Reggie Osse aka “Combat Jack” from the Combat Jack podcast & Backspin Sirius XM’s Backstory passed away.
A graduate of Cornell University, Combat Jack was a pioneer in hip hop. He was mostly known for his start as an attorney for Def Jam who later transitioned into executive roles for major companies like MTV. He would later host amazing interviews with hip hop legends like Chris Lighty.
In an interview with ADWEEK, Reggie enclosed his entire resume.
In October the podcast host released a statement on Twitter regarding his health.
— Combat Jack Show (@CombatJackShow) October 23, 2017
He also posted this clip on the phone with his friend LL Cool J.
Hip Hop reacted to the news.
Heartbreaking. RIP Reggie "Combat Jack" Osse. Great man, storyteller and leader. Your contributions to hip hop will never ever be forgotten. Ultimate salute. pic.twitter.com/McK0F9TvYp
— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) December 20, 2017
Rest In Peace to the Legendary Combat Jack. And thank you for everything.
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) December 20, 2017
Hip Hop has lost one of 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….
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) December 20, 2017
R.i.p Combat jack !!! We gonna miss u king!! pic.twitter.com/aYBfv1JjvY
— Raekwon Da Chef (@Raekwon) December 20, 2017
We throw around OG a lot. Combat Jack was a true OG.
He lived his shit. He kept pushing forward, pivoting his game, and lifting others along the way. He knew and valued the power of the next generation. And he would come up and tell you what was dope and what was wack.
— brandon / jinx (@Jersey_Jinx) December 20, 2017
Damn bro… Combat Jack you brought so much to HipHop conversations. Thank You.
— OldMan Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 20, 2017
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) December 20, 2017
It is to be noted his constant support for the youth in our culture.
reggie osse was one of the smartest and most helpful ppl i met in this game. he was my listener and i was his. and i hate to know he’s gone. r.i.p., @combat_jack.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) December 20, 2017
When you can physically feel the impact someone has on the culture, you know it’s real. Combat’s aura & words resonated across generations of hip-hop, especially in the podcast game. If you had one conversation with him, you were better because of it. Rest well, @Combat_Jack 🙏🏽
— Jeff J. (@JeffJSays) December 20, 2017
RIP Combat Jack, who let us into his family and onto his podcast, who brought donuts to our apartment and carried stories for days. 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.
— ItsTheReal (@itsthereal) December 20, 2017
The most sincere interview I’ve ever had was on his podcast. Rest In Power Combat Jack. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/zyxzWvjZgc
— Stalley (@Stalley) December 20, 2017
I'm speechless… Rest In Pease Reggie Osse (Combat Jack). Thank you for all that you did for Hip Hop & for the podcast on my father! Your voice and spirit will be missed. My condolences to his family & close friends. pic.twitter.com/uE0lcFcjGF
— Tiffany Lighty (@tiffanylighty) December 20, 2017
Me & Combat Jack had our verbal spars. Cancers of the zodiac are a passionate ilk. I have threads of our debates lingering in my gmail. We must continue the culture of respectfully challenging one another. It's healthy for hip-hop & for the world. RIP to a true trailblazer.
— Karlie Hustle (@THEkarliehustle) December 20, 2017
My heart is broken. Combat Jack was one of the kindest, most incredible people I knew. I tried to hire him 10x over the years, but he was smart enough to keep building his own empire. I loved that dude…I will really miss him. Thanks Reggie for your mentorship + friendship. RIP pic.twitter.com/XhWv7YaLEh
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 20, 2017
Rest In Power to my brotha Combat Jack. This brotha had so much love and respect for the culture. He was one of the realest dudes in the broadcast game. ✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/VwObHyytAk
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) December 20, 2017
RIP Combat Jack one of my biggest inspirations and a true friend. Earning his respect and getting to know the man up close and personal was a true honor. I figured we had so much more time pic.twitter.com/dwsCbS0Ofk
— adam22 (@adam22) December 20, 2017
Dream those dreams, and live those dreams, because a life without dreams is black and white, and the universe flows in technicolor and surround sound. BLOAW! Thank you for the knowledge @Combat_Jack, rest in power! pic.twitter.com/U5rggAnTei
— Espen Drivenes (@AreaFY) December 20, 2017
Listen to The Combat Jack Podcast Show Here:
— Jas Waters (@JasFly) December 20, 2017
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