Reggie ossé, also known as Combat Jack, has been a major figure in the Hip-Hop world for decades now. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Combat Jack was first introduced into the Hip-Hop industry by interning at Def Jam as a young student. Years later after graduating from Georgetown University, Jack received his law degree in entertainment law which would later give him the opportunity to represent influential Hip-Hop figures like Jay-Z and P.Diddy. Shortly after starting his own legal practice, Jack realized that the path of an attorney was not his true calling. In December of 2003, Jack shut down his firm after practicing law for 12 years, and began blogging for music publications like XXL and The Source. In 2010, Jack began hosting the Combat Jack Show, an internet-radio show that caters to Hip-Hop lovers. For those who love programs like the Breakfast Club, or Sway in the Morning, will surely find it easy to gravitate towards this podcast. Below is a guide for what we feel is the top 5 episodes of the Combat Jack Show.
The Young Guru Episode
This interview featured Hip-Hop pioneer Young Guru, who spoke about the current music in this era, as well as the changes in both West Coast and East Coast Hip-Hop. This is a great episode because Young Guru talks about the dynamics of his relationships with renowned artist like Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, as well as how important the collaboration process between producers, engineers, and artists are when creating hit records..
The Russell Simmons Episode
This episode is definitely a gem and should not be overlooked! Hip-Hop legend Russell Simmons reflects on his childhood growing up as a gang member and selling drugs before his music carrer. Mr. Simmons and Combat Jack also talk about controversial issues in relation to politics, race, and activism. In this day and time, it is rare to find a current interview with the Godfather Russell Simmons, so make sure to check it out!
The Big KRIT Episode
This interviewed was released back around the time when KRIT dropped his 2nd Def Jam album “Cadillactica,” and when Kendrick Lamar dropped his infamous “Control” verse. Combat Jack talks to KRIT about the Kendrick verse, his own growth as an artist, as well as what is next for him and his career. The best interviews are always the ones that give audiences a deeper understanding of their favorite artist. Add this episode to your list, especially if you are interested in hearing about KRIT’s personal experiences in the music industry.
The J. Cole Episode
J. Cole speaks about battling his doubts, and trying to live up to many people’s expectations before working on his album “2014 Forest Hill Drive.” In this interview, J. Cole highlights the importance of grinding and appreciating everything no matter how big or small the reward. This is a great episode for those who can relate to the struggles of chasing dreams while under finacial stress.
The David Banner Episode
Combat Jack gets up close in personal with David Banner, as he talks about what it means to be an artist in the game, overcoming depression, sex addiction, and the benefits of good meditation. On top of discussing his new album that dropped this August, Banner also gives his opinion on the state of our society and his overall understanding of religion. This episode is purely organic simply because one can feel the strong passion David Banner displays in this interview. Make sure to check out David Banner’s album titled “God Box.”