Reggie Ossé (more commonly known as Combat Jack) has a devotion to and passion for his craft that is undeniable. And it’s likely why his weekly hip-hop culture podcast The Combat Jack Show attracts listeners as wide-ranging as a 70-year-old “ride-or-die” fan and two-time Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill. He and his motley crew of singular personalities discuss hip-hop, culture and current events, and interview their guests honestly, with an entertaining mix of equal parts irreverence and respect. The show recently incited some media furor because an episode with retired NYPD Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues revealed his criminal past — controversial to some, but standard fare to those familiar with his show’s candor.
A former entertainment attorney whose past clients include industry heavyweights like Jay Z and Diddy, Ossé remembers driving his kids to school in the mornings and listening to former Hot 97 host Star and thinking, ‘I wish I could do that. I wish I was as brave and fearless and carefree.’ Walking away from his law practice to pursue a more creative path initially meant writing a book, then spinning captivating behind-the-scene yarns on his blog Daily Mathematics, and then eventually co-hosting The Combat Jack Show, where it’s clear that he is having the time of his life bringing the stories of people he admires to the world.
Here, Ossé shares his advice on making it in the podcast world and offers wisdom on how to make your passion your reality.