Chris Lighty was more than a music executive. He was a pioneer who loved music. He valued every player on his team. He understood that if you wanted to get ahead you had to succeed as a team. He knew talent.
If anyone could understand what it took to make something work, it was Chris.
The music industry and fans took to twitter to express their love and admiration as news of his untimely death broke.
Here is just a sampling of what many had to say:
R I P Chris Lighty SMH to the mongrels that have made the BLACKmusic industry a depressing game to drag such good cats into a pit of bullsht—
Chuck D (@MrChuckD) August 30, 2012
Really sad & confused right now.. RIP to my OG CHRIS LIGHTY.. Damn..—
OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) August 30, 2012