Styles P Talks About Authenticity in The Rap Game And Getting Beaten Up - The Combat Jack Show Episode 1

Nobody does real talk like Reggie Ossé a.k.a. Combat Jack. The former rap industry attorney, media executive, author, and Internet radio talk-show personality now hosts The Combat Jack Show, where hip-hop's biggest names are put on the front line. The questions will be tough—and shots will be fired. Co-hosted by Dallas Penn, Premium Pete, and Just Blaze, The Combat Jack Show appears every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday on Complex TV. 

In the first part of our three part interview with Styles P on The Combat Jack Show, the gritty Yonkers MC began the conversation by revealing a physical altercation as a teen that changed his life. Styles says that he and a few friends were jumped outside of a nightclub, and the damages undeniably took a toll on his body. "I was hit by two-by-fours, garbage cans, stomp outs," he recounts. "When I woke up the next morning, my shit was like Elephant Man."

Stating this incident put him into "warrior mode," Styles P goes on to explain why he makes it a point to only depict real life experiences in his lyricism. "If you selling somebody your dream, or selling somebody a picture or selling somebody a painting, they want to know the artist really meant that shit." Combat Jack counters his explanation on the link between rhymes and real life with the movie industry, to which Styles P replies that even in entertainment, there's a keen difference. "Unlike acting, hip-hop and music is a way out for a lot of us, that's attainable," he says. "You have to sell authenticity."

Styles P's latest album, Float, is in stores now.

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