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RIP To My Brother Combat Jack

It is with great sadness and an extremely heavy heart that I report on the loss of one of Hip-Hop’s most important and influential voices, Reggie Ossé, aka Combat Jack. If you have followed this site at any point over its 12-year run then you probably know that my roots with Reggie run deep. We go back to the days before he was the GOAT Rap podcaster, when he blogged under his pseudonym and almost nobody knew his actual identity as an entertainment attorney and his extraordinary history in this culture. The first time I met Reggie was at the release party for his book Bling back in 2006. I was literally just a tech support guy who had a Rap blog on the side at that point, but he appreciated what I was trying to do and embraced me as a gamechanger before I even thought of myself as such. Through his blog and our interactions he schooled me on Rap history and shared gems I still hold close to this day.

Jack’s contributions to the culture are well documented and he is being rightfully eulogized by many today for everything he did in Rap media over the last decade. But what utterly destroys me, as a fellow Rap Dad, is the magnitude of this loss to his beautiful family. It was just a couple of months ago that he announced that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and would be commencing treatment. True to his personality, he prepared to fight and declared that he had no intention of leaving this earth anytime soon. But as we all know, sometimes the cards hold an outcome that we have no control over. Cancer is a trash disease that has now taken several people I loved greatly away from me, including my own father. In the spirit of my late dad and Reggie, it is important that we do everything we can as individuals to try and fight this scourge by remaining diligent with our health and supporting the search for a cure. Jack’s legacy will live on, I have no doubt about that, but the best tribute we can possibly make would be to live our lives.

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2 Responses to “RIP To My Brother Combat Jack”

  1. Daveyandyjoey Says:

    My condolences

  2. Silo Says:

    Condolences, Eskay. I remember first reading about Reggie’s blog on here long ago. Much love to his family and much love to you for your contributions, as well.

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