Just a few short months after announcing that he was battling colon cancer, hip-hop veteran and podcaster Reggie “Combat Jack” Ossie has passed away at the age 48.
The well-connected and much-loved industry insider pulled in tons listeners to hear him share behind-the-scenes stories hip-hop history as well as interview new and established talents on his eponymous show. The former lawyer and editor for influential hip-hop magazine The Source kicked f a wave similarly themed podcasts when he started The Combat Jack Show in 2011. Because he knew so many people throughout the industry, the reaction to his death has spread far and wide, touching everyone in the business.
“Hip Hop has lost one its most important historians and voices… we had serious ups and downs but I was so happy we had made things good… Rest In Peace to my friend Combat Jack,” wrote radio personality Peter Rosenberg on Twitter.
“DAMN MAN REST IN PEACE TO MY BROTHER @Combat_JackONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO EVER EMBRACE ME IN THIS WHOLE SH*T. MY HEART IS HEAVY MAN F**K. LOVE ALWAYS,” wrote an upset Action Bronson.
Other podcasters pointed out that Combat Jack was always ahead the curve.
“RIP Combat Jack, who let us into his family and onto his podcast, who brought donuts to our apartment and carried stories for days,” wrote the It’s The Real podcast. “He left the Lil B show screaming ‘swag!’ and saying he’d seen the future. A great laugh, a great mind, a great friend and a better man.”
Others pointed out the depth Osse’s knowledge that was lost with his passing.
“Reggie Osse was a name I knew from before the Internet,” wrote writer Dart Adams. “When I saw he was online as Combat Jack telling old industry stories it bugged me out since several those stories I heard third/fourth hand but HE did the deals. He was in the fice. He told the OTHER side. Blew my mind.”
“Heartbreaking. RIP Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse. Great man, storyteller and leader. Your contributions to hip hop will never ever be forgotten,” wrote Tidal’s Elliott Wilson. “Ultimate salute.”