15 Ways Chris Lighty Changed Hip-Hop

He Was an Executive at Def Jam

When: 1990s-2000

After nurturing a successful relationship with Def Jam for years, Lighty was eventually brought on to work as an executive alongside Lyor Cohen. He had a hand in many projects, including the influential late '90s works of Jay-Z, DMX, and Foxy Brown. He maintained his position at Violator during the same time.

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