Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack has died, aged 46

Danny Woods
March 14, 2018

Craig Mack, the NY rapper who found fame on Diddy's Bad Boy label, has died at the age of 46 years old. The 46-year-old rapper's cause of death was heart failure, according to multiple reports.

Hip hop star Craig Mack, best known for single "Flava In Ya Ear", has died aged 46.

Eventually, Mack moved to SC and devoted himself to religion, becoming an evangelical Christian in a Walterboro church. "Maybe he knew he was about to die but just didn't want to tell me", Mo Bee says. I can not believe this dude is gone.

Apparently, Mack had told Tony last week that he had been ill for some time and knew he wouldn't live long.

The late rapper is survived by his wife and two children. "Flava in Ya Ear" was the album's biggest hit, and the single went on to be certified platinum after reaching as high as #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1994. The remixed version of the song marked the breakout performance of The Notorious well as one of Busta Rhymes ' first solo appearances. Although the album was overshadowed by the success Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die, Project: Funk da World showed that Mack could easily stand toe-to-toe next to the lyrically great Brooklyn MC.

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In Diddy's documentary Can't Stop, Won't Stop, there is a scene where Diddy and his team are trying to convince Mack to perform on the Bad Boy Reunion tour that took place in 2016.

"Flava in Ya Ear" was produced by Easy Mo Bee who began his career working with Miles Davis.

Craig Mack backstage on the Bad Boy tour's Philadelphia stop on November 23, 1995. DJ Scratch said on Instagram that Mack formerly handled his turntable setups and breakdowns. After news of his passing broke in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, many of Mack's contemporaries are fondly remembering the former Bad Boy rapper via social media.

Mack's producer Alvin Toney confirmed his death on Monday.

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