Former Bad Boy Records rapper Craig Mack has died

Craig Mack

Former Bad Boy Records rapper Craig Mack has died

Rapper Craig Mack best remembered for his 1994 hit Flava In Your Ear died at age 46 of heart failure on Monday night.

The rapper died on Monday, March 12 of heart failure at a hospital near his home in SC, reported the New York Daily News.

Alvin Toney, an executive producer on Project: Funk Da World, said: "God bless my friend".

"He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord", Toney added. He was prepared to do that.

Mack was a protégé of Diddy, who signed him to his Bad Boy Entertainment record label.

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Born in Queens, New York, Craig Mack would later leave NY and rap music in exchange for the South.

Following news of his death, a number of his contemporaries have paid tribute online with DJ Scratch writing: "I can not believe this dude is gone. I can not believe this dude is gone", said Scratch on Instagram. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Because Craig was my [roadie] on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Funkmaster Flex posted a photo of Craig Mack with Biggie Smalls that included the caption, "Rest in Peace!"

Mack left the music industry shortly thereafter and resurfaced in 2012 when he espoused his religious beliefs in a YouTube video upon joining the Overcomer Ministry church in Walterboro.

"Nobody got to understand his story", Toney said. It was on the remix where Notorious B.I.G. first made his breakout appearance into mainstream media. Although the late 46-year-old rose to fame quickly in the early 90s, his mainstream success did not continue after the release of his biggest hit and first album.

Toney told the New York Daily News he had seen Mack in SC last week. He did release a second studio album in 1997, but it did not take off as hoped.

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