R.I.P. Reggie ‘Combat Jack’ Osse Passed Away at 48 Years Old #Cancer
Reggie Osse, the influential host of the “Combat Jack” podcast and a retired lawyer to hip-hop stars, has died at 48, according to The Root. Osse, who also went by Combat Jack, announced that he was battling colon cancer in October.
Osse was known in the 1990s as an attorney who represented Jay-Z, Capone-n-Noreaga and Roc-A-Fella records. Later, he retired from law. Osse worked as an executive at MTV and the managing editor of The Source magazine before he started the influential podcast “The Combat Jack Show” in 2010. Osse tackled hip-hop culture and race on his podcast and interviewed artists on his show and was considered a pioneer for hip-hop podcasts; he called himself the “anti-NPR voice.”
In April, Osse narrated an original Spotify podcast called “Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty,” which explored the life of the late music executive who managed Diddy and Missy Elliott. Lighty died in 2012 by apparent suicide. The New Yorker’s Sarah Larson named the podcast one of 2017’s best.
In October, Osse revealed that he was diagnosed with colon cancer on Twitter, saying that he had to be rushed to the hospital for surgery.
“I’m about to jump on this journey to health with chemo and alternative medicine,” he tweeted. “Take care of your health. Your boy aint going nowhere though. We’re gonna keep doing this. Keep rocking with us.”
In 2004, Ossé started blogging under the name Combat Jack while still working as an attorney. “I was going through this midlife crisis,” he told Forbes this year, “and I’d found my second childhood as Combat Jack.”
Since then, he became an internet radio personality and eventually a podcast host, long before many of today’s most prominent hip-hop-centric podcasts were launched.
By 2013, Ossé co-founded the Loud Speakers Network, a network of podcasts that has included “Brilliant Idiots” with Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Shulz, “Bodega Boys” with Desus and Mero, “Lip Service” with Angela Yee, and “Tax Season” with Tax Stone, among others.
Since Ossé’s passing was announced by New York radio station Hot 97 and others, several rappers, producers, and members of the hip-hop press have expressed their condolences on social media. R.I.P. Combat Jack.