Last month, Combat Jack was a guest speaker on TEDxGowanus in Brooklyn. During his speech, he discussed hip-hop’s influence and race relations. Below is a description of his talk.
“Reggie Ossé has been on the front lines of Hip Hop culture since it began in the early 1980s. Growing up in NYC, eventually becoming an attorney for up-and-coming rap stars (Jay Z and Damon Dash to name a few), and now as the host of The Combat Jack Show podcast, Ossé didn’t just witness hip hop’s ascendency to popular culture, he also helped create it. But as the culture he knows and loves became assimilated into the mainstream, he could not help but feel pushed to the outside… influencing but not participating in an America in which he is a respected and recognized voice.”