The hip-hop community came together Tuesday (Oct. 9) at the BET Hip Hop Awards to honor recently-deceased manager and mogul Chris Lighty. Many members of the hip-hop scene who were represented by Lighty came to show respect to the beloved 44-year-old, who died of an apparent suicide on Aug. 30.
Lighty’s clients like 50 Cent, Fat Joe and LL Cool J took to the awards show stage to say goodbye to the man who had such an impact on their life. The BET Hip Hop Awards, which were pre-taped on Sept. 29, made history when 50 and his longtime rival Fat Joe perform “I Got Money” to a thrilled audience.
LL Cool J spoke about Lighty in a video intro, and then A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip and Phife Dawg performed the hip-hop group’s 1993 hit “Award Tour,” Busta Rhymes performed “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” Fat Joe sang “Lean Back” and Missy Elliot performed “Lean Back.”
“If it wasn’t for Chris, then you wouldn’t hear music like this,” Q-Tip said after his performance.