The Hip-hop Historian: Combat Jack

October 8, 2014 6:55 PM

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The Hip-hop Historian: Combat Jack

Hip-hop has been around for over 30 years now. Different magazines, such as Vibe and XXL, did their part in documenting it, but it was not well preserved. As its popularity rose, the need for that documentation became more evident. For whatever reason, no one stepped up to the plate, until the foremost hip-hop historian today, Reggie Osse, more commonly known by the name Combat Jack. His Combat Jack Show has been the No. 1 podcast on hip-hop for some time now, but only recently started being accredited in the mainstream. He has been podcasting for over four years now, interviewing and documenting all the most important people about the genre, teaching us things we could have never learned otherwise. The reason he has been perfect for the job is not only because he lived during the era, but also was part of it all. If there was ever a person who should be teaching a class on hip-hop, it's this man.

Born and raised in New York City, and always with a passion for the creative side of things, he got into Cornell University. It was actually his art portfolio that had gotten him into Cornell, but before going he was warned that their fine arts program was terrible. During his first semester he real...

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