Worldwide – News of the death of Reggie “Combat Jack” Ossé has been met with a swift reaction in the Hip Hop community, with many turning to social media to share their condolences.
A number of people expressed their overall appreciation for Combat Jack, a Hip Hop music lawyer-turned-podcast host.
“Heartbreaking. RIP Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse. Great man, storyteller and leader. Your contributions to hip hop will never ever be forgotten. Ultimate salute,” Elliott Wilson tweeted.
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
Ohio rhymer Stalley recalled having his “most sincere interview” with Combat Jack.
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
Action Bronson let it be known that Combat Jack was one of the first to embrace him as an artist and Outkast’s Big Boi kept it sweet and simple.
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
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) December 20, 2017
With news of Combat Jack’s death coming less than two months after he revealed that he was battling colon cancer, many Hip Hoppers expressed their shock.
I’m heartbroken to hear that Reggie Osse has died. Damn. I knew the man for over 20 years. He was an excellent brother—smart, cool, funny, loyal, just great. Both Combat Jack and Mogul were incredible shows. This is really hard to swallow. He will be missed. #CombatJack
— Touré (@Toure) December 20, 2017
— Angela Yee (@angelayee) December 20, 2017
Rest in peace Combat Jack.
— Alchemist (@Alchemist) December 20, 2017
After everyone left I snuck back into the hospital to say goodbye again and thank you for your friendship. I heard you talking that Buddhist talk in my head and realized you were finally at the peace you’d been seeking for so long. The spaceship will live on and fly forever. We love you bro. – Cheat Code.
I appreciate all the bornday love and blessings 🙏🏽🎂 but on this day I’m heavily thinking of my brother @Combat_Jack I love you Reggie you’ve always been a big brother to me. We done so much together and all I want is GOD to do so much for you. Your loved just know that 🌹❤️ pic.twitter.com/WZlbw5jIg0
— Premium Pete (@PremiumPete) December 17, 2017
Combat Jack was one of the kindest and most honest people I’ve ever met. He had a heart of gold.
RIP, @Combat_Jack. You are missed.
— deray (@deray) December 20, 2017
I had the pleasure of being on The Combat Jack Show after Jack pushed me to start a combat sports podcast. I opened the Raekwon show and we talked briefly about our history. I told him after I’d forever be in debt to him but he wasn’t having it. https://t.co/3ulzdp1xol
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) 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. to the legend @Combat_Jack. Great, great guy.
life is short.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) December 20, 2017
— DJ Whoo Kid (@DJWhooKid) December 20, 2017
— Dreamville (@Dreamville) December 20, 2017
— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) December 20, 2017
RIP Combat Jack https://t.co/2IXVdlJqJ2
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) 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
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
RIP Combat Jack 🙏🏽
— Joell Ortiz (@JoellOrtiz) December 20, 2017
RIP Combat Jack. Fuck Cancer
— Snare Jordan (@JakeUno) December 20, 2017
RIP Combat Jack. No words suffice to capture the multitudes he possessed. A rap encyclopedia who could spin stories about both Bronx block parties & the Paradise Garage. A brilliant interviewer & attorney. A kind gentle soul who understood & cared about the culture like no other.
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) December 20, 2017
most of hip-hop’s historians exist outside institutions, and we lost a vital one today – rip combat jack.
— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) December 20, 2017