BEING A PART OF VIOLATOR is just like being a part of family. Violator has been the best thing to happen to me, both personally and professionally. Chris has looked out for me from all angles. They've [Violator] secured my well being, both as a person, and as an artist''. -Busta Rhymes
From a management company to a record label to a marketing group to a multi-media entertainment conglomerate, Chris Lighty has built an impressive empire in Violator. And, most importantly, his success has been earned by without compromising his integrity, nor the integrity of hip-hop music and culture, the very thing that got the ball rolling 10 years ago.
Running with a rebel posse called the Violators back in the Bronx, Lighty's roots in rap are grounded to his days as an apprentice disc jockey; carrying crates in local clubs for legendary DJ Red Alert and the late Scott La Rock of Boogie Down Productions. It was a soldiers' in-the-trenches, do-what-has-to-be-done-to-get-it-done mentality back then, and that philosophy carried over to managing careers and releasing hit records.
Violator Records/Management has sold an average of 10 million records a year for the past 6 years, and Violator has seen the last 7 CDs by Violator® related artists enter the Billboard Top 200 Pop Album Charts in the Top 10. Superstar client Busta Rhymes went from hawking Mountain Dew on television to co-starring in major motion pictures (Gus Van Zant's ''Finding Forrester” with Sean Connery, John Singleton's ''Shaft'' with Samuel L. Jackson and ''NAR'' produced by Ray Liotta). He also single handedly increased the sales of Courvoisier brand cognac 20% last year with his hit record ''Pass the Courvoisier'' and the related marketing campaign that he spearheaded. The musical roster bounces from those still watching the streets like Noreaga and Mobb Deep to new R&B sensation & Verizon spokesperson Tweet, to 50 Cent whose debut album ''Get Rich or Die Tryin''' has sold over 9M copies.
For Violator, there would be no commercials, films or tv shows without maintaining a focus on the music. Platinum and gold are the norm for each artist cd on the roster. In an effeort to demonstrate th continuity of their acts and familial loyalty, Violator tried together their street.