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Jack Combat


Reggie Ossé, known as Combat Jack, first rose to prominence in the recording industry as founding partner of the small New York City law firm Ossé and Woods, where his clients included such legends as Jay-Z, Damon Dash, DMX, Sean "Diddy" Combs' Hitmen production team, along with producers, songwriters and artists who shaped the “golden era” sound of the 1990s.
During his time as an attorney, Reggie built relationships and developed a keen appreciation for the behind-the-scenes players who were instrumental in shaping mainstream pop culture.
After closing his law practice, Reggie briefly worked as an executive at MTV; then he decided to change career paths and began blogging under the name “Combat Jack.” His authenticity and riveting tales from the golden age of hip-hop quickly developed a following and Reggie was named managing editor of The Source, where he served for a year before dedicating himself full time to The Combat Jack Show podcast and The Loudspeakers Podcast Network.
Reggie is also the author of Bling: A History of Hip-Hop Jewelry, and his writing has appeared in The Source, Complex, XXL, and Red Bull Music Academy's The Daily Note. As an active participant in social media, Billboard named Reggie one of the “140 Music Writers to Follow on Twitter.” Complex named him one of the “Top 25 Writers to Follow on Twitter.” As the host of The Combat Jack TV Show, Reggie interviews artists in a television talk-show format and was recently added to programming on the BET Network. Complex called Reggie the "Dick Cavett" of rap because of his unique interview skills, a trait agreed upon by J.Cole, Russell Simmon, Chuck D, Lil Boosies, Common. Combat Jack has made a great impact and will only continue to make his presence felt on all platforms.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/9/2015: Beat Sessions: J Dilla

A panel discussion that takes an up-close look at the music and life of James Dewitt Yancey (aka J Dilla) from the unique perspective of fellow music producers, highly-respected DJs, incredible artists, and special guests. Guests include Amp Fiddler, Slum Village, Musiq Soulchild, DJ Spinna, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 9th Wonder and Timothy Anne Burnside (Smithsonian NMAAHC). This program may contain mature themes and strong language. Part of D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the 10th Annual D.C. Loves Dilla festivities at the Kennedy Center and The Howard Theatre.

Jack Combat