''He Was One of the Greatest Business Minds''
8:30PM ET January 14th, 2013
Contributor : Stephen Willis
A Rocky Williform Company
Chris Lighty's death was a tremendous shock to many in the hip hop industry, among them Queens-born rapper Prodigy. The Mobb Deep member spoke to Complex about his history with Lighty and revealed his admiration for the beloved hip hop manager.
"Chris was the greatest hip-hop manager that ever lived. He was more than just a manager, too," Prodigy said. "He was one of the greatest business minds as far as bringing hardcore hip-hop and real street hip-hop to the corporate world. He did that real good. There was a few people that was real good at that and he was one of the best ones. His networking, his communication skills were incredible," P said in an interview. "I learned so much from watching how he communicated, just his tone, his mannerisms, his work ethic, just everything. That was an incredible individual and he managed us for a long time. We've been through a lot with Chris. A lot. It hurt a lot when I found out he passed."
"Chris was like an older brother to me," he continued. "When I was in trouble, anytime I got locked up, anytime I was in any kind of trouble, Chris was always there. Like, if I had to spend a night in jail and go to court the next morning and when I walk into the courtroom Chris already sitting there waiting to bail me out, all the time. So I've been through a lot with him and you could always depend on Chris like if you call him and tell him you got a problem and he's going to fix it or he's gonna do what he can to fix it or help you and assist you. If he's your artist and he manages you or he really f*cks with you like that, he's going to do what he can to help you and he did that for me a lot, not just with music but my personal life. Chris was always there. Chris made us a lot of money, too. Our talent got us into the position we in but Chris was able to take that and push it even further."