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Spotify Premieres New Podcast Series Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty

Host Reggie Ossé (aka Combat Jack) tells the story of the music executive who changed hip-hop and shaped the careers of some of its most beloved artists: LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, and more. With one of the most illustrious careers in music, Chris Lighty rose to the pinnacle of musical success before an untimely end. This story is broader than just music — it’s the story of the American Dream. The series will be hosted by Reggie and feature commentary from Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Warren G, Troy Carter and others. It is produced in partnership with Gimlet Media and Loudspeaker Network.

Check out the new podcast HERE.

Series Description

Chris Lighty’s story is the story of hip-hop. His childhood in the Bronx was soaked in 1970’s hip-hop culture, the first electric moments of a brand-new scene. Lighty fell in love with the music, and soon he was carrying crates of records for the pioneering DJ Red Alert, and hitting the road with legendary acts like The Jungle Brothers and De La Soul. Then he became a hip-hop legend himself: discovering artists like Foxy Brown and Fat Joe, making the careers of superstars like 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes, and masterminding some of the industry’s most lucrative deals. Lighty was the rare executive who was comfortable in both the streets and the boardroom. But while he expertly managed the lives of everyone around him, his personal problems became unmanageable. And in 2012, he was found dead at his house in the Bronx, an apparent suicide that left the music world reeling.

Touching on issues of race, mental illness, the commercialization of hip-hop, and the price of success, Mogul: The Life & Death of Chris Lighty will unpack Lighty’s’ story in a 6-episode podcast miniseries. The project features interviews with Lighty’s family and friends, stories from hip-hop luminaries like Russell Simmons, Warren G and Fat Joe, and previously unheard recordings of Chris Lighty himself. It is hosted by Reggie Ossé, who comes to the project from his critically acclaimed hip-hop interview podcast The Combat Jack Show. Produced as a collaboration between Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network, Mogul will be released as a Spotify exclusive on April 27.                           

 

Episode One

In this episode, we meet Chris and his family and hear about what it was like to grow up in the Bronx in the 1970s. We also learn about a new form of music that started to germinate through park jams held across the city—the music that would come to be known as hip hop. From there, we follow Chris from the park jams to the emerging hip hop club scene, where he takes the first step on the road to becoming a mogul.

 

Voices: DJ Red Alert, Fat Joe, Jessica Brooks (Chris’ mom), Nicole Lighty (Chris’ sister), Darryl Thompson (Chris’ best friend), Chris Ali (Chris’ childhood friend), Dan Charnas, Joan Morgan, and AB Butler.

 

Episode Two

In this episode, Chris really kicks off his career in the music industry, road managing the Jungle Brothers and touring with them across the US. After a successful stint with the JBs, Chris’ talent is recognized by Lyor Cohen of Def Jam. The transition from scrappy road manager to hip hop executive is not an easy one, though, and to really succeed, Chris will be forced to leave his past behind.

 

Voices: Russell Simmons, The Jungle Brothers, DJ Red Alert, Dan Charnas, Chris Ali, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Three

In this episode, Chris rises through the ranks of Def Jam and has his first big break in the industry when he signs the then-unknown Warren G. Warren’s first album is massive and Chris is, for the first time, taken seriously as a creative executive. But he’ll still need his street smarts when an epic showdown with hip hop’s bogeyman, Suge Knight, happens at the climax of the episode.

 

Voices: Warren G, Paul Stewart, Russell Simmons, Dan Charnas, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Four

In this episode, we discover that being a hip hop manager isn’t all champagne, private jets, and 5 star hotels. In fact, it’s a job that’s incredibly stressful, particularly when you’re managing a number of temperamental and unpredictable performers. To make matters worse, Chris’ hot streak at Def Jam ends, and he is eclipsed by a new wave of executives.

 

Voices: Fat Joe, D Nice, N.O.R.E, Blue Williams, Sophia Chang, Kevin Liles, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Five

When this episode begins, Chris is at a career low-point. He’s on his way out of Def Jam and a number of recent ventures haven’t paid off. So he takes a chance on a controversial rapper from Queens who was, at the time, an industry pariah. That rapper turns out to be 50 Cent, and the pair make millions together through their Vitamin Water endorsement deal. But success in hip-hop is fleeting, and chaos in Chris’ personal life puts him back at the grind, hustling for his next big deal in the midst of a global recession.

 

Voices: Sha Money XL, Dan Charnas, Sophia Chang, Tiffany Lighty (Chris’ Daughter).

 

Episode Six

Chris’ life ends suddenly in 2012. In this episode, we find out the circumstances surrounding his death, and probe what actually happened on the day he died.

 

Voices: Tiffany Lighty, Jessica Brooks, Nicole Lighty, Darryl Thompson, Chris Ali, Sophia Chang, Joan Morgan, and AB Butler.

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Black Eyed Peas Remake “#WHERESTHELOVE” With An All-Star Cast [New Video]

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Where’s The Love?

Just thirteen years after it’s initial hit onto the music scene, the Black Eyed Peas relives their classic song “Where’s The Love?” in 2016 to spread unity, peace and love throughout the world due to recent tragic happenings.

Joining the chart-topping band are the likes of: Mary J. Blige, The Game, Diddy, Tori Kelly, Cassie, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessie J., Andra Day, Justin Timberlake, Usher, DJ Khaled, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones, Jaiden Smith, A$AP Rocky, Rosario Dawson, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, Jhene Aiko (and her daughter) and many more.

DJ Khaled delivers the keys and he speaks on terrorism and gun violence, paired with a few bars of the same nature from Diddy and The Game. Jaiden and Rocky also pair-up to get a few things off their chest about society, voting, drug dealers and more.

All proceeds from the actual sale of the song will be donated to will.i.am’s non-profit foundation, i.am.angel.

Watch the video HERE via Apple Music. 

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Fly Mixtape: Fabolous – ‘Summertime Shootout’

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Right on Thanksgiving Day, Brooklyn’s own, Fabolous delivered some good music in addition to all of the food that was going around worldwide.

The established artist debuted his new mixtape Summertime Shootout, which features appearances by: Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Jazzy, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, Rich Homie Quan, Dave East and more.

The project also Production from: Sonaro, Automatik, Cardiak & Critical, Amadeus, Mark Henry, Ayo, Keyz, Kae Em, Araab Muzik and more.

Fabolous remixes a few of his favorite tunes from Bryson’s [“Sorry Not Sorry”], Weeknd’s [“Tell Ya Friends”], and LL Cool’s 90’s hit [“Doin’ It”], in which he links with Nicki and Trey on the classic beat. Minaj, of course, reps her hood of Queens, New York, as Songz carries out the chorus of the song.

Check it out below:

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The Young OG Project 2 is due out on Christmas Day. 

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Listen: Tori Kelly feat. LL Cool J – “California Lovers” [Fly Music]

 

YouTube sensation and American Idol alumni Tori Kelly and has been hard at work, gaining MUCH success over time. She now packs out venues all across the country, which will soon lead to major arenas being completely sold-out as a solo act. Today, the incredible talent releases her debut album Unbreakable Smile via Capital Records. And why not celebrate that accomplishment by dropping a collaboration with the one and only LL Cool J. Check out “California Lovers” featuring the Queens rapper above.

Get ‘Unbreakable Smile’ on iTunes now.

 

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Fly Visuals: Elle Varner, The Game, Eric Bellinger, LL Cool J, Mavado, Berry Boo & more…

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Fly Music: LL Cool J, T.I., Fat Joe & more…

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LL Cool J ft. Mavado – ‘The Hustler’ [Fly Music]

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LL Cool J takes it to the streets on a gritty new track entitled “The Hustler” featuring Mavado — produced by Jerry Wonda. Take your talents below and check out the anthem, and remember to prepare yourselves for the release of ‘G.O.A.T. 2’ coming soon…

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New Music/Videos: Vado, Rico Love, Meek Mill, LL Cool J, Kid Cudi, Mobb Deep, Angel Haze and more….

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Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown, Tyga & LL Cool J – ‘Main Chick’ (Remix) [SFPL Tunes]

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Kid Ink x DJ Whoo Kid pulls out a massive remix featuring the royalty of hip-hop, LL Cool J – along with Chris Brown and Tyga. The populated anthem “Main Check” has been blasting through radio and in nightclubs for quite some time now, gaining that #1 single spot. DJ Whoo Kid asked Cool James to jump on the track, adding his vintage rap-isms to the dope song. Check out the dope collabo-remix below…

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New Music: LL Cool J ft. Monica – ‘Closer’

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Rap royalty, LL Cool J teams up with R&B veteran Monica for a dope collabo entitled “Closer”. LL’s ‘Authentic’ will hit shelves on April 30th. Check out the track below…