Chris Lighty, who runs Violator Management, the home of Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent has decided to speak up about the recent shooting that his clients were involved in that has sparked up the old but new conversation about violence in hip-hop.
I want to back track for this blog and address the discussion of violence in our community of hip hop. I see alot of people saying "hey Lighty aren't you helping sell the same violence inducing music etc...". I want to make it crystal clear that I personally and my company doesn't condone these acts of violence and think that our community as a whole has to be responsible for its actions and not blame hip hop regardless of the idiots that might run amok in it.
Don't "the idiots" Lighty mentions include his G-Unit clients? From the Busta shooting, to the Vibe awards stabbing, to the Game shooting, 50 and his crew have carried around the air of violence and have shamelessly, with Lighty's help used it to market themselves.
He goes on:
I will never be a believer of the music made me do it. Every week a violent movie comes out, a comic book with violence comes out, the damn newspaper puts an actual record of violence in our face daily.
Lighty doesn't believe that music can move people to violence, yet part of what he does at Violator as a marketer is to convince companies that rappers can move kids to buy and eat all sorts of junk that they don't need or may even be bad for them. And corporations bank millions on hip-hop's ability to make kids do just about anything.
It's strange for the head of a company that brokers advertising deals to claim that music has no effect on people. It seems like Lighty wants it both ways, but it can't be like that.