early-’90s conscious hip-hop artists that included De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers, among others. He first appeared — at the age of 14 — on “Pass the 40,” from Black Sheep’s hit 1990 LP, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. The duo’s Dres returned the favor, rhyming on The Fabulous Chi-Ali, which also featured cameos by De La Soul’s Trugoy and A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg. Production on the album, which was released when Griffith was 16, was handled by top Queens, New York, duo the Beatnuts. It contained the hit single “Age Ain’t Nothin’ but a #.”

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Chi Ali Griffith, who rapped as Chi-Ali, was arrested March 5 in the Bronx, New York, more than a year after fleeing a murder charge, according to a spokesperson for the borough’s district attorney’s office.

Griffith, 24, was busted for alleged marijuana possession and criminal possession of a weapon (a loaded 9 mm pistol) at approximately 6:30 a.m. in an apartment in the Parkchester section of the Bronx.

The former rapper, who released his only album, The Fabulous Chi-Ali, in 1992, allegedly shot and killed Sean Raymond, the brother of his then-girlfriend, in the southeast Bronx on January 14, 2000. Griffith was charged at the time with second-degree murder, illegal firearm use, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. He had escaped arrest until last week, despite appearing on the television program “America’s Most Wanted” twice in the past year.

Griffith is being held without bail, following his March 6 arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court. His next hearing is set for March 30 at Bronx State Supreme Court.

His lawyer in the case, Anthony Martone, could not be reached for comment.

Source: MTV

Based on Dres‘ (Blacksheep) reaction,  Native Tongues is about to slap you in the throat with some more great music.

Welcome home Chi!!!!

Blast It Or Trash It: Raw & Homemade 3 – Tranzformer

We found some new dope music to share with you and…

Ok, we found some new dope music to share with you and of course we want to know what you think.  Blast It Or Trash It?  The music is for you so we want to know what YOU think.

The BBAS affiliate lets loose his free (sort of) LP for the masses, with features by J57 & Koncept of BBAS, plus Co$$, Blame One, Guilty Simpson, Tenacity and more! Entirely produced by Tranzformer. Hit the bandcamp link below and name your price for the LP. 50 cents, $9.99, whatever.

Source: 2 DopeBoyz

Are Lyrics Making A Comeback? Check This: [New Music] Welcome 2 Hell – Tha Centop

This is one of his first visual offerings, “Welcome 2 Hell”…

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Tha Centop was on a short hiatus, but his music is coming back with a vengeance!  This is one of his first visual offerings, “Welcome 2 Hell” with one of our compadres in front of  the camera, Free.

What do you think about it?

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Hip Hop Video Of The Year? “Big Beast” – Killer Mike ft. Bun B, T.I., Trouble, El P

Could this be the REAL Hip Hop video of the year…

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Could this be the REAL Hip Hop video of the year?  Our opinion is, “yes”, but we want to know what you think.  Killer Mike teamed up with El P on his latest project R.A.P. Music.

I’ve been listening to it consistently since i got it and haven’t been disappointed or tired yet.   Check the review from our family over at RapReveiws.com by clicking HERE, but watch the video below and let us know what you think.

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A Sneak Peak At “No Face Mask” – Pinc Gator And LexZyne Productions

Pinc Gator teamed up with LexZyne Productions and Dank Studios…

Pinc Gator teamed up with LexZyne Productions and Dank Studios (Houston) to formulate “No Face Mask” due out soon.  Us being who WE are wanted to slap you in the eye ball with an unmixed appetizer.  Feel free to let us know what you think.

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Blast It Or Trash It: Unite Us – The Black Chamber Movement ft. Slim Gravy

Black Chamber Movement creates music that brings awareness to…

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Blast It Or Trash It?  Listen to this joint and leave  a comment to let us know.   What do YOU think?

Blast It Or Trash It?

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The Black Chamber Movement was established in 2006 with a  foundation based on “Highest truth not the biased truth”. Chamber Rebels include 4 emcees :SamUiLL, Pihon, Dezyne, 7Knuckles and graphic/visual artist Diplomatiq. Each experiencing a first world existence through a third world perspective, the Chamber Rebels bring a unique artistic style and approach to music while offering something with more substance and stimulation then provided by mainstream today. Keeping messages in their music dedicated to shedding light on world issues and events from historical to current times and described as “journalists on a beat” , Chamber Rebel’s revolutionary music movement speaks on topics ranging from poverty, war, religion, politics, and social injustice.

Black Chamber Movement creates music that brings awareness to listeners, elevates minds and encourages people to a more free thinking, open minded world. In addition to being activists through music, Chamber Rebels are involved with several groups and grass roots organizations that are structured to rebuild broken communities and focused on the liberation of oppressed people everywhere. The collective keep working to bring a conscious awakening and hope through music to help steer our world towards a positive direction.

Source:  Chamber Rebels