Hip-hop legend, podcaster Combat Jack dead at 48

via Combat Jack @reggieosse Instagram

Reggie Ossé changed the face of podcasting in hip-hop. Ossé, who graduated from Cornell University and obtained a law degree from Georgetown University, began his career as an attorney for top acts in hip-hop such as Jay-Z, Dame Dash and DJ Clark Kent. He would soon find a space in hip-hop journalism by becoming a managing editor at The Source and writing the book, Bling.

But Ossé’s biggest moment in hip-hop came in 2013 when he founded “The Combat Jack Show” podcast. The podcast featured long-form interviews from top individuals within hip-hop. “The Combat Jack Show” would soon become one of the top podcasts in America and his company, Loud Speakers Network, also produced top-rated podcasts such as “The Brilliant Idiots” with Charlamagne Tha God.

Ossé also produced the critically acclaimed audio documentary on Chris Lighty, “Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty.”

In October, Ossé announced on social media that he had colon cancer. He recently died at the age of 48.

Dozens of prominent members in hip-hop have extended their condolences to Ossé’s family.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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