Reggie Ossé, better known to the world as Combat Jack, helped to bring the podcast era into the light by way of his popular The Combat Jack Show series. Today marks one year since the passing of Combat Jack from cancer complications, and the Internets, chiefly Twitter, are gathered in remembrance of the media personality.
With popular shows like The Joe Budden Podcast, The Read, and many others, The Combat Jack Show was a notable precursor to the rise of Black podcasts in general. Ossé’s influence in the industry and his accomplishments as an entertainment attorney and media power figure are well-documented, giving him an almost endless level of access to some of the biggest names in music and culture.
Beyond the show and fame, Ossé by nearly every account was one of the most approachable and humble figures of his stature. On Twitter Thursday, the hashtag #CombatJackDay has become a national trending topic with fans and supporters showing their respects for Ossé and all he did for the game.
We’ve collected some of the responses under the hashtag below.
Rest Powerfully In Peace, Combat Jack.
It’s been a wild calendar year since December 20, 2017. Everytime something happens in the world, good or bad, I wonder what you’d think of it. Still feels unreal that you’re not here. Rest In Peace, Reggie Ossé. Combat Jack is forever. #CombatJackDay #CombatCancer #BombatBancer pic.twitter.com/UYLCybWtGH— Jason, Jah, Leezy (@HipHopObama) December 20, 2018
The Dame Dash episode In 2013 was the first time I listened to the Combat Jack show and didn’t know what the fuck a podcast was after that I went back and listened to every episode and damn near became a 5 percenter me and my mans was learning the math tho #CombatJackDay— Bossalinie (@Carlos_Marcello) December 20, 2018
The episodes with:— C.E. Little, Ph.D. (@ItsDrLittle) December 20, 2018
Marc Lamont Hill
Jemele Hill/Michael Smith
And several more. Basically all'uhm. #RIPCombatJack @CombatJackShow #CombatJackDay https://t.co/sFAqt8ACAv
It’s seems so much longer than a year that we lost a very important person. His voice and perspective is missed. I always felt smarter after listening to a @Combat_Jack podcast. R.I.P 🙏🏾#CombatJackDay pic.twitter.com/YCfbwekbv5— Carl Thomas’ Turtleneck (@therealkj4) December 20, 2018
#CombatJackDay internets! Tribute to the pod God 🙏🏾— The Blake Check (@KingBlakey) December 20, 2018
Rest in Power to Reggie Osse, known by many as Combat Jack. ❤️ It’s been 1 year since we’ve lost the hip-hop podcast pioneer and one of our biggest influences here at On The Regular. We hope to make a way on the path you paved for us by pushing the culture forward #CombatJackDay pic.twitter.com/yqATooHFQ8— On The Regular Podcast (@OnTheRegularPod) December 20, 2018
#CombatJackDay we miss you, we love you! You better be wearing a turtleneck today my brother 🙏🏽— Premium Pete (@PremiumPete) December 20, 2018
"Internets - you know what it is. Dream those dreams then man-up and live them dreams, because a life without dreams is black and white, and the universe flows in technicolor and surround-sound. Blaow! " - Reggie Osse#CombatJackDay pic.twitter.com/4bsj5mMGdd— •UPNORTHTRIPS• (@evboogie) December 20, 2018