Combat Jack’s True Stories Behind 25 Rap Classics

Our friend Combat Jack, real name Reggie Osse, recounted stories to Complex from his 20 year career as an entertainment lawyer who’s worked with the likes of Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys, as well as representing Jay-Z and Missy Elliot at one point.

Link: Combat Jack presents: True Stories Behind 25 Rap Classics [Complex]


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88 Responses to “Combat Jack’s True Stories Behind 25 Rap Classics”

  1. cOLD Says:

    pungent rat > combat jack

  2. DC (District of Chase) Says:

    This should be interesting

  3. Deen Says:

    Humboldt crack > combat jack

  4. Remixznflow Says:

    fat and runnin 5 miles flat > combat jack

  5. Casket Face Says:

    son tell me this don’t look like cici ….10 racks pay pal

    youtube.com/watch?v=t1c5wqdjsWc

  6. hl Says:

    wombat > combat jack

  7. Remixznflow Says:

    roberta flack > combat jack

  8. hl Says:

    dead beat dad > compex mag

  9. Casket Face Says:

    sounds interesting

  10. landlord Says:

    and t1900

    how do you know for a fact ANYTHING about Maurice White…

    some of the group members were not Masons which is why they ultimately left, and were replaced (c) Al McKay…

    but if you know Maurice White PERSONALLY than maybe you can vouch for, or even speak on behalf of his beliefs…

    have you ever spoken with him?… has he ever given you any books to read?

    there’s a good reason why i know more about these cats than the average nigga’…

    anyway..

    Jayz > Nas

  11. Casket Face Says:

    # hl Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    dead beat dad > compex mag

    ^^

    the two are kinda the same though, that why eskay had to get a real job.

  12. landlord Says:

    Bobcats hat > Combat Jack

  13. Remixznflow Says:

    # PHENOMENON Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Who here has NetFlix stream??

    ^
    i do.. why?

  14. Rick aka KING OF DA BOOM BAP BOMB STRAPPED TO MY CHEST ASKIN WHERE YA GOONZ AT? Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=9T2C9RmzuUM

    this jay e and nas mash should hold me over for a little, but if i ever see jay elec i’m going to stab dude.

  15. Rick aka KING OF DA BOOM BAP BOMB STRAPPED TO MY CHEST ASKIN WHERE YA GOONZ AT? Says:

    smoking crack > combat jack

  16. Tong Po Flo Says:

    ^shit i didnt wear none over there either…

    ^ I didn’t have first but I wear glasses and I have to put some around the eye area, its like the sun get amplified (no bitchass commentor) when it goes through them (no mr. magoo)

  17. mcb Says:

    Remixznflow Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:06 pm
    # PHENOMENON Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Who here has NetFlix stream??

    ^
    i do.. why?
    ^^^
    co-whys

  18. The Shot Clock Says:

    i stopped going to this nigga website a while ago.

    *shrugs*

  19. Beezy Says:

    getting robbed for a stack > combat jack

  20. Tong Po Flo Says:

    roberta flack > combat jack

    ^ co-sign

  21. landlord Says:

    Masonry takes certain shit and mix it with more sinister shit.

    ————-

    @T1900

    your getting original Masonry confused with FREEMasonry

    there is an explicit difference…

    the Egyptian order did once practice a purer form of masonry and were the original builders.. the European FREEMasons and Scottish Order, are the ones who poisioned the original Doctrine b…

  22. Tweezy Says:

    @Landlord

    Gimme the names of some good EWF albums…

  23. Casket Face Says:

    i got an invite to one of his parties tho in like 2009…why do you guys hate him?

  24. mcb Says:

    Rick aka KING OF DA BOOM BAP BOMB STRAPPED TO MY CHEST ASKIN WHERE YA GOONZ AT? Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:06 pm
    youtube.com/watch?v=9T2C9RmzuUM

    this jay e and nas mash should hold me over for a little, but if i ever see jay elec i’m going to stab dude.
    ^^^
    damn thats a nice job by whoever made that.

  25. landlord Says:

    cracker jacks > combat jack

  26. Troyvul Says:

    Official Friday Fuck Yous

    - Fuck the state of Ohio for giving me a speeding ticket for going 71 in a 65… The cracker overseer then comments “Oh, I just noticed that todays your birthday. I could give you a break, but you were 6 miles over, so I gotta give you a ticket.”

    - Fuck the District of Columbia Court System for forcing me up here to explain why I was no longer responsible for my deceased Uncles property, spending an HOUR trying to find parking downtown, then being told by the SAME lawyer who brought me there–” oh, I guess you were right, we didn’t need you. Sorry bout that”

    -Fuck my wife for not being capable of operating a motor vehicle. I have been driving for 42 of the last 48 hours, from Ga to Chi to DC. I gotta back in the car tommorow to go back to GA to finish packing our apt up.

    -Fuck everybody who don’t respect the young buls birthday/anniversary today.

    *daps Land, ColD,MCB, etc*
    *Spits on a Kanye West CD in front of Rey*
    *straps Dre to a treadmill on level 4*
    *waits*

    JihaD
    ^
    Lmao, Happy Bornday

  27. S.I.C.K.VET Says:

    @Land

    teach!!! I`m see you sun!!

  28. Rick aka KING OF DA BOOM BAP BOMB STRAPPED TO MY CHEST ASKIN WHERE YA GOONZ AT? Says:

    left over dinner scraps > combat jack

  29. Tong Po Flo Says:

    cracker jacks > combat jack

    ^ co-sign this too them shits are great

  30. Rey Says:

    *comments*

  31. landlord Says:

    @1900

    Open Our Eyes
    Thats The Way Of The World
    Spirit
    Faces
    All In All
    Head To the Sky
    Gratitude
    I Am
    Raise
    Last Days And Time
    Powerlight
    In The Name of Love
    Illumination

    and any of The Emotions Lps they produced

    Rejoice
    Flowers
    Sincerely
    Sunbeam

    RIP Charles Stepney

  32. Charles Oakley Says:

    Da Ranjahz ft. Cee-Lo – Insp Her Ation (prod. by DJ Premier)

  33. E aka Mac with the Cheese Says:

    There was this one black guy a few days ago. He made a very STUPID mistake. America’s Most Wanted was on TV and they mentioned somethin’ about a $50,000 reward for info on a guy. The dumbass says, “Easy money!” All the other blacks at his table looked at him like “Huh!?” He said, “Ya man, shitttt… one time my friend and I saw a reward for some dude in our neighborhood and we turned him in and got 5 g’s! That was the easiest money I ever made!” And uh, in a place where almost everyone is here because someone snitched, it’s no wonder that he was forced into his cell, lumped up, and sent packing to the PC, “protective custody” module… lol.

    twitlonger.com/show/66dv9n

  34. Rey Says:

    # Tong Po Flo Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    cracker jacks > combat jack

    ^ co-sign this too them shits are great

    ^^^

    Nosign. Cracker jacks are awful.

  35. Charles Oakley Says:

    usershare.net/2rguqr2mmufh

  36. Cocca88Crazy88since88 Says:

    Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasss!

  37. b Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    happy c day jihad

  38. landlord Says:

    *daps JiHad, S.I.C.K.*

  39. Casket Face Says:

    “Little Friend” , within the first 8 seconds you’re like “f*ck…another horrible rapper’s Al Pacino Scarface impersonation?!” , well if you endured 22 more seconds you’re now a new Gucci fan guaranteed. “We need more Rose’, my bitches getting thirsty” producer Bradley Davis, better known as “DJ B-Do” blows you back with movie score worthy horns and brass that sound like composer Hans Zimmerman had a hand in it! Bass booming perfectly arranged throwing alley-oops to snares like Dwayne Wade assisting Dorell Wright! An explanation and purpose is offered for the bad Al Pacino intro :

    writing is unmatched by any nigga in the game

    DJ LIVE LONGSHOT >

  40. Beezy Says:

    breeding with a chick who is slorey > reading a combat jack story

  41. Remixznflow Says:

    # Charles Oakley Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    usershare.net/2rguqr2mmufh

    ^
    GAAAAATTTTTT!!!

  42. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    your getting original Masonry confused with FREEMasonry

    there is an explicit difference…

    the Egyptian order did once practice a purer form of masonry and were the original builders.. the European FREEMasons and Scottish Order, are the ones who poisioned the original Doctrine b…

    ^I KNOW this. My comment was phrased correctly. I know the isle of kings were the first masons. I know the Bravarian and Scottish adopted for it and fucked it up something stupid. It was my mistake for no putting free in front.

    I ain’t no apprentice either homie.

  43. Remixznflow Says:

    im takin chaaancesss and i know thissss….

    but i desiree herr……

  44. Remixznflow Says:

    *daps charles oak*

    where did you find that?!

    *downloads*

  45. S.I.C.K.VET Says:

    All In All

    Thats The Way Of The World
    ^
    My favorite EWF albums.

    They always had good message music.I`m blessed to be a 70`s baby.Fuck all other eras.

  46. mcb Says:

    *daps Jihad*

    man that cops a dick, nh. 6 over is my standard driving, well 5, but same difference.
    cop was told my sister in law your straight unless your going 10 over…

    man thats some bullshit, you be ok. enjoy your birthday

  47. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    I see you Land, and I’ll digress. At least until I can get to my laptop, lol.

  48. Jokes Says:

    @ Land – Do you think that its a music industry thing that forces these practices on the artist? Like what Prof. Griff be saying.

  49. DC (District of Chase) Says:

    I feel like partying with white people tonight. I’m definitely hitting up Club fly out in Dupont Circle

  50. Tong Po Flo Says:

    Nosign. Cracker jacks are awful.

    ^ Yeah you right Rey I was thinking of Crunch & Munch, now that ish is the bomb

  51. Charles Oakley Says:

    where did you find that?!

    *downloads*
    ^
    *daps*

    Honestly couldn’t tell you, it’s been on one of my cpu hard drives for years.

  52. Remixznflow Says:

    @Jihad… pay that ticket though… lol..

    its not like back in the day where you can just skip it… the network is WAY more connected now…

    word to my ‘experience’ in hicktown south carolina…

  53. Tong Po Flo Says:

    Fuck all other eras.

    ^ lies. 80′s baby >>>>>>>>

  54. landlord Says:

    S.I.C.K.VET Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    All In All

    Thats The Way Of The World
    ^
    My favorite EWF albums.

    They always had good message music.I`m blessed to be a 70`s baby.Fuck all other eras.

    ————-

    mines:

    Spirit
    All N All
    Faces
    Open Our Eyes
    Last Days And Time (“Id Rather Have You” makes me get chills & tears)
    Grattitude
    I Am

  55. Remixznflow Says:

    ^ Yeah you right Rey I was thinking of Crunch & Munch, now that ish is the bomb

    ^
    nigga you aint never told a lie in your life…

    those little crack morsels are deliciosity in a box…

  56. Tweezy Says:

    Thanks.

  57. Charles Oakley Says:

    Nicole Wray ft. Missy Elliott – Make It Hot (prod. by Timbaland)
    usershare.net/jw0e5zdtj6oy

  58. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    *Daps the B-Day Homie*

  59. DC (District of Chase) Says:

    I got a feeling, tonight’s gonna be a good night

  60. mcb Says:

    Remixznflow Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    @Jihad… pay that ticket though… lol..

    its not like back in the day where you can just skip it… the network is WAY more connected now…

    word to my ‘experience’ in hicktown south carolina…
    ^^^

    my pops got a ticket in florida, think he just paid it and it never transferred back to MA/his insurance. I believe.

    i wish MA offered traffic school instead of fines. i dont mind payin tickets, its the insurance that fucking kills my wallet.

  61. The Shot Clock Says:

    Nicole Wray ft. Missy Elliott – Make It Hot (prod. by Timbaland)

    ^

    beat is so ill on this. was always one of my favorites.

  62. Deen Says:

    Happy Bornday to the fake islamic warrior.

  63. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    word to my ‘experience’ in hicktown south carolina…

    word. Some hit me in South Carolina on the spur of I-365 in my work vehicle. I dumped the guard rail. The other guy frees the scence while totalling my work car. I get two tickets: one for blocking traffic and one for destroying city property (slighty denting the guard rail) I had witnesses and all.

    FUCK SOUTH CAROLINA

  64. Remixznflow Says:

    # Deen Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Happy Bornday to the fake islamic warrior.

    ^
    really? smh damn…

  65. Rey Says:

    # Remixznflow Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    ^ Yeah you right Rey I was thinking of Crunch & Munch, now that ish is the bomb

    ^
    nigga you aint never told a lie in your life…

    those little crack morsels are deliciosity in a box…

    ^^^

    Hmm.. I do recall C’n’M being better than Cracker Jacks. That works.

  66. landlord Says:

    Jokes Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    @ Land – Do you think that its a music industry thing that forces these practices on the artist? Like what Prof. Griff be saying

    ————–

    some artists are posers … some artist practice

  67. JihaD Says:

    *daps everyone*

    Yea, I’m gonna pay it, but he gave me til the 7th of Oct, which is two weeks away. Shit was a compete hustle, and it was the asshole “I could give you a warning, but…no.” that really pissed me off.

    JihaD

  68. CiCi The Intern Says:

    This was dope… great read.

  69. D. Billz Says:

    # landlord Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Masonry takes certain shit and mix it with more sinister shit.

    ————-

    @T1900

    your getting original Masonry confused with FREEMasonry

    there is an explicit difference…

    the Egyptian order did once practice a purer form of masonry and were the original builders.. the European FREEMasons and Scottish Order, are the ones who poisioned the original Doctrine b…

    ^ That’s why we only gave their asses 3 degrees when there’s really 9.

  70. DC (District of Chase) Says:

    Happy B-day Jihad

  71. Charles Oakley Says:

    The Pharcyde – Passing Me By Instrumental
    usershare.net/1ec8ptz7cdbe

  72. mcb Says:

    JihaD Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    *daps everyone*

    Yea, I’m gonna pay it, but he gave me til the 7th of Oct, which is two weeks away. Shit was a compete hustle, and it was the asshole “I could give you a warning, but…no.” that really pissed me off.

    JihaD

    ^^^
    one time a cop said to me
    “alright im gonna cut you a break, ill put you were going 70 (or 75 or something) instead of 80.”

    I was like what the fuck, thats nota break… and thats how fast I WAS GOING.

  73. mcb Says:

    Charles Oakley Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    The Pharcyde – Passing Me By Instrumental
    usershare.net/1ec8ptz7cdbe
    ^^^
    OOOOHWEEEEEEEE

  74. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    ^ That’s why we only gave their asses 3 degrees when there’s really 9.

    ^THIS. This is what I was getting at. The order didn’t call themselves Masons. That’s why I didn’t use the term. They were oracles of math.

  75. Remixznflow Says:

    @Charles

    whats the name of that first record you linked?

  76. Charles Oakley Says:

    Ins Her Ation by Da Ranjahz

  77. Remixznflow Says:

    *daps billz*

  78. Charles Oakley Says:

    produced by Preemo, Cee-Lo on the hook, I believe that group was on ROC for a minute

  79. mcb Says:

    “One of the shorts, however, got a lot more attention than the rest: a two-and-a-half minute video of pop star Katy Perry singing a reworked version of her 2008 hit “Hot N Cold” with Elmo. The issue: the perception that Perry’s outfit wasn’t appropriate for a show geared toward children ages one to six”

    word?

  80. Charles Oakley Says:

    Insp* Her Ation by Da Ranjahz

  81. Remixznflow Says:

    # Charles Oakley Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    produced by Preemo, Cee-Lo on the hook, I believe that group was on ROC for a minute

    ^
    thanks… im real picky about the info in my library…

  82. CiCi The Intern Says:

    Masons don’t hurt anybody… cBBBBBBc.

  83. CiCi The Intern Says:

    mcb Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:37 pm
    “One of the shorts, however, got a lot more attention than the rest: a two-and-a-half minute video of pop star Katy Perry singing a reworked version of her 2008 hit “Hot N Cold” with Elmo. The issue: the perception that Perry’s outfit wasn’t appropriate for a show geared toward children ages one to six”

    word?
    ^^

    Booby.

  84. black brokaw Says:

    JihaD Says:

    September 24th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    *daps everyone*

    Yea, I’m gonna pay it, but he gave me til the 7th of Oct, which is two weeks away. Shit was a compete hustle, and it was the asshole “I could give you a warning, but…no.” that really pissed me off.

    JihaD

    ^was this before or after you were sipping latte frapuchinos with ts1900 for 2 hours?

  85. Casket Face Says:

    miss info let gucci beat after the interview

  86. Kufi smacks Says:

    miss info let gucci beat after the interview
    ^^^^^^^

    Ha!

  87. Kufi smacks Says:

    ” Yo it’s hard to settle down when you meet a girl every night” ~ Tony Yayo ~ So high.

  88. Kufi smacks Says:

    ” Yo it’s hard to settle down when you meet a girl every night” ~ Tony Yayo ~ So high.

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