By all accounts, the Bay Area lost a monumental presence last night (February 2), as CBS reported beloved local icon, The Jacka, was gunned down in Oakland. He was 37. Witnesses heard shots fired around 8:15 p.m. and The Jacka, real name Dominic Newton, was later found slain.
As of press time, no further details were available regarding the shooting.
In the wake of the tragedy, an outpouring of love has come from fans, close friends and some of hip-hop’s biggest names as the underground king’s far reaching legacy is revealed through a celebration of his life, his influence, and his music.
“They always say when a person dies, how great he was, but this was a dude that was celebrated everyday,” friend and collaborator Big Rich told REVOLT. “He’s touched everybody in the Bay Area and that’s why we don’t know who shot this man, who the f*** would shoot this dude?”
Paul Wall also weighed in, speaking on his fallen comrade’s character, before touching on the depth of his creativity.
“He was such a good guy, he was always a family man, too, loved his family,” Wall explained. “But his music, anybody who’d struggled or been through a lot, or lost people, you could feel his music.”
In fact, the pair and fellow MobFigaz member, The Husala, had wrapped sessions for a series of new mixtapes, just last week ahead of yesterday evening’s tragedy, a series that Wall told us will most certainly see the light of day, not only to honor Jacka’s legacy, but to support his family when they need it most. “The proceeds will go to his family and his children, whatever we do, all the proceeds gonna be going to his kids,” he said.
Friend and director, Ben Griffin touched on Jacka’s importance to his scene, telling REVOLT that even if “in certain places you may not know who he was, if you were in the Bay Area and a new Jacka album came out, you were hearing it out the window of every car on every corner.”
“Jacka told our story,” Rich offered in reflection, his voice visibly shaken. “Jacka never missed, he was for the street level, the struggle, the young kids that didn’t have shit—probably the kid that killed them, he rapped about their story.
“The key thing I keep going over in my mind, is this is such a huge blow” he continued. “Jacka was gonna be on our Mount Rushmore, hall of fame, first ballot. We took a big loss by losing him, it’s never gonna be the same.”
Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Jacka’s friends and family.
Check out several tributes to the fallen rapper below; RIP Jacka.
Submitted courtesy of Revolt: http://revolt.tv/news/bay-area-rapper-the-jacka-shot-and-killed/16E40F59-2EA1-4A16-9433-EB3869824890