Hip Hop Producer Chucky Thompson Dies at 53
Chucky Thompson, a maker for ‘Bad Boy’ who worked with the absolute greatest names in hip-hop and RnB, including Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and Mary J. Blige, has kicked the bucket at the age of 53.
Confirming the news, his publicist Tamar Juda spoke to the press on Tuesday.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I can confirm the passing of Chucky Thompson,” Juda said in a statement. “To anyone in his orbit, you know how generous he was with his energy, creativity, and love. Both the music industry and the world have lost a titan.”
No cause of death of the hip-hop producer has yet been released to the public.
Born in Washington DC, Chucky Thompson began his musical career as a part of Chuck Brown’s band The Soul Searchers. From his early days, he was tapped to be the “hitman” of the production house by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. He worked with some big names while working in Bad Boy Records, the label Combs founded.
His true success came while working with artists like Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans on songs that are now deemed classics. Monday, Blige posted about Thompson’s death on social media.
COWORKERS ARE SHOCKED
“I just spoke to this man last month! We were discussing our plans to work together again,” Blige wrote on a photo as a caption on her Instagram account. “Chucky and I was and will always be a musical match made in heaven. He knew everything I was feeling personally and when we worked on the ‘My Life’ and ‘Mary’ albums.”
The producer was nominated for the Grammy awards and had recently talked about Bilge’s documentary ‘My Life’ which premiered on Amazon this summer.
“Mary and Puff gave to me a trust that gave birth to a vibe that helped create a historical moment in music,” he said, talking about the documentary a month before his sudden demise. “This ‘My Life’ documentary is a glimpse into that vibe that moved R&B music forever.”
According to reports, Thompson died at the age of 53 after facing complications with COVID19 symptoms.
GAVE BIRTH TO MANY MUSIC STARS
During his career, Thompson produced some of the biggest names in R&B and hip-hop. Forever changing the genre with his sound, his passion for music really set the landscape for the modern RnB music that we all love.
“If we’re going to talk about Chucky Thompson, we have to talk about his relationship with go-go music because that’s where he all started,” said radio DJ EZ Street.
“He’s the bridge between go-go and rap and R&B, and nobody else has this space,” Street added. “Chuck Brown — the late, great Chuck Brown — saw Chucky, heard of Chucky, hired Chucky on the spot.”
REDEFINED THE HIP HOP SOUND
During the mid-90s, Diddy’s Bad Boy Records dominated the airwaves with consecutive hits, and Thompson was the key figure in the production house that crafted the sound of the HipHop and RnB generation. His magnificent work on Mary Blige’s groundbreaking album “My Life” reshaped the sound of contemporary RnB.
Taking to Instagram, DC’s own RnB singer Raheem DeVaughn, who too was nominated for a Grammy alongside Thompson, said that Chucky was “every favorite producer’s favorite producer.“
WORKING ON A NEW PROJECT
Chucky Thompson was working in Los Angeles on a new project when he contracted COVID 19 and fell ill. “I come from hip-hop, but I’m definitely rock and roll underneath,” he had said in an interview once, speaking about his interest in music.
A PETITION TO NAME A STREET AFTER CHUCKY
A Change.org petition has been started by fans to rename the 1st and W streets NW, where Thompson grew up, in his honor and respect to Chucky Thompson Way. Once enough signatures are registered, the organizers are set to take it to the DC City Council.
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