Rapper Diddy posted this photo and a heartfelt tribute to legendary producer Chucky Thompson, who died from complications due to COVID-19 at the age of 53. (Courtesy Photo)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. and Digital Editor
mgreen@afro.com

District of Columbia native and the Hip Hop legend, responsible for some of music’s hottest hits, Chucky Thompson, died from complications due to COVID-19 on Aug. 9.  He was 53.

Audiences may have never known what it felt like to bop to Nas’ “One Mic,” Notorious B.I.G. ‘s “Big Poppa,” Faith Evans’ “You Used to Love Me,” or Mary J. Blige’s “My Life,” album, had it not been for Thompson’s production genius.  When he produced the triple platinum, Grammy nominated, and {TIME} “Top 100 Album of All Time,” “My Life,” he was only 24.

Thompson, a founding member of the legendary production house Hitmen, was known for his production acumen and his collaborative genius with the artist then known as Puff Daddy. 

“I’ve been in shock most of the day. Chucky Thompson was not just someone that I made Mary J. Blige’s ‘My Life,’ with and a part of the legendary Hitmen, he was also one of the greatest humans that I’ve ever met,” Puffy wrote in an Instagram post. “He always kept you laughing, always kept you smiling and he always let you know that he loved you. I love you Chucky. One of the greatest of all time. You will be truly missed.”

He will also be remembered for his musicianship- particularly in the GoGo scene, where he was a beloved conga player for the likes of D.C. legend and Godfather of GoGo Chuck Brown.

The Hip Hop community and D.M.V. alike are mourning Thompson’s passing.

Celebrated producer Young Guru, wrote, “This man was my heart. I love you Chucky. I can’t say thank you enough. I’m gonna miss you my brother. I can’t stop crying.”

“RIP Chucky Thompson it awkward typing this great guy as well as musician,” said Grammy nominated producer Buckwild.

DJ Heat, the renowned disc-jockey from the D.M.V., posted a tribute to the fellow nation’s capital artist.

“A music legend for the D.M.V. and the world. Not only laced so many classic hits, but also continued to show so much love for the D.C. area. RIP Chucky Thompson,” DJ Heat wrote.

Thompson continued to put on for the D.M.V and released and was working on a movie about his life and Go-Go called, “Chucky Thompson Presents D.C. Go-Go.”

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Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor