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Chris Lighty's Death a Sign of Hip Hop's Fading Presence

Chris Lighty was at the center of the hip-hop revolution and his shocking suicide is one more sign that the music genre is fading in importance among a key constituency… white suburban kids. Lighty, 44, was a key player early on as hip-hop and rap rose to prominence in the 1990s. At his height, he’d managed such artists as 50 Cent, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Soulja Boy, L.L. Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and rapper Ja Rule....