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The Ice T Episode

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Ice T’s been around for a while and came through the show to share his journey from the death of his parents in New Jersey to encountering gang culture in Los Angeles. From drugs to robberies to rapping to a record deal. A step by step of how the Body Count song “Cop Killer” changed his whole life, and how he and Coco (she’s here too) managed to keep their marriage alive. There’s a whole lot here. Ice T, uncensored.

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The Stalley Episode

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Ohio’s first son (other than Lebron) talks Rick Ross, MMG and the role he plays. His come up days with Dame Dash, Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa, the day Mos Def “discovered” him, how he might could be more Brooklyn than you and more. What is one of today’s most slept on rappers plan on making an impact with his debut album ‘Ohio’ dropping on October 28th? Go ahead and press play.

Combat Jack and Francis Chiser Present ‘PG-14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa 1986 – 1987′

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If you know me, you know I’m a Paradise Garage head, and if you really know New York City, you’ll know that the Paradise Garage was the GOAT New York night club.

Maestro Larry Levan spun magic weekly and house music has never been the same. For years I’ve searched for a classic sounding Paradise Garage mixtape circa 1985 – 1987, arguably the club’s best years before it closed its doors in 1987. Frustrated, I settled for never getting my hands on such a tape.

A few weeks ago, friend and Internets colleague Francis Chiser asked me if I’d be down to curate a Garage tape that would capture the magic of the club’s ’85 – ’87 heyday. Jumping in, I wanted to make sure we featured music that I personally heard Larry play as he slayed. Francis and I vetted through hundreds of songs that got touched by Larry.

Weeks later, we proudly present to you ‘PG – 14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa ’85 – 87′. Listen to this as a 3 hour time capsule reflecting a very special time in my life and in New York underground culture.

A heartfelt thank you to Francis Chiser who, in recruiting me, helped me relive the some of the best times of my youth. Thanks also to the ever reliable Theotis Jones for his artwork capturing the retro gritty look of mid NYC iconography.

Enough. Press download and Jack your body.

Reggie Ossé – Combat Jack
August 28, 2014

1. Taana Gardner – Heartbeat
2. Linda Clifford – Runaway Love
3. Womack & Womack – I’m Scared of You
4. Gwen Guthrie – Aint Nothin Goin On But The Rent
5. Touch – Without You
6. NYC Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait
7. The Clash – The Magnificent Seven
8. Diane Ross – Love Hangover
9. Grace Jones – Pull Up The Bumper
10. The It – Donnie
11. Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
12. Liz Torres – Can’t Get Enough
13. ESG – Moody
14. Ten City – Devotion
15. Jungle Wonz – The Jungle
16. Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face?
17. Inner Life – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
18. Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend
19. First Choice – Double Cross
20. Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
21. Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On
22. Fingers Inc. – Mystery of Love
23. Raze – Break 4 Love
24. Third World – Now That We Found Love
25. Chip E – Life This
26. Jeanette “JT” Thomas – Shake Your Body
27. Steve “Silk” Hurley – Jack Your Body
28. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
29. Ralph Rosario – You Used to Hold Me
30. Frankie Knuckles feat Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride
31. Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle
32. Roy Ayers – Running Away
33. Cyamnde – Bra
34.  First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder
35. Joubert Singers – Stand On the World
36. Stevie Wonder – All I Do

Combat Jack & Francis Chiser present “PG-14: A tribute to Larry Levan” by Francis Chiser on Mixcloud

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The Kevin Gates Episode

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Man, this has got to be one of the most unique interviews ever conducted on this show. It’s also one I throughly enjoyed. Go ahead and press play.

The Jeezy Episode

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Showbill by Theotis Jones

On the eve of the release of ‘Seen It All‘, his 5th studio album, Jeezy shared his growth as an artist, what the word “leadership” means to him, his experience at Ferguson, St. Louis, moving from being a street cat to a responsible role model, his relationship with Jay Z, his thoughts on Sean “Diddy” Combs and why he’s feeling so happy these days. It’s no more “Young”, it’s now Mr. Jeezy.

The Corey “Life” Pegues ‘From The Streets To The Beat” Episode

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Retired NYPD Deputy Inspector Corey “Life” Pegues’ life is a movie. No cliche. Growing up as a young gun in the crack riddled NYC borough of Queens, Life was one of the best soldiers of the legendary and most notorious Supreme Team street gang. Life talks his introduction to crack, the gun fights and the murders, and the moment he decided it was time to join the biggest gang in NYC, the NYPD. Listen as he takes us through the Dinkens to Giuliani to Bloomberg regimes, what Stop and Frisk really is, and what the fvck is really going on with the war that the police across the nation has seemingly declared against the nation’s people of color. We also get some expert analysis on The Abner Louima, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo and Michael Brown cases.

Bonus: Dallas Penn, fresh off his honeymoon, stops by like if he never left.

The Cormega ‘Mega Philosophy’ Episode

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In this age of tweaking, thots, wanton capitalism, violence and outsiders dictating what our culture is, QB veteran Cormega and legend Large Professor drop their brilliant ‘Mega Philosophy’ album. Cormega walks us through this classic, track by track. Go ‘head and press play/ dl.

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The Tariq Nasheed Episode

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Mr. Nasheed is a Jack of all trades, but man has mastered the art of making an impact. We talk about him growing up in the racist south, moving to Los Angeles to learn game, how he became a New York Times bestselling author, then how he switched it up with his hit documentary series ‘Hidden Colors’. Love him, hate him, one thing is guaranteed, you press play on this episode and you will learn game.

The Ben Baller and Boaz Episode

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Mr. Ben Yang has a lot to say. About a lot of people. And he got it off his chest. Ya’ll been clamoring for a West Coast guest? Here it is. Baller has stories for days. Suge Knight, Dr. Dre., Tupac Shakur, Death Row, Denzel Washington, Aftermath. He’s even got some Dame Dash and Jay Z stories. From record man to jeweler to the stars, dude doesn’t disappoint.

We also had up and coming Pittsburgh rapper Boaz come through and talk about being signed to Rostrum Records, going on tour with Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar, and how he’ll smoke Mr. Khalifa way tf under the table.

The Chuck D Episode feat. Keith Shocklee

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Showbill by Theotis Jones

Internets, this is such an honor.

It’s been  few years of me trying to get the legendary Chuck D on The Combat Jack Show. It took current events, plus the Freddie Foxxx episode to make this happen (thank you Bumpy!). How do I even describe this 3 hour long discussion with Chuck D and Keith Shocklee? Def Jam, Hot 97, Dr. Dre, N.W.A., Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Marley Marl, Flavor Flav, Eric B and Rakim, COINTELPRO, Run-DMC, the Bomb Squad, the dearth of diversity on rap radio… so much knowledge.

What I’m walking away with is how we have the power to control how we’re perceived in this culture. And how we have to stop making excuses. Now. Ladies and gents, we present to you, the Episode Without A Pause.

The Common Episode

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90 minutes wasn’t enough time. On the eve of releasing his tenth album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’, Common revisits his days growing up in Chicago, being inspired by Michael Jordan, house music, Chicago mayor Harold Washington, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and how this album addresses the current plight of black on black crime in the windy city. Also, what it means to reunite with No I.D., being haunted by the ghost of Emmett Til and the very real and deep mystical powers of the phenomena known as “Badu Box”. So much wasn’t covered, 90 minutes wasn’t enough, but you won’t hear this type of Common interview anywhere else on the planet.

‘Nobody’s Smiling’ hits store on July 22nd.

The Pete Rock Episode

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From Run-DMC to Kanye West, Soul Brother No. 1 been the go to guy to to make classic material. On top of that, how many countless producers he inspired, from legends like J Dilla and Kanye West to innovators like Madlib? #NeverForget the rap giants he helped birth, like NaS, and the Notorious B.I.G. Pete talks being raised by mentor/family member, the late, great Heavy D, and being encouraged to rap by Grand Puba, the true soul that went into producing “They Reminisce Over You”, and the uncredited classic hits you know but didn’t know was a Pete Rock production. Another session of Rap History is in effect, pull up a seat and  learn about your culture.

The Freddie Foxxx Episode

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Bumpy Knuckles stopped by to share his storied history with us. The depth of his relationship with Tupac Shakur. How Pete Rock saved his life. His deep relationship with NaS. How Chuck D literally had his life on the line for this culture. Another Steve Stoute story. And why, even though the rumors about him being the toughest guy in Hip Hop is exaggerated, no one should ever step to him in any club, even if they’re holding a sharpened weapon. I love this interview. We’re back to what we do, no hype, no shenanigans, no CEO beef, no industry shakedown, just the greatest rap stories you’ve never heard. Now go press download.

The Joie Manda Episode

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Who is Joie Manda? Why is his name being mentioned so much these days? Is he a “culture vulture”? How did he get to be a representative of Black music? For someone who hasn’t done a lot of public speaking, he speaks a great deal about these questions and more on this one.

The Vashtie Episode

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Vashtie Kola is perfect. How do you interview someone with no flaws? We were fortunate to squeeze out the not so perfect aspects of her life, where she grew up, the disfunction she experienced in her life, and what drove her to perfection, as well as her quirks and her discomfort about discussing past love Pharrell Williams. In a most intimate interview, we get what makes Vashtie so great.

The Marley Marl Episode

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We mention others as being on GOAT super producer status, but I’m not hearing Marley Marl’s name. Which is criminal. Listen to how Marley literally changed the game and pushed the art form. Hear him talk about the discoveries of Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap. Learn about how he inadvertently produced his own dis track “The Bridge Is Over”, what happened to the Juice Crew, and more. After this episode, you’re guaranteed to acknowledge his place amongst the greatest whoever did it.

Also: DJ BenHaMeen’s Marley Marl Music Breaks

The DJ D-Nice Episode

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Who is more Renaissance Man than Mr. Derrick Jones? The Human TR-808 gives his most descriptive interview ever. He walks us step by step to the moment of Scott La Rock’s death, and how it affected his relationship with KRS-One. He shares how, after he blew up as a solo artist, everything dried up and he became homeless, broke and depressed. Then rebirth. Web designer, photography, one of the world’s preeminent  DJ’s. From peddling drugs to DJing for the President. We’ve heard many stories about one’s journey from the bottom to the top, but if this one doesn’t inspire you, you’re already dead. I know ya’ll keep telling us weekly how the latest episode be your top 5. You need to readjust that list again.

The Lord Finesse Episode

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Diggin’ In The Crates co-founder Lord Finesse gives us a history lesson on his days as the Funky Technician, discovering the late great Big L, being a part to the Notorious B.I.G.’s classic ‘Ready To Die’ album, running with Puff, working closely to this day with Dr. Dre and his legal issues with Mac Miller. Of course there’s more to this, so pull up a chair because rap class is in session. PLUS, a cameo comeback by Dallas Penn. #Str8Flourishments in effect b.

The Whoo Kid Episode

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How does a man stay married and yet have license to bed a thousand plus women? How does a man get kidnapped by Big Pun, and mad other crews and stay alive? How does a man get to pal around with Michael Jackson? How does one ride shotgun with 50 Cent and not get clapped at? Too many stories, but who else but Whoo Kid to tell them? Pow!

The Lil Boosie Episode

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The Tupac of Baton Rouge was in the building looking so clean. Lil Boosie gives us this exclusive on his seven children, his relationship with Pimp C, Webbie, Bun B and Young Jeezy. How freedom feels after being out over a month. And what kept him sane all them years in jail, and where the “Boosie Fade” came from. He’s doing other interviews, but you already know where his best one is coming from. Wipe me down Internets!

The Combat Jack Show: The Pharoahe Monch Episode

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Pharoahe Monch has been a favorite MC of mine for a long time so it only makes sense that we deliver his best interview in existence. In support of his brilliant album ‘P.T.S.D.’ we had an in studio listening session as Monch gave us his most personal interview to date. Who knew he used to carry them blammers? Who knew he was fed a deadly drug cocktail that took him to the edge of insanity? Who knew he was a heavy DipSet fan? Or liked 2 Chainz? What other MC admits getting murked on his own song? I really enjoyed this session. I hope you do too. Stand the fuck up!

The Combat Jack Show: The Scarface Episode

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Scarface lost 100 pounds. And we’re all over the place in this interview. He plays guitar, he talks drugs and depression and Pink Floyd, he talks about his time in prison, why his son went missing earlier this year, why Rick Ross is underrated and more. He does his best to avoid making controversial statements, but he just can’t help himself. This is Brad Jordan like you’ve never heard before.

The “Nigger” Episode feat. Sean C. & L.V. and Hakim Green

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What’s in a word? Obviously a lot as far as “nigger” is concerned. The media and politicians say “ban it” but how impossible is it to make the world’s most dangerous word disappear from existence? And do we really know what it means? Hakim Green of Channel Live fame walks us through this black word’s history, it’s etymology, and explains why this word will never go away, and why we should embrace rather than shun it. Also, Sean C. and L.V. talk their musical history and why we should cop their new album ‘Loud Dreams’ for only $Free Ninety Nine here. My lips is like an oowop as I start to spray it.