The Jacka was gunned down in Oakland, California a couple of days ago. The rapper was one of the most popular artists in the Bay Area, and widely considered to be one of the best West Coast rappers in the business. So far, no suspects have been identified in the shooting and death of The Jacka. Several recording artists went on social media to send their condolences to the rapper including Nipsey Hussle, E-40, Raekwon, Bun B, Keyshia Cole, and Freddie Gibbs. Raekwon tweeted, “R.I.P the jacka, had a chance to meet the homie cpl (sic) times & build with him & record some joints, my condolences to his family & friends.”
The Jacka was a member of the Mob Figaz in the 1990s, until he went solo in 2001. His biggest hit, “Tear Gas,” reached Number 12 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The rapper’s debut project was entitled Jacka of the Mob Figaz. The Bay Area rapper has released over a dozen albums, including his last albums entitled What Happened To The World and Highway Robbery in 2014. Highway Robbery was a collaborative effort with former Roc-A-Fella Records artist, Freeway. The Jacka has been featured on hundreds of rap albums, including working alongside E-40, Keak da Sneak, Devin the Dude, Cormega, and Paul Wall. Cormega collaborated on a number of projects with Jacka. Yesterday, the Queens rapper tweeted, “I been looking for the right words but I just can’t find them. How do you kill someone who is beloved by everyone and has love for people?”
Yesterday, Pitchfork released an exclusive interview it conducted with the rapper nearly four years ago. During the interview, Jacka was asked about working with Cormega, and how the working relationship started. “I met Cormega back in 2000. I had met him through a friend of mine name DJ Unique. He was from Queens too,” the rapper told Pitchfork. He continued, “I was a big fan of Cormega. I told dude [Cormega], I’m working on my solo album. So I flew him out.” Jacka concluded, “Ever since then we been rockin’ for eleven years now.” Jacka received praise from music fans and critics for his lyrical style and content, something the rapper simply referred to as “a gift.” The Jacka told Pitchfork that once he realized his rap style was something special, he wanted to make sure he cherished it the right way.