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On August 30, Chris Lighty passed away. Many who knew him are still struggling with the idea that he is gone. On Wednesday's MTV RapFix Live, former Violator Management President and Co-founder Mona Scott-Young and Missy Elliot talked with Sway about the impact Chris had on the business and their lives.
"I think sometimes it's good to do history," Missy said. "He's somebody that if anybody is trying to do management, A&R or whatever, I think you should know who Chris Lighty is. He built so many careers. He had that cockiness, but it worked for him because he made sure that all of his artists was good. He worked hard for all of us. He was just a go-getter."
Sway remembered a funny story about Chris and 50 Cent.
"I remember when [Chris] first started working with 50," Sway recalled. "And he brought 50 in here to do his first MTV interview before people even knew who he was. And I was talking to 50 and 50 was just saying the most wild things. This was early 50. And Chris and I got into it because he thought I was egging it on. And I almost smiled at him like, 'man I appreciate your passion for your artists."
Mona also spoke fondly of Chris as she reminded viewers of just how far back Chris's contributions to the industry go.
"I don't think people understand the magnitude of who he was and what he contributed," she said. "From the forefront it seems like it started with a 50, Busta or Missy, but this is a guy who goes back to Afrika Bambaataa, A Tribe Called Quest, the Rush days, the early Def Jam days. His contributions are innumerable, and I'm still reeling from it. It just still seems surreal to me."