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The stories of hip hop history told by the people who lived them. Season 1: Chris Lighty was a giant in hip-hop. He managed Foxy Brown, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, 50 Cent—anyone who was anyone worked with Lighty. But in 2012 he was found dead at his home in the Bronx, a death that left the music world reeling. In this podcast miniseries from Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network, we tell the story of Chris Lighty, from the first breakbeat to the last heartbeat.
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The first episode of Gimlet’s latest release: Conviction. This investigative series explores the dark truths about the criminal justice system in America and the developing case of Pedro Hernandez. Pedro’s case has gained national attention as an egregious example of systemic police corruption and the failings of the American justice system. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to two complex men: private investigator Manny Gomez and NYPD Detective David Terrell, who are fighting each other in the courts and on the streets, all while claiming to be protecting the innocent and pursuing justice. All episodes available now for free, wherever you get your podcasts.
Mogul Live!

Mogul Live!

2017-09-2501:22:351

Moguls, here it is: The last episode of Season 1. And it’s a classic! Back in August, we recorded a live show at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. That night, Reggie chopped it up on stage with Dante Ross, Dave Lighty, Mike Lighty, Déja Lighty, and Tiffany Lighty. They talked about Chris' legacy as someone who made sure everyone got fed, and dropped more than a few big names along the way. There was also a lively Q&A where the audience got a chance to ask all of the burning questions about the first season of the show. You can hear all those conversations right here.
Behind the Beats: Part 2

Behind the Beats: Part 2

2017-09-1400:17:592

On this episode of Behind the Beats, Reggie chats with two Gimlet audio engineers who crafted the sound of Mogul. Haley Shaw and Matthew Boll break down how they built such a vivid world in Mogul by combining sound effects and music with hours of interviews.
Behind the Beats: Part 1

Behind the Beats: Part 1

2017-09-0700:37:374

Welcome to Behind the Beats. In this series, we’ll go behind the scenes to discover how Mogul got its distinct sound. In this first episode, we’ll hear from the three artists who wrote much of the show’s original music: Prince Paul, Don Newkirk and Nana Kwabena.
This Cameo is from Russell Simmons and Sophia Chang. As one of Def Jam’s co-founders, Russell had a huge impact on Chris’ career, while Sophia was one of Chris’ closest confidants. In this Cameo, they each discuss how they processed the news of Chris’ death, and how the pain of his loss is still present today.Reggie will also tell you about our upcoming live event. On August 10th, Mogul will be at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. Expect great conversations, a lively Q&A, and our very own park jam. Tickets are free. To RSVP, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mogul-live-presented-by-gimlet-media-loud-speakers-network-tickets-36670696039
On That Lo Life $hit

On That Lo Life $hit

2017-08-0300:29:314

Moguls, meet your new favorite podcast. It's called The Nod.Luther Vandross ballads. Oil sheen spray. ‘Twice as good.’ What do these things have in common? They are each, in their own way, essential to some facet of the Black experience. In The Nod, a new podcast from Gimlet Media, co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life. It is a fun, yet poignant examination of both the biggest moments and most underexplored corners of Black art, media, and culture.Eric’s always had an affinity for Polo Ralph Lauren. But he discovers a group of boosters in Brooklyn that took their love for Polo to another level.
Part 6: August 30, 2012

Part 6: August 30, 2012

2017-07-2800:41:236

August 30th, 2012. A day that shook hip hop. Chris Lighty was discovered dead in his Bronx home. The official cause of death: a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. In this episode, we talk to people close to Chris to and try understand what exactly happened that day.NOTE: In this episode, we talk about suicide. Please take caution when listening to the show.  If you’re feeling depressed or you just want to talk to someone, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at  1-800-273-8255.
Mogul Cameo: Uncle Murda

Mogul Cameo: Uncle Murda

2017-07-2500:08:031

This Cameo is from Uncle Murda. The gritty Brooklyn rapper rose to prominence after dropping a series of mixtapes with titles like Murder Capitol, Respect The Shooter, and Summer Time Shootouts. Just like Fat Joe, 50 Cent, and other artists Chris Lighty worked with, Murda wasn’t putting on an act: He was a genuine street guy. In this Cameo, we hear about how Murda first pitched himself to Chris as both a rapper and a hired gun, and later found himself joining Chris on a daring mission. 
Part 5: How Heavy It Was

Part 5: How Heavy It Was

2017-07-2100:38:063

In this episode: cold hard cash. Chris Lighty makes a pile of it, and changes the game forever, when he does the biggest deal of his career—getting 50 Cent a piece of Vitamin Water. But soon, instead of swimming in dough...Chris is drowning. CREDITS: Mogul is hosted by Reggie Ossé. This episode was produced by Eric Eddings and Meg Driscoll, with help from Isabella Kulkarni, Peter Bresnan, and Jonathan Mena. Our senior producer is Matthew Nelson. Our editors are Lynn Levy, Caitlin Kenney and Chris Morrow. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Sound design and mixing by Haley Shaw. Music direction by Matthew Boll. This episode was scored by Nana Kwabena, with additional music by Prince Paul, Don Newkirk, and Haley Shaw. 
Mogul Cameo: N.O.R.E.

Mogul Cameo: N.O.R.E.

2017-07-1800:06:154

This Cameo is from N.O.R.E. The Queens native climbed the charts in the 1990s as a rapper, best known for his work in the duo Capone-N-Noreaga. Now, N.O.R.E. is a podcast host, so we went to his studio to talk (and, as it turned out, to drink a lot of alcohol). In this Cameo, N.O.R.E. tells us what the Violator offices were like back in the day, and why Chris’ management style was the stuff of legend.
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Comments (16)

Martin Riggs

I did naught hit her..I did naught.

Feb 23rd
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Artii bisht

amazing

Jan 22nd
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Rusty Hunt

oh..hi Mark.

Jan 6th
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Da Duegie

nice

Dec 24th
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Joray Pro Era

R.I.P. to Reggie. would have loved to listen to his next story. Sad Day

Dec 20th
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Jaime Vicente

no like is this fk..

Dec 5th
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Michael Brown

part 1awesome episode, educating on the birth of hip hip and Chris's childhood. I love this episode bcuz I'm born and raised in Bronx 79 to 99 so I lived there thru this era and thru Chris's career with all the artists he worked with

Oct 29th
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Michael Brown

awesome podcast and story. very inspiring.

Oct 29th
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iTunes User

Loved it and can't wait to hear it again and share

Aug 31st
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iTunes User

I like it because it has people reminiscing and talking about a time, place, and person who has impacted music forever.

Aug 31st
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iTunes User

I really hope that this rises to the top of the iTunes charts just so that people who may not have heard about it (or who didn't have access to Spotify) can catch it. It's great storytelling and top-notch interviewing by (in my opinion) the best podcaster in Hip Hop (Reggie Ossé, aka Combat Jack). Even if you don't care much about Hip Hop, this is a story about a complex and talented human being that will hit you in your heart. The story of Chris is told in all its glory and tragedy, and Combat never shies away from confronting some of the toughest aspects of the man's life (just listen to the heartbreak in Combat's voice on Episode 4 when having to process and communicate some pretty difficult things about Chris' life). It's also an example of great editing and tight production (without ever sounding corny--because that can be a thing with overproduced podcasts). And when you're done with the last episode, wait until after the credits for a wonderful story from Chris' daughter.

Aug 31st
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shareka !!!

wowww, this is getting interesting

Aug 10th
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Bonnie Warren

Joray Pro Era hello

Dec 22nd
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Joray Pro Era

shareka !!! yup. good listen

Dec 19th
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shareka !!!

This was a wonderful episode. love it

Aug 9th
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Walter Reiter

very captivating, very intriguing, very entertaining. Love it. F#*^in incredible. HIP-HOP

Jul 11th
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