The Jacka

The Jacka
Birth name Dominick Newton
Also known as Shaheed Akbar
Born August 12, 1977[1]
Origin Pittsburg, California
Died February 2, 2015(2015-02-02) (aged 37)
Oakland, California
Genres West Coast hip hop
Years active 1998 – 2015
Labels The Artist Records, Mob Figaz LLC, SMC Recordings
Associated acts Mac Dre, C-BO, Yukmouth, E-40, Dru Down, Cormega, Baby Bash, Paul Wall, Berner, Freeway, San Quinn, Andre Nickatina, Mob Figaz, Strong Arm Steady, Lee Majors, Planet Asia, Spice-1, Mdot-80, Killa Tay, King Freko, T-Nutty, J. Stalin, Joe Blow

Dominick Newton (August 12, 1977 – February 2, 2015), better known by his stage name The Jacka, was an American rapper from Pittsburg, California. The Jacka got his start with his group, Mob Figaz,[2] whose first album, C-Bo's Mob Figaz, was released in 1999. Newton converted to Islam at a young age and changed his name to Shaheed Akbar. On February 2, 2015, he was fatally shot by an unidentified gunman in Oakland on 94th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.[3] Prior to his death, he owned his own label The Artist Records.[4]

Early career

His career began with the Pittsburg group Mob Figaz. Their first album, C-Bo's Mob Figaz, released in 1999 was a minor hit on the Billboard Hip Hop chart entering in at #63, but it sold fairly well making 160,000 units sold.[5] His first solo release Jacka of the Mob Figaz in 2001 sold over 30,000 units. Jacka sold these units himself, in the Bay Area and shipping to one-stops across the country. Though great support came from the Bay Area, sixty percent of Jacka's sales came from outside of California.[6] In 2005, The Jacka released his second solo album The Jack Artist but failed to chart. In 2009, The Jacka came out with his third solo album Tear Gas making it #93 on the Billboard chart.


Solo albums




With Mob Figaz



Single information
"Hey Girl"
  • Released: 2001
  • B-side: ""
  • Album: Jacka of the Mob Figaz
"Barney (more crime)"
  • Released: 2005
  • Album: The Jack Artist
"Never Blink"'(Feat. J. Stalin, Dubb-20)
  • Released: 2005
  • Album: The Jack Artist
"All Over Me"(Feat. Matt Blaque)
  • Released: April 8, 2008
  • B-side(bonus track): "Shooterz"(Feat. Fed-X, Joe Blow)
  • Album: Tear Gas
"Glamorous Lifestyle"(Feat. Andre Nickatina)
  • Released: May 5, 2009
  • Album: Tear Gas

Guest appearances

See also


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