Chris Lighty Speaks on How He Started Violator (Video)

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As part of its Hip-Hop documentary, The Message, BET conducted the last ever televised interview with Chris Lighty, prior to his death in 2012. As part of that session, Lighty spoke on how he made the transition from working with Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen at Def Jam/Rush Management to starting his own Violator company. Check out the video.

Also, click here to watch Lighty describe how he once had to step to Suge Knight to protect Lyor Cohen.

Related: Ep. 2 of The Message Documentary Covers East vs. West Beef, The Rise of The South & More (Full Video)