Dominic Newton, better known as Bay Area rapper The Jacka, was killed in Oakland Monday night during a shooting at MacAuthur Bulevard near 97th, according to a report by KPIX 5.
Witnesses claim to have heard multiple gunshots around 8:15pm PT in the area of MacArthur Boulevard and 94th Avenue.
The Jacka was a well-known rapper in the East Bay area where he was often referred to as a “local legend” with an iconic sound. He was also a part of the Mob Figaz group, and although he reportedly went solo recently he still promotes the group on his social media accounts.
Newton was a veteran of the San Francisco rap community and collaborated with a who’s who of fellow Bay Area legends throughout his long career, including Mac Dre, E-40, Andre Nickatina and Yukmouth.
While never making a huge impact nationally, The Jacka curated a loyal Bay Area following with grimey street rhymes and an often understated delivery on his mixtapes, official album releases, and features on numerous tracks by other artists.
One of his biggest musical achievements was his 2009 hit “Glamorous Lifestyle” featuring Fillmore rapper Andre Nickatina and produced by Traxamillion (video below).
Numerous celebrities paid tribute to the rapper on Twitter as the news spread Monday night, including from rappers Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan and Freeway and Freddie Gibbs, who tweeted that he would dedicate his March show in Oakland to The Jacka.
“R.I.P the jacka, had a chance to meet the homie cpl times & build with him & record some joints, my condolences to his family & friends,” wrote Raekwon.
No more details were available immediately after the report of The Jacka’s death. We will update this article as they arrive.