On Monday, Feb. 2, Dominic Newton, known more commonly by the stage name The Jacka, was shot and killed on the 9400 block of MacArthur Blvd. in East Oakland at around 8:15 p.m.

According to sources at NBC News, Newton was reportedly shot in the head while standing outside of a van where he and a group of friends had gathered to create music. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Newton was 37 years old.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Calif., Newton began his career with the group Mob Figaz, releasing their first album in 1999. In 2001, he released his first solo album as “Jacka of the Mob Figaz.” Since 2005, Newton has dropped 13 more albums, as well as numerous mixtapes, collaborations and a reunion album with Mob Figaz in 2011.

Newton also owned his own label The Artist Records. His last album What Happened To The World (Street Album) was released in late 2014 to positive reviews.

A well-loved figure in Oakland hip-hop, Newton collaborated with numerous artists such as Mistah F.A.B, Keak Da Sneak, E-40, Traxamillion and many more. News of his death has brought condolences and memories from local musicians, friends, and fans. Oakland-based artist Kev Choice and Zumbi of the Bay Area hip hop-duo Zion I both shared kind memories of their friend in articles they wrote for SF Weekly.

“The amplitude of his loss has similar inclinations to the loss of Tupac and Mac Dre in the Bay Area. He was one of the dons on our scene. He had a way of genuinely connecting to every person he met and leaving a everlasting impression.” —Kev Choice via SF Weekly.

“He was just real. He was one of those authentic souls that has been thru the fire. I have found his character to be a rare gem in a sea of imitators, haters, and bullshitters.” — Zumbi via SF Weekly.

On Tuesday, Pitchfork released a previously unpublished interview with Newton from 2011 in which he discussed his influences, the moral content of his lyrics, the importance of Islam in his life and artists that he admired from the Bay Area.

As of yet, no suspects have been identified in Newton’s shooting. He is survived by a wife and children.


About The Author

Katie is the Music Editor at OL. She's a music geek, culture junkie, massive A's fan, and Oakland native. When she was six, she stood for five minutes with a felt pennant stuck under Chris Mullin’s armpit. Check out her Oakland music listings at www.oakampd.com, follow on twitter/instagram as @craziesthawk, or contact at katies@oaklandlocal.com

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