There was one person we meant to pay tribute to in our 2021 RIPbitch round-up, but worried that he might be too much of an unknown industry figure to be of interest to the general Popbitch reader. There was always something we liked about this story though, so figured Club Popbitch might be the place to tell it.
As a producer, multi-instrumentalist and member of P Diddy’s team of “Hitmen”, Chucky Thompson was not only responsible for a lot of the stuff Diddy built his reputation on, he also had an uncanny knack with the numbers side of things.
Chucky was renowned for his near-psychic ability to determine the true production cost of any pop or hip-hop album made since about 1995, and was the industry’s go-to guy for guesses on costs. Execs across the business would seek out Chucky to horse-trade information with him, hoping to get his read on how their rivals’ albums were doing on the down-low.
To check the accuracy of his guesswork, they’d also have him take a punt on what their own releases were doing. According to the finance guys at some of the biggest labels in the world, Chucky would – without fail – guess their numbers to within a margin of +/-5%, long before their own internal numbers came through.