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 this episode of The Combat Jack Show, guests from season one share stories about coming up in the rap game with their close associates. Maino describes his personal transition from breaking into the scene as a solo artist to working with his group The Black Flag Mafia. The Brooklyn rapper says it was difficult at first to make the adjustment, but now he and his team are prospering. "It's different, because a lot of times I had to only worry about myself. It was a lot more easier. Now, I can't just think for myself," he says. "It helped me get back into a zone creatively. To get the confidence that I need to go out and face these niggas. So it helped me as much as it's helping them."
French Montana talks about his relationship with Harlem rapper Max B, who is currently serving a 75-year prison sentence after being found guilty for murder conspiracy and robbery charges in 2009. French recounts their come up together, and describes Max B's prison sentence as a wake-up call. "We just met each other, got tight, started making music together," he says. "I had the best DVD, he was the hottest in the streets with the music. So we just put it together. We made a mixtape DVD, me and him. Like two, three of them. By the time you knew it, we were the hottest thing going on. That's when he caught his case and got 75 years."
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