Hip hop runs through my veins, and I am a shameless podcast nerd, so my heart was broken when I heard about the recent passing of Reggie Ossé, a.k.a. Combat Jack, founder of “The Combat Jack Show” podcast, a living archive of hip hop history. He died in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, just two months after announcing he had been diagnosed with cancer.

His work introduced me to the depth and possibilities not only in hip hop but also myself. To use his words, every episode was a reminder to “dream those dreams, then