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Died On This Date (August 30, 2013) Chris Lighty / Managed 50 Cent, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule

Posted by themusicsover on August 30, 2012

Chris Lighty
DOB Unknown – August 30, 2012

Chris Lighty was a respected artist manager who counted Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule and 50 Cent as clients.  Raised in New York City, Lighty landed his first significant gig in 1988 with Russell Simmon’s Rush Management.  After learning the ropes and building a solid reputation as a man who could build brands, Lighty formed Violator Management.  His early roster included Busta Rhymes, L L Cool J, and Missy Elliott.  Before long, Lighty was representing some of the biggest names in entertainment, and while doing so, becoming one of the most significant business forces in rap history.  Chris Lighty reportedly died from a self-inflected gunshot wound at his home on August 30, 2012. He was 44.

Thanks Kelly Samojlik at New Releases Now for the assist.

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Died On This Date (July 18, 2012) Ms. Melodie / Boogie Down Productions

Posted by themusicsover on July 18, 2012

Ms. Melodie (Born Ramona Scott)
DOB Unknown – July 18, 2012

Ramona Scott, known professionally as Ms. Melodie, was a rapper and MC who was part of her one-time husband, KRS-One’ s group, Boogie Down Productions.  She remained with the outfit until their divorce in 1992.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Scott released her first 12″ record, “Hype According To Ms. Melodie” in 1988.  She followed that up with her one and only album, the mostly KRS-One produced, Diva in 1989.  The album featured the hits, “Live On Stage” and “Wake Up, Wake Up,” which cracked the top 20 of Billboard’s Rap Singles Chart. Both received significant video airplay on MTV and other outlets.  On July 18, 2012, it was announced that Ramona Scott passed away earlier that day.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (June 7, 2012) Lil’ Phat / Up-And-Coming Atlanta Rapper

Posted by themusicsover on June 7, 2012

 Lil Phat (Born Melvin Vernell III)
DOB Unknown – June 7, 2012

Known professionally as Lil’ Phat, Melvin Vernell was an Atlanta area rapper who collaborated with Trill Entertainment’s Webbie and Lil’ Boosie on the 2008 hit song, “Independent,” which reached #9 on the Billboard singles chart and twice topped the rap charts.  On his own, Lil’ Phat released a handful of records including Life Of A Yungsta and Death Before Dishonor.  Police reports indicate that on June 7, 2012, Lil’ Phat was shot by an assailant or assailants in an area hospital parking structure.  Neither the suspect(s) nor a motive were initially determined.  Lil’ Phat was 19.

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Died On This Date (May 4, 2012) Adam Yauch / MCA Of The Beastie Boys

Posted by themusicsover on May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch
August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012

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Known on stage as MCA, Adam Yauch was a founding member of influential hip hop trio, the Beastie Boys.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself how to play the bass and formed the Beastie Boys while still in high school. Initially a hardcore punk band, the Beasties began transitioning toward hip hop with their 1983 12-inch record, “Cookie Puss” – which quickly became an underground dance hit in New York City.  Within a year, they were full-on hip hop. In 1986, the group released their debut full length, Licensed To Ill, which, with a little help from MTV, made them international stars.  The raucous video for the album’s “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” is one of MTV’s most popular videos of all time.  Licensed To Ill went on to sell over 40 million albums worldwide and is considered one of the most influential albums of its era.  The Beasties released several more charting albums over the next two decades and in 2012 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Yauch directed many of the group’s videos along with their groundbreaking concert film, Awesome, I Fuckin’ Shot That, which was released in 2006.  Away from the Beasties, Yauch produced such albums as Bad BrainsBuild A Nation.  His likeness appeared in video games like NBA Street V3, Tony Hawks Proving Ground, and NBA Jam.  In 2009, Adam Yauch learned began treatment for cancerous gland. He ultimately died of cancer on May 4, 2012.  He was 47.

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Died On This Date (February 1, 2012) Don Cornelius / Creator & Host Of “Soul Train”

Posted by themusicsover on February 1, 2012

Don Cornelius
September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012

Don Cornelius was the creator, writer, producer, and host of the extremely influential American dance program, Soul Train.  Launched in October of 1961 after Cornelius noticed a void of nationally broadcast television shows that catered to the African-American audience, Soul Train ran until March of 2006.  Cornelius hosted the program from its inception until 1993.  Soul Train has been praised for influencing countless African-American kids while bringing black music into the white neighborhoods.  Over the years, the show featured lip-synched performances by everyone from James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, to Michael Jackson, Ice Cube and Prince.  Two popular segments of the show were the “Soul Train Scrabble Board” where two dancers tried to un-scramble letters to identify a significant person in African-American culture, and the oft-imitated “Soul Train Line” where the dancers formed two lines and then strutted their stuff with a partner down the middle.  In 1987, Cornelius launched the Soul Train Awards, a nationally broadcast program that honored the year’s best artists in R&B, Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop.  The show ran until 2000.  Throughout the years, Cornelius was honored and/or parodied in countless sit-coms, rap songs, and films.   In the early hours of February 1, 2012, police responded to the home of Don Cornelius where they found him dead of what initially appeared to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He was 75.

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