25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • RZA, Jay-Z, Diddy
  • Chris Lighty
  • Russell Simmons
  • Master P
  • Jay-Z
  • Berry Gordy
  • Antonio "L.A." Reid
  • Sylvia Robinson
  • Damon Dash
  • Suge Knight
  • Eazy E
  • Birdman
  • Dr. Dre
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Sylvia Rhone
  • Mathew Knowles
  • J. Prince
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  • Smokey Robinson
  • Joe Jackson
  • Mona Scott-Young
  • Kedar Massenburg
  • Steve Stoute
  • RZA
  • Cathy Hughes
  • Jermaine Dupri

Chris Lighty

Before his tragic 2012 suicide, Chris Lighty was arguably hip hop's biggest mega-manager. Rising through the ranks from DJ Red Alert's crate carrier to reputed road manager, he went on to found Violator Management, which guided the careers of 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J and many other rap superstars.

(Photo: AP Photo/Jim Cooper, file)

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