RIP Combat Jack

So, for those who don’t know, I’m a big podcast guy, son. Like, for someone who’s a musician, I spend waaay more time listening to podcasts, man. In any case, out of all of the podcasts in the known universe, the Combat Jack Show is always one of my go-to listens. With that being said, I’m sad to hear about the death of Reggie Ossé aka Combat Jack. Now, while I was aware of his cancer diagnosis, I didn’t expect him to go so soon, fam. All in all, Rest In Peace to one of Hip Hop‘s podcast pioneers, bruh.

Ok, back in October, Jack came out of the blue and told the world that he was recovering from colon cancer surgery. At the time, that news was shocking because us fans didn’t know he was sick. Anyway, in my eyes, even though I’ve personally seen the affects of cancer on loved ones, I thought Jack was going to be alright. Now, my sentiments were mainly based on Jack’s own demeanor. I mean, even though he knew he was in a precarious position, he still had a good attitude about everything. Real talk, he refused to let the cancer dim his light, son. All I know is, his outward composure was commendable as fuck, man.

Moving on, although Jack is now gone, his influence can’t be denied, fam. Listen, outside of his history as a prominent lawyer in Hip Hop, he founded one of the culture’s most recognizable podcast brands, fam. Hell, as of right now, who isn’t on the Loud Speakers Network, bruh? Currently, they have The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle, The Brilliant Idiots with Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz, Lip Service with Angela Yee and many more. In addition, they also had Tax Season with Taxstone before his unfortunate legal situation. Now, when I add on Mogul, his Chris Lighty documentary on Spotify, it’s clear that this man had a MAJOR impact on the zeitgeist, son.

In the end, shout-out to Mr. Ossé for everything he’s accomplished, man. Ultimately, I hope he realized his impact while he was here, fam. By and by, he was a real torchbearer for Hip Hop and that should never be forgotten. Once again, RIP to Combat Jack. LC out.

Did Charlamagne Tha God Sell Out?

Sooooo, even in the middle of writing this post, I could already feel the backlash, son. In any case, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t persevere, man. With that being said, I feel like everyone got Charlamagne Tha God‘s point about Tomi Lahren wrong. Now, when I say that, I’m not even discussing his decision to hang out with her on the streets of New York. That’s a much different, and troubling, point entirely. In actuality, I’m talking about the Twitter shitstorm he started when he expressed his desire to see more liberals and minority women have a “platform” as visible as Lahren’s. In all honesty, if we really think about it, that’s what all of us “woke” people should want. We should all be fighting to control our own narratives and present them to the most people as possible.

Now, before I continue, let me get one thing out of the way: I disagree with literally EVERYTHING that comes out of Tomi Lahren’s mouth. On the real, her basic lack of knowledge, coupled with the arrogance she speaks with, irks me to my core. Here’s the thing, though: every time she says something flippantly stupid, it goes viral and we all waste our time trying to debate her. By riling us all up, she’s accomplishing the exact thing she set out to do. Her ratings only increase and the idiots who follow her only feel empowered. Being real, if we had more direct competition to her piss pile of a show, we’d be able to cut down on her “influence.” I mean, look at what happens any time someone actually challenges her. Trevor Noah made her look like a fool on The Daily Show. The more we’re on everyone’s radar, the more we can rid our society of trolls like Lahren.

Moving on, when I say we need more direct competition, I’m well aware of the fact there a number of women who are already doing their thing. Whether we’re talking about Crissle West, Jamilah Lemieux or Franchesca Ramsey, there are a number of Black women who are talking that real and not letting the bullshit slide. The way I see it, their platforms need to be MUCH larger than Lahren’s, this way our country can actually achieve the progress it desperately needs. Hell, as much “woke” shit as I write, I’d like to see my own message travel further. However; I don’t want to seem selfish in my intentions. In any case, the more people who are engaged, the stronger our movement will become.

In the end, I may disagree with how Charlamagne phrased his point, but I believe the logic is there. The more visible we are, the more impactful our voices will be. Now, I’m not going to front like I have all of the answers on how to get the exposure we need, but in all seriousness, it’s extremely important for our perspectives to be shown. Ultimately, “words mean things” like Kid Fury would say. Charlamagne may just need to work on his delivery. Good day.