Mogul Releases Tribute Episode for Host Reggie Ossé
Mogul is my all time favorite podcast. If you’ve never listened to it, I suggest you add it to your queue immediately. Mogul details the life and death of Chris Lighty, a music executive from the Bronx, that worked his way from the projects to representing some of the biggest names hip-hop has ever seen (think Nas, Sean “Diddy” Combs, 50 Cent). If you have any interest in the history of New York City, business management, or music, this one is for you. (Check out this article in the New Yorker if you still aren’t sold).
The host of Mogul, Reggie Ossé, did not have a story that dissimilar from Lighty. Ossé discovered his instantaneous love of hip-hop as a young kid in Brooklyn, and eventually started his own law firm that specialized in representing hip-hop artists. After 12 years as a lawyer, Ossé gave up practicing law and became a blogger, using the pseudonym Combat Jack. His writing focused on hip-hop culture and gossip and eventually led to the release of a popular internet radio show that was well known in the hip-hop community.
Ossé was diagnosed with colon cancer two months before he passed away in December, 2017. Before he died he sat down with the Mogul producers and shared intimate stories from his past, including how affected he was by his work as a lawyer. This tribute episode is worth listening to, and includes some great interviewee’s from Ossé’s life. Gimlet announces at the beginning of the episode that Mogul will be coming back with a new season this fall, but there is no word yet on which iconic story they will focus on or who will be replacing Ossé.