Tell me about Jacka as a person, what you observed about him?
Just a genuine dude, a real one. A good solid dude, truly talented. Never in no mess, never bad mouthing nobody. He just wanted to do music, that was his thing, and speak for the people. He really painted pictures with his lyrics. We lost a very talented good dude. He’s truly missed by many including me.
Last time I seen him was when Mistah F.A.B. had his battle rap thing in Oakland. Somebody came and tapped me on my shoulder, I looked behind me and it was Jack. I said “wassup family!?” and gave him a big old hug and what not because he always showed me nothing but love since he was a kid, because you know he used to be signed with C-Bo, and that’s my family. He was signed with them. I remember the Mob Figaz they were some youngsters, they always showed me respect and nothing but love, so I give it back to them every time I see them. Nothing but love here man it’s real.
You didn’t really work with Jacka early on, but you worked a lot later, what attracted you to him to want to work with him?
Really it was just timing. Prime example, I’ve been knowing Scarface since 1992, and we ain’t never did a record. And that’s really my partner, that’s my folks. We know we gone put one together. He came and picked me up at airports and everything. So it’s just timing, it wasn’t like I was waiting for Jacka to blow up or them to blow up, the Mob Figaz were already doing their thing way back in the 90’s. So it was just timing, the right time to do some music. Put it this way, I’ve been knowing Too $hort since the late 80’s. I didn’t do a record with $hort until 1996. That was “Rappers Ball”.
What kind of impact did Jacka make musically, he was a street artist but he’s a little different?
Versatility man, the way he rapped. His flow kinda was a bit more of an East Coast type of flow but at the same time it was here; he owned it. And he would put the little singing in it, but it was ghetto poetry with singing. It was when he rapped with his melodies. The way he did it, as soon as you hear his voice, you know ‘ay that’s The Jacka bruh!’ He was in a class by himself with that. That’s a beautiful thing when you’ve got your own voice, when they can identify who you are off the top. And he was just spitting the real, http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/anti-anxiety/ telling it how it is. Calling it how he sees it and putting it on the microphone. Packaging it up and selling it.
He spoke to the people, he was kind of like you where he gave you reality, he told the good and the bad?
The good and the bad that’s what it is. There’s always consequences behind certain moves that people make, and I always paint that because if I left that out it just wouldn’t be right. I don’t just wanna say ‘I walked up to him and shot him in the head’, while painting a picture, I’m saying what the reason why dude shot him in the head and what happened. I paint pictures. It’s me just telling a story. I’m making it up, but it’s how life goes.
You put it in a format where people can relate to it, whether it actually happened or not?
Jacka used to do raps like that too, he’d tell stories. One of the songs what we did, me and him, was “The Greatest Alive”, that song man it kind of gets me teary eyed every time I hear it because the music itself was emotional, then with the hook and his voice, we did the hell outta that song. Boy that was one of them ones.
As fans of both of you, to see you collab on his big album when he really made and impact was dope?
That was the right song too. That was a great song. He did songs with both my brothers, D-Shot and Mugzi. He just, the dude was a good dude. That one hurt right there bruh. He was such a good dude you know?
What do you think his loss means, musically or just in general, a lot of people looked up to him?
We lost somebody that was an innovator. Music is therapeutic and healing, he touched a lot of peoples’ hearts. A lot of people went through a lot of things that he rapped about. When you get them kind of rappers it’s very rare to have a rapper that paints pictures with his lyrics and pursues different styles, and was well loved by everybody; the ghettoes, the suburbs, all in. It always hurts man when you lose one because it’s very rare, they only come around once in a while. There’s great rappers out there, but he was in his own lane with it, how he got down.
Any other memories or anything else you want to share about him?
We lost a great rapper, and him being from the Bay Area, it really hurt. We can just enjoy his music. It’ll live forever. Keep his name alive. That’s what it’s about.