Remembering Combat Jack and how he impacted the Hip Hop community, Rest in peace.
Reggie Ossé, also known as Combat Jack (July 8, 1969 – December 20, 2017)was an American hip hop music attorney and executive, and also the former managing editor of The Source. He was the host of the podcast The Combat Jack Show and founding partner of the Loud Speakers Podcast network. He was also the host of the Complex TV show version of the Combat Jack Show podcast.Combat Jack died on December 20, 2017 from colon cancer and will always be remembered on how he impacted the Hip Hop community.
A first-generation Haitian-American, Ossé graduated from Cornell University. There he became a member of Kappa Xi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He later received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.He has represented hip-hop producers and entertainers, such as Jay Z, Damon Dash, Roc-a-fella Records, DJ Clark Kent, Nice & Smooth, Capone-N-Noreaga, Deric "D. Dot" Angelettie, Ski Beatz, and others, starting from an internship in legal affairs for Def Jam Recordings in 1989. After 12 years of practicing law in the music industry, he retired and wrote Bling, a book documenting hip-hop's history and fascination with jewelry. He also served as the Vice President of Audio/Music DVD at MTV Networks and later managing editor of The Source.
Ossé has blogged for byroncrawford.com, ihiphop.com, xxlmag.com, and his own site - daily-math.com. He began hosting The Combat Jack Show, an internet radio show dedicated to hip-hop discussions and interviews, in August 2010. Combat Jack's co-hosts include Dallas Penn, Premium Pete, DJ Benhameen, AKing, and Just Blaze.
In 2013, The Combat Jack Show became the flagship of a network of podcasts founded by Ossé known as the Loud Speakers Network,which also includes The Read, hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle,The Brilliant Idiots, and FanBros, hosted by DJ Benhameen. Combat Jack will always be remembered as a Hip hop media pioneer.