On Wednesday, Dec. 20, family confirmed with REVOLT TV that revered hip-hop attorney and podcaster Reggie Osse, better known as Combat Jack, has died after a bout with cancer.
Osse, a Haitian American and a graduate of Cornell University, earned respect in the industry as an entertainment lawyer for JAY-Z, Dame Dash, Roc-A-Fella Records, Capone-N-Noreaga, and many others. He also worked as managing editor at The Source magazine, wrote a book called Bling about hip-hop's history with jewelry, and worked as Vice President of Audio/Music DVD at MTV Networks.
But over the better part of the past decade, Osse was mostly known as the host of The Combat Jack Show podcast, one of the earliest successful hip-hop podcasts. The show, co-hosted by Dallas Penn, Just Blaze, Premium Pete, DJ Benhameen and AKing, saw Osse interviewing a variety of hip-hop artists, celebrities, industry movers and shakers, and friends. The Combat Jack Show became the flagship of The Loud Speakers Network, a network of podcasts that includes successful shows such as The Read and The Brilliant Idiots.
Earlier this year, he produced Mogul, a critically-acclaimed narrative podcast that told the story of deceased record executive Chris Lighty.
In October, Osse revealed that he was diagnosed with colon cancer, and said that he would begin treatment with chemotherapy and alternative medicine. His cohosts continued to release episodes in his honor, while using the hashtag #CombatCancer on social media.
In light of his death, members of the hip-hop community have shown their support on social media. REVOLT TV will report future updates.
Take care of your health. And each other.— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) December 20, 2017
Terrible way to close out the year. Totally devastated to hear another one of ours has passed, the King #CombatJack. He is such a vital and vibrant part of the culture from his early work as a lawyer, starting a podcast network, his own successful @combatjackshow , his various hostings, his curating... But the biggest part he played to so many of us including myself is that Big Brother role. He always had advice about business, life, the music biz. I wish I could be more eloquent about how much we all loved him, how much I loved him and appreciated him. I’m so heartbroken for his kids, “Mrs. Combat” as I called her, and his family. Reg was such a proud family man and there was never time a time when we spoke, that we didn’t talk about his children and some fantastic achievement they’ve accomplished (His sons were accomplished in school, His daughter was in the cover of Time Magazine!!!) A lot of times they were with him and all them are just great, focused, genuine kids. Manners!!!! He raised them with so much love.... And speaking of love, Reg took care of the culture with love!!!! Yeah, there are a lot of us in position (maybe too many) to represent the culture or have a voice in the culture, but are you handling that responsibility with care? Do you really love and respect your culture? Do you Really take care of your culture? Are you trying to add on to it? Are you trying to preserve it? You would never have to ask Reg any of those questions. He loved hip-hop so much. He was and is hip-hop and we are going to keep your legacy alive King! Thank you for everything and I’m grateful I did get to tell you that I love you bro before you passed. #YoungCombat Alway called him that. I will never forget those times sitting in Times Square or when I came out to BK and we were just building and you were dropping the illest gems on me that I used and helped me grow.
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
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
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
R.I.P. to the legend @Combat_Jack. Great, great guy.— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) December 20, 2017
life is short.