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
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.— MR. HAN SOME (@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.— bomani (@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