In the weeks before his untimely passing in , the Jacka was in a fluid, focused creative mode that his longtime collaborator RobLo can only describe as "God flow. We called that real-time writing. Just days before the Jacka's life was taken in an East Oakland shooting on Feb. Over celestial synths that shine like sunbeams through the bass-heavy beat, the Jacka raps about his life's suffocating pressures in half-whispered bars. The track is emblematic of the pensive style that made him one of the Bay Area's most beloved lyricists.
Forging a Brotherhood
I had the Whirlwind Newspaper office and they had their studio. I have always admired the brotherhood that PK and the Jacka had with their P-World family that they made music with. The Jacka, myself, rapper Fed X, as well as producers Roblo and Maki used to be the early birds at the building, so we used to have a lot of time to smoke and reason, before the daily hustle and bustle of independent journalism and the music business set in. The last time I hung with the Jacka was a few months before he was murdered. He was with Husalah in the smoking section of the now defunct Club 6 in San Francisco. He was surprised and amped up that I told him that Hajj Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, wanted to meet him. I had been travelling with Young Malcolm to his speaking engagements around the nation and turned him on to a number of Bay Area Hip Hop artists while on the road.
An Unreleased 'Full Body of Work'
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He launched his career in the late '90s as a member of the Mob Figaz, appearing on many of the group's albums and mixtapes before launching his solo career in with a self-titled album. His second album, The Jack Artist, appeared in and was followed by a series of mixtapes and street level releases. He won Ozone magazine's Patiently Waiting: California award in , signifying the West Coast's high anticipation for his next album. Apple Music Preview. Sign Out. Sign In. Try It Now. The Jacka View on Apple Music.