A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine at the media agency came up to me in the lunch break and told me "Hey Benjamin, this might be interesting for you! Take some minutes and check this out". What she presented to me definitively mesmerised me! To reveal the secret, it was the new Gimlet Media's podcast called "Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty" which was launched in mid of June 2017. Every Friday a new episode of this podcast will be released. You can listen to it on Apple Podcast, Spotify (not for all countries available) or directly on the Gimlet website. From my point of view, it is comparable to a high quality and professionally produced BBC documentation which I really like. Just audible and with a big portion of urban flair. So what is it about?
Hip-Hop Executive Legend Chris Lighty
This podcast chronicles the life of the American music industry executive Darrell Steven "Chris" Lighty, who is responsible for a bunch of careers of many hip hop legends. With his company Violator, he managed big artists like 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Ja Rule, LL Cool J, Miss Elliott, Warren G, Fat Joe and many others...
The New York Times once wrote about him:
"One of the most powerful figures in the hip-hop business, Mr. Lighty helped establish the genre as a major commercial force [...]"
This simply boils it down to an essence! The podcast's story begins at his funeral after his controversial suicide in 2012 and walks through Lighty's whole life story and the different professional milestones. It creates a very intimate atmosphere by including a lot of interviews of his former inner circle and clients. I do not want to disclose too much - just start listening if you are interested :P
The Podcast's Host Reggie Ossé
The host of the podcast is also a known person in the business. Reggie Ossé was the music business lawyer for clients like Jay-Z, P. Diddy, DMX and Damon Dash. This made a relationship with the hip-hop community possible and helped him to get scores of Chris Lighty's artists, friends and family members. Ossé also worked for MTV before he started blogging and podcasting full-time.
If you are into hip hop or generally interested in music business and history, I can warmly recommend you this fantastic podcast. Have fun listening to it and get one's inspiration from it ;)