On Feb. 2, 2015, local Bay Area rap legend, The Jacka, was fatally shot
at the age of 37. To commemorate the MC (born Dominick Newton, from Pittsburg), Thizzler
is dedicating the month of February to him. "Jack History Month" features daily interviews with people who knew the rapper during his roughly 15-year career.
The Jacka started rapping in the late '90s with the Pittsburg crew Mob Figaz before launching his solo career in 2001. The prolific rapper released 14 solo albums and countless mixtapes, compilations, and collaborative albums prior to his death. He joined forces with a number of Bay Area rappers, like E-40, Mistah F.A.B., Berner, J. Stallin, and Yukmouth, and also collaborated with a slew of So-Cal big-names like Game, Jay Rock, and Nipsey Hussle.