Popular hip-hop personality Reggie “Combat Jack” Ossé has reportedly died. Social media has exploded with condolences to the rap podcaster and music historian.
Various hip-hop artists and entertainers have reacted to the news of Jack’s death.
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
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
DAMN MAN REST IN PEACE TO MY BROTHER @Combat_Jack ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO EVER EMBRACE ME IN THIS WHOLE SHIT. MY HEART IS HEAVY MAN FUCK. LOVE ALWAYS.
— FUCK THATS DELICIOUS (@ActionBronson) December 20, 2017
— UPROXX Hip-Hop (@RealTalkUPROXX) December 20, 2017
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
Rest in peace Combat Jack.
— Alchemist (@Alchemist) December 20, 2017
At a loss for words. Rest In Peace to Combat Jack, one of the most incredible individuals I’ve ever known
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) 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
Damn. Rest In Peace Combat Jack. Combat was a living history book for hip hop and was always down to share that information. More importantly, he was kind. We need more of that. And his presence will be missed deeply, but he’ll never be absent.
— brandon / jinx (@Jersey_Jinx) December 20, 2017
“Internets, you know what time it is: Dream them dreams
then man-up and live them dreams, because a life without dreams is black and white,
and the universe flows in technicolor and surround-sound. Blaow!”
RIP Combat Jack
— Donwill (@donwill) December 20, 2017
— DJ Whoo Kid (@DJWhooKid) December 20, 2017
As if 2017 couldn't get any worse, we have lost our dear friend @Combat_Jack, who has passed away from his battle with colon cancer.
We will miss you, Reggie. pic.twitter.com/hqRZRWwGfs
— DJBooth (@DJBooth) December 20, 2017
R.I.P. to the legend @Combat_Jack. Great, great guy.
life is short.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) December 20, 2017
RIP to OG Regg @Combat_Jack dude always showed me love and had good words for the kid to ponder on.
— Chase N. Cashe (@ChaseNCashe) 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 Peace, @Combat_Jack. Your voice, your heart, your flavor will be sorely missed. RIP
— April (@ReignOfApril) December 20, 2017
Reggie Osse was a name I knew from before the Internet. When I saw he was online as Combat Jack telling old industry stories it bugged me out since several of those stories I heard third/fourth hand but HE did the deals. He was in the office. He told the OTHER side. Blew my mind.
— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) December 20, 2017
for me, personally, catching up with reggie was a moment to pause and reflect. did @CombatJackShow three times. each time was like catching up with an old homie who wanted to know what'd happened since we last spoke.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) December 20, 2017
Back in October, Combat Jack shocked fans by announcing a battle with colon cancer.
— The Common Denominator (@Its_AKing) October 23, 2017
In mid-November, CJ went to social media and updated fans on his condition.
Jack is most known for interviewing a slew of major celebrities and hip-hop moguls.
As host of hip-hop’s “undisputed #1 podcast,” Ossé has sat down with the likes of Russell Simmons, Redman, Jeezy, Joe Budden, Common, Scarface, RZA, Angela Rye, Ice Cube, Jemele Hill, Michael Eric Dyson, and many more for a unique dialogue on their “journeys, philosophies and viewpoints.” (Billboard)