Hovain Hylton, the beloved manager and music mogul, has passed away, his family have confirmed.
In a message shared to his official Instagram account, it was revealed that the Hip Hop manager (real name Jonathan “Hovain” Hylton) died at his home on Friday (November 25). The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
“It is with deep regret that we message all family, friends and colleagues that Jonathan ‘Hovain’ Hylton passed away while at his home on Friday, November 25,” the message began. “He was a beloved and devoted father, husband, son, brother and a proud Brooklyn representative.
“We would like to thank all of his close friends for all of the love and support that you have shown during this difficult time. We ask that you all continue to keep his family in your prayers and respect their privacy at this time.”
The Brooklyn native got his start in the entertainment industry by shadowing late boxing promoter, Butch Lewis. “Working with Butch showed me how to be self-made,” Hovain said in a bio on his official website. “Butch was the ultimate businessman, he always closed the deal and never made any excuses.”
From there, he teamed up with Randall “Sickamore” Medford as part of the Famous Firm, through which the duo managed the career of Rich Hil, Tommy Hilfiger’s son, as well as launching the Famous Factory live show series with XXL Magazine.
Hovain later established Hovain Hylton Management, where he not only managed artists, but also initiated huge brand deals and marketing strategies. With 10-plus years of experience in the music industry, some of the biggest names in music and culture have entrusted Hovain with their careers.
Some of the artists Hovain has worked with include Busta Rhymes, Lloyd Banks, Troy Ave, Dave East, Rob Markman, Young Guru, Wale, Karen Civil and more.
Tributes have begun to pour in on social media for the Brooklyn native.
Young Guru, who was managed by Hovain, wrote: “I have no words. I loved this man. He was more than my manager, he was my brother. I swear this is too much. RIP my brother [six broken heart emojis] @hovain you were special.”
A-Trak called Hovain “a pillar of New York Hip Hop” in his tribute. “Can’t believe Hovain passed, wtf. He was one of the good ones. Everyone loved him. A pillar of New York hip hop, of hip hop in general, just a good guy. Damn,” he wrote on Twitter.
Westside Gunn, who praised Hovain for being one of Griselda’s “biggest supporters,” wrote: “@Hovain was one of Griselda’s biggest supporters he would help anyway possible I’m forever grateful [two palms out emojis] RIP HOVAIN the dot connector.”
Can’t believe Hovain passed, wtf. He was one of the good ones. Everyone loved him. A pillar of New York hip hop, of hip hop in general, just a good guy. Damn.
— Nappin 4Tay (@atrak) November 26, 2022
@Hovain was one of Griselda biggest supporters he would help anyway possible I’m forever grateful 🤲🏽🤲🏽 RIP HOVAIN the dot connector
— WESTSIDEGUNN (@WESTSIDEGUNN) November 26, 2022
“Damn.. RIP @Hovain .. one of the kindest, most solid guys I ever met in this game. Always checked on me when shit was dark,” wrote Belly. “You’ll be missed brother [three dove emojis].”
Bay Area rapper LaRussell tweeted: “Long Live The Greatest [two prayer emojis and black heart emoji]. @Hovain went so hard for me. He’s been lining up plays for me since the day we met. I wouldn’t be where I am without Hov telling EVERY single person he knew about me. ‘It Was God’s Plan, It Was Your Will.’ – Hovain”
Hit-Boy revealed that Hovain had reached out to him recently to do some music with his client and former G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks. “Hovain had just hit me up about doing some music with Lloyd Banks [prayer emoji] God bless his family.”
“Damn, RIP Hovain,” Skyzoo wrote. “A good BK dude who truly repped the culture and the borough. Rest well G [prayer and dove emojis].”
Damn.. RIP @Hovain .. one of the kindest, most solid guys I ever met in this game. Always checked on me when shit was dark. You’ll be missed brother 🕊🕊🕊
— MICRO JORDAN (@reBELLYus) November 26, 2022
Long Live The Greatest 🙏🏾🙏🏾🖤@Hovain went so hard for me. He’s been lining up plays for me since the day we met. I wouldn’t be where I am without Hov telling EVERY single person he knew about me.
“It Was God’s Plan, It Was Your Will.” – Howdy pic.twitter.com/pE8zExoZpt
— LaRussell (@LaRussellGC) November 26, 2022
Hovain had just hit me up about doing some music with Lloyd Banks 🙏🏾 God bless his family
— Hit-Boy (@Hit_Boy) November 26, 2022
Damn, RIP Hovain. A good BK dude who truly repped the culture and the borough. Rest well G 🙏🏽🕊
— Skyzoo (@skyzoo) November 26, 2022
HipHopDX sends its condolences to the friends and family of Hovain. You can see more tributes to the late music manager below.
Damn man 😞😞😞 rip Hovain 🙏🏼🙏🏼 such a solid guy
— RUSS (@russdiemon) November 26, 2022
Hovain was generous in mind, spirit and soul. He gave his all to this culture and to the countless who are hurting today. May his memory be a blessing.
— ItsTheReal (@itsthereal) November 26, 2022
RIP @Hovain .. “From God we come and to Him we shall all return” 🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/VJeQ2MKMoA
— DJ Green Lantern (@DJGREENLANTERN) November 26, 2022
— Termanology (@TermanologyST) November 26, 2022
Hovain was always a great person with a passion for the culture and the artists he helped develop. Tremendous loss to the culture and community.
RIP Hovain 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/JfrHmka2gT
— TheCompanyMan.eth 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@TheCompanyMan) November 26, 2022
Rest well Hovain. One of the good guys who really loved this and showed love without hesitation.
— brandon / jinx / big jinx (@brandonjinx) November 26, 2022
Hovain was one of the kindest dudes in the music biz. I have been nagging him about a Banks verse for real late 2 constantly … always warm .. never got annoyed with my nagging .. just a sweet soul
— Real Late 2 Soon Come (@Rosenbergradio) November 26, 2022
Life is precious and you never know how much of it you have left. Hovain tweeted this 24 hours ago. Now he’s gone. Spend the time you have on this earth to your greatest capacity and love the people who love you. RIP Hovain. pic.twitter.com/z8DRUyny87
— DJ Vlad 🇺🇦 (@djvlad) November 26, 2022
Hovain was one of the kindest, most involved, supportive and loving friends and collaborators you could ever have. Man this hurts.
— Van Lathan Jr (@VanLathan) November 26, 2022
THANK YOU, Hovain. THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/tmjS7nlq4m
— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) November 26, 2022
Oh my god, RIP to Hovain and condolences to his family and friends. Hovain was always a good dude and always showed nothing but love and respect. Prayers to his loved ones 💔 https://t.co/mKBzS9Pw7h
— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) November 26, 2022
Terrible news. Rest in Peace @Hovain https://t.co/cGOW57JZnF
— ᴋᴀᴛʜʏ ɪᴀɴᴅᴏʟɪ, ᴍ.ᴀ. (sʜᴇ/ʜᴇʀ) (@kath3000) November 26, 2022
Literally just told lil bro Happy birthday a week ago…. My condolences to your wife, daughters and family… Rest easy @Hovain 🙏🏾🖤
— Mack Maine (@mackmaine) November 26, 2022
😳 DAMN!!!! RIP HOVAIN MY LIL BRO!!! 💔🙏🏽 https://t.co/asGVgnLlId
— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) November 26, 2022
RIP to Hovain. Kind soul. Always showed love. ALWAYS. Industry lost a very important person
— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) November 26, 2022