Carl “Chucky” Thompson, a music producer who worked with “Notorious B.I.G”
and Mary J. Blige on songs has “passed away”. He was “53 years old” at the time.
Tamar Juda, Chucky Thompson’s spokeswoman, confirmed the news to -USA TODAY- on “Monday”.
She didn’t say what caused his death.“It is with a sad heart that I can confirm Chucky Thompson’s death,”
she wrote. On Monday, audio engineer Gimel Androus Keaton, better known by his stage name Young
Guru, lamented Chucky Thompson on Instagram, saying, “To anybody in his circle, you know how giving he was
with his energy, creativity, and love. Both the music business and the world have lost a giant.”
“There is nothing I can write that will make this agony go away,” Keaton said,
accompanied with a picture of himself and Thompson. “It’s time for me to say goodbye to my mentor, my
big brother, the guy who permanently altered my life.”
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“You treated me like family from day one,”
Keaton added, describing Thompson as “the nicest person the world has ever seen” and “the most talented musician.”
“You placed me in rooms with Biggie. I will forever be in your debt and I’ll always be your little brother.
This one hurts so hard I can’t even describe it. there will never be another you!!!”
Chucky Thompson began his career in go-go music as a member of Chuck Brown’s band The Soul Searchers.
He helped create smash
songs including “Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa” and Faith Evans’ “Soon As I Get Home,” as well as Mary J.
Blige’s 1994 album “My Life.”
Last month, the Washington, D.C. native told -grammy.com-,
“There are so many different aspects to producing, I’ve always wanted to cover all of the bases.”
Chucky Thompson’s illustrious career included collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Snoop Dogg, and TLC,
as well as his appointment as a founding member of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ in-house production crew, “The Hitmen”.
“A typical session was brotherhood, “Thompson said of The Hitmen. “That’s how we kick it with each
other to this day.” “We speak at least once a month and remain connected, “says rapper -Biz Markie-,
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Chucky Thompson, hip-hop legend behind hits from Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige, dead at 53