Late last night CBS San Francisco reported that Bay Area rapper The Jacka, real name Dominic Newton, was shot dead at around 8 PM PST yesterday evening in Oakland. Reports indicated that witnesses heard several shots fired at the scene.
As of right now, no suspects have been identified.
The Jacka's rap career began in the late 90s as part of Mob Figaz, with the release of their 1999 album C-Bo’s Mob Figaz. In 2011 footage emerged of a Mob Figaz reunion that seemed to suggest another album was on the way, although it never materialized.
Although The Jacka never enjoyed lasting mainstream success, he was a Bay Area icon, beloved for his hard, gritty, uncompromising delivery and street narratives. His output was prolific, with over 20 studio releases and hundreds of other featured verses and songs. Most recently, he partnered with Philadelphia rapper Freeway for last year's critically acclaimed album Highway Robbery. His absence will be sorely felt not only in Oakland but in the hip-hop community at large.
Since the announcement of his death, fans of his music and fellow rappers have taken to Twitter to express their grief.
RIP The Jacka. We'll update as more information becomes available.