Ossé was a well-regarded attorney in the hip-hop community, mostly notably representing JAY-Z and Roc Nation and duo Capone-N-Noreaga in the 1990s. Highly regarded as a hip-hop historian, he later wrote for and became managing editor of The Source.
In 2010, he started his hit podcast The Combat Jack Show, where he gained new fans with his knowledge of hip-hop as a genre and a culture.
Spin reported that Ossé’s peers and other hip-hop figures shared condolences on social media.
My heart is broken. Combat Jack was one of the kindest, most incredible people I knew. I tried to hire him 10x over the years, but he was smart enough to keep building his own empire. I loved that dude...I will really miss him. Thanks Reggie for your mentorship + friendship. RIP pic.twitter.com/XhWv7YaLEh
for me, personally, catching up with reggie was a moment to pause and reflect. did @CombatJackShow three times. each time was like catching up with an old homie who wanted to know what'd happened since we last spoke.
except he always knew what had happened. he just wanted to celebrate it a bit. was looking forward to when i could take @PabloTorre with me and do it again. didn't realize we wouldn't get that chance. this is a sad one for a lot of us.
I’m gutted at the news my friend Reggie Osse aka @Combat_Jack has passed away. No one Ive known loved Hip Hop more. He left lawyering to share his love with us all through his perfect hip hop podcast. Shedding a tear listening to our interview from 2012. https://t.co/a7bS20oe9n