Combat Jack, Podcast Pioneer, Gets Brooklyn Street Named In His Honor

Pioneering podcaster Combat Jack had a Brooklyn street named in his honor on what would’ve been the late media mogul’s 55th birthday.

On Tuesday (July 9), a section of Bergen Street in the borough’s Crown Heights neighborhood was renamed Reggie “Combat Jack” Ossé Place as an acknowledgement to the Brooklyn native’s contributions, both culturally and locally.

The official unveiling of Reggie “Combat Jack” Ossé Place, which sits on Bergen Street between New York Ave. and Brooklyn Ave., occurred on Tuesday morning, with Ossé’s son, New York City Councilman Chi Ossé, sharing the news on social media.

“Today, we named a street for my dad on the block where he raised us,” the younger Ossé captioned happy birthday @reggieosse.”

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A Brooklyn native, Ossé graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, becoming a high-powered entertainment attorney, with a client base that included legendary acts such as JAY-Z, Busta Rhymes, Noreaga, and others. During the early ’00s, Ossé transitioned into the literary world, penning Bling: The Hip Hop Jewelry Book, which was released in 2006.

In 2010, Ossé and the late Dallas Penn launched The Combat Jack Show, which became one of the first breakout podcasts in the Hip-Hop community and heightened Ossé’s ascent as a cultural talking-head and curator.

During the show’s successful run, Ossé, Penn, and later, Premium Pete, interviewed a host of artists, executives, producers, and other contributors, and launched his own media company Loud Speakers Network, which helped launch the careers of popular personalities such as Taxstone, Kid Fury, and Crissle West.

Unfortunately, Combat Jack passed away at age 48 following a battle with colon cancer, a loss that rocked the Hip-Hop and media communities. Today, he is remembered as a trailblazer for helping lead the charge and open doors for the popular Hip-Hop-centered podcasts of today, including the Joe Budden Podcast, Million Dollaz Worth of Game, and Drink Champs.

See Chi Ossé’s Instagram post here.