February 2nd 2016 marked the first anniversary of the death of The Jacka, the locally-loved, internationally-known rapper who was murdered in East Oakland last year. The Bay Area came out in honor of his life last Tuesday for the #JACKHISTORYMONTH celebration at New Parish in Oakland and showed what a true legacy looks like, with lines around the block and a packed house of people paying tribute.
Being at this event, among local tastemakers in music, Jacka’s closest friends, partners and fans, and listening to personal stories and experiences while everyone turned up to all his classics, I realized just how many lives were touched over the years by his presence. I had the opportunity to talk to some of Jacka’s friends and industry partners about their connection with him, how they’ve been affected by his death, and how the Bay Area Hip-Hop community has responded to his murder.
For the next few weeks I’ll be dropping throwback classics from The Jacka as well as these intimate accounts from those he was close to, so keep it right here for your #JackHistoryMonth lessons.
JACK HISTORY 101 from NTG fka Nio Tha Gift Singer/Rapper/Songwriter
NTG has been a major player in the Bay Area music scene for over a decade. He has done multiple collaborations with The Jacka over the years. They were also close friends outside of the music business. Following the death of the Jacka, NIO THA GIFT changed his name to NTG – a nickname given to him by The Jacka
#TBT #JACKHISTORYMONTH Music Video Tribute: DJ Twelvz “West Coast Saviors” Feat. Big Rich, The Jacka, Nio Tha Gift and Mistah Fab, directed by Damon Jamal