By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Busta Rhymes is speaking publicly about the passing of his manager Chris Lighty. In the new video for “Doin it Again,” Busta devotes a portion of the visual to shout out his fallen friend. “To Chris Lighty. One of the most influential people int he world. One of the most incredible friends I’ve ever had in my life.You were like my big brother, my father. My manager for 21 years. I love you and i miss you. Until we get together and do it again, Chris Lighty, may you rest in peace and always know that I will always be a Violator for life,” he says somberly.
Lighty was laid to rest on September 5 in NYC. News of Lighty’s death sent the hip-hop community into shock on August 30, when it was revealed that the Violator management executive had committed suicide outside of his Bronx, New York home.
Artists like Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige and LL Cool J, who were on hand to bid him a final farewell. Diddy and LL Cool J shared a moment outside of the funeral home, embracing and comforting each other after losing their close friend. Lighty had once been manager to both stars. “He was a jewel and a treasured person in the community,” an emotional LL told MTV News. “Just one of the architects of our culture and he was my friend.”
During the service, WMG head Lyor Cohen and artists like Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes shared their personal memories of the man who helped to shape their careers.