This February marked the first annual #JACKHISTORYMONTH tribute, and as we move through the rest of the year his memory will continue to be honored. Our most intimate look into the aftermath of losing Jacka comes from PK (Prashant Kumar, Golden Mean Management), The Jacka’s manager, business partner, and close friend for over a decade. I’ve worked with PK over the years and seen how much he cares about the Bay and puts in work for the careers of artists like Jacka.
PK has only conducted a few interviews since The Jacka’s passing, so I definitely appreciate him taking the time to sit down with me to talk about how he and The Jacka’s family are coping with life after this tragic loss. Until you lose someone, you never understand the hardest part–what comes after. To date, no arrests have been made in The Jacka’s murder, making it hard for friends and family to find closure.
The loss of THE JACKA was felt across the world, but for the local music community it still feels like a fresh wound. Will there ever be another hip-hop artist from the Bay Area who can have the lasting impact (locally and internationally) that The Jacka did? We have the talent here, but who is willing to do the work to take our region global? Only time will tell.
The Jacka may be physically gone, but his legacy will live on. His tribute show last month was a huge success and will continue for years to come. Expect to hear new unreleased music by The Jacka in 2016, and join the thousands who have paid tribute to his life and art at his memorial (94th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland).