The Jacka, a Bay Area rapper who got his start with the Mob Figaz, was shot and killed Monday (Feb. 2) night in Oakland. The 37-year-old artist released a wealth of material over the years since the late 1990’s, and was active recently as last fall.
The Jacka, born Dominic Newton, was gunned down in East Oakland around 8:15 p.m. local time. According to a report from CBS San Francisco, The Jacka was on MacArthur Boulevard by 94th Avenue in the Eastmont area of Oakland when the incident occurred. As of this report, no suspects have been named in the killing.
The Jacka was a member of C-Bo’s Mob Figaz, also known as the Mobb Figgas. He went solo in 2001, releasing over a dozen albums with a few of them hitting the Billboard charts. The Jacka also released a handful of mixtapes and compilation albums. The rapper also recorded five albums with the Mob Figaz, including a reunion record released in 2011.
Philadelphia rapper Freeway collaborated with The Jacka for 2014’s Highway Robbery album, one of nearly three dozen such collaborative works since the mid-2000’s.
Rappers and artists such as Crooked I, Nipsey Hussle, Raekwon, DJ Premier, Goapele and others took to Twitter to leave their condolences.