Kinfolk it with great sadness that I report that Reggie Ossé better known as Combat Jack has passed away after a battle with colon cancer. It was about a month ago that Combat Jack recorded an episode of The Combat Jack Show where he addressed his recent diagnoses of colon cancer. He sounded strong in his resolve to fight the devastating disease, which is why it’s so shocking to hear this news. But that is why cancer sucks, because you can be diagnosed one day and be gone the next. In case you missed the episode check it out below:
Here is a brief history on Combat Jack:
Reggie has led a truly fascinating career. He’s a lawyer by training and used to represent some of the biggest hip-hop stars, including guys like Jay-Z. He also worked for MTV and was managing editor of The Source. But as he tells Jesse, he kind of fell into what he does now, which is interviewing people for a living.
There’s no denying that Reggie is a true New York hip-hop head. He grew up in Brooklyn during the ’70s and early ’80s, where he had a privileged front seat as rap was quite literally being invented before his very eyes. His deep respect for the culture shines through all his interviews, paving the way for some amazingly real moments. [maximumfun.org]
Combat Jack is a pioneer in hip-hip he had arguably one of the best hip-hop podcasts out. He has given so many creatives a platform to get their thoughts and ideas out as a founding partner of the Loud Speakers Network. Combat Jack understood “The Culture” and always put it first. Hip-hop lost a gem today. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. In remembrance of Combat Jack check out one of my favorite episodes of the Combat Jack Show: