Legendary Producer Chucky Thompson Has Passed Away
Written by Jay Holz on August 9, 2021
We are sad to report today that legendary producer Chucky Thompson has sadly passed away.
Young Guru, a friend, collaborator and mentee of Chucky, confirmed the producer and songwriter’s death. Here’s what he wrote in an IG post:
“There is nothing I can write that will take away this pain,” Guru (real name Gimel Keaton) wrote alongside a picture of him and Thompson. “I have to say RIP to my mentor, my big brother, the man who changed my life forever. You were the kindest person the world has ever seen. You were the most gifted musician I have ever been around. You treated me like family from day one. You made a point to the labels that I had to fly to New York with you on every session. You put me in rooms with Biggie.
He added: “I will forever be in your debt and I will forever be your little brother. This one hurts so bad I can even explain it. RIP @chucklife365 there will never be another you!!!!”
Thompson was a member of Diddy’s Hitmen production team, who went on to work on music for Bad Boy Records. Besides his work with Diddy and Bad Boy, Thompson helped produce hits for Usher, Faith Evans, TLC, Busta Rhymes, and Juvenile. He produced The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa”, Nas’ “One Mic”, and he received a Grammy nomination for Mary J. Blige’s classic 1994 album, ‘My Life’.
He stayed close with Diddy throughout the years and even most recently was working on Diddy’s upcoming album Off The Grid Volume 1 due out September 24.
This news is sad for the hip-hop community. We’ll always remember Chucky and what he contributed to the culture. RIP legend!