Chris Lighty, CEO and founder of Violator Records, has joined Loud Records as executive vice president, according to Loud publicist Brian Gilmore.
Lighty's move puts an end to an 11-year relationship with Def Jam Records.
The 30-year-old Lighty will team his label, Violator Records, with Loud’s roster, which includes Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and the late Big Punisher.
Former Violator/Def Jam artist Foxy Brown will remain with the Seagram-owned Def Jam, according to
Violator spokesperson Ellen Zoe Golden.
Violator: The Album II V2 will be released in the fall, Golden said. Violator: The Album, which included the Grammy-nominated single "Vivrant Thing" (RealAudio excerpt), by Q-Tip, is nearing platinum.