Podcaster Combat Jack has Passed Away

Reggie Ossé, who was better known as Combat Jack, was the host of The Combat Jack Show. It was part of Loud Speakers Network. Reggie Ossé died at the age of 53. The cause of death was complications of colon cancer.

A description of The Combat Jack Show on Loud Speakers Network says:

The Combat Jack Show feat. Dallas is weekly online radio show comprised of a diverse array of personalities with an overall love and appreciation for hip hop culture, fashion, music, and current events. The show is helmed by Combat Jack and his co-host Dallas Penn, whose personalities add for an always entertaining show experience for the guests and listeners. With over 60 plus shows, thousands of downloads and online views this is only the beginning. “It don’t ever stop.” #Newmanati

The New York Times reported that Reggie Ossé was one of the founders of the Loud Speakers Network. Previously, he was a lawyer at Def Jam at a time when hip hop was young. After walking away from the entertainment industry, he worked as a blogger under the pseudonym Combat Jack. In 2010, he used the name Combat Jack as a podcaster.

NPR reported that “The Combat Jack Show started on a lark – with a crazy crew of sidemen including Dallas Penn, Premium Pete, an occasional Just Blaze, DJ Benhameen and producer A-King – on its way to becoming a pioneering hip-hop podcast.” The show included some of the rawest and rarest hip-hop interviews.

In addition to the The Combat Jack Podcast, Reggie Ossé produced and hosted the groundbreaking podcast Mogul: The Life & Death of Chris Lighty which is on Gimlet. The series is about hip-hop industry executive Chris Lighty, and it was hip-hop’s first serial narrative podcast when it debuted on Spotify.