Published: Wed, March 14, 2018

1990s Rapper Craig Mack Dead at 46

1990s Rapper Craig Mack Dead at 46

Speaking to the New York Daily News, Mack's friend and producer Alvin Toney said: "He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord".

Indeed, Craig Mack was one of several successful Bad Boy "products, ' though 'Flava In Ya Ear" was one of the label's biggest all-time hits.

His debut album "Project: Funk da World" went gold, but he struggled to replicate the success of his first single.

According to Mack's producer, he died Monday (March 12) at a SC hospital.

After Mack left Diddy, he released a second album, "Operation: Get Down" in 1997 but left the music industry and devoted his life to religion.

Toney added that Mack had shared news of an illness and knew he wouldn't survive much longer.

Mack started as an assistant to EPMD and wanted to follow in the footsteps of LL Cool J. News of Mack's death drew remembrances across the Strong Island hip-hop community.

Mack's "Flava In Ya Ear" received a Grammy Award nomination for best rap song but lost to Queen Latifah. In 2001, he would work with Diddy once more by appearing in the hip-hop mogul's music video for "I Need a Girl Part 1".

"You can not overemphasize the importance that "Flava In Ya Ear" had on hip-hop!" He tweeted, "Rest in power Craig. So I wouldn't go". I wanted the world to know the talent he had.

When Sean "Puffy" Combs was relieved of his position at Uptown Records and launched his new label, Bad Boy Records, Craig Mack was tapped as one of its two flagship artists, joining a roster that also included The Notorious B.I.G.

Ambrosia For Heads extends its deepest condolences to Mack's family, friends and millions of fans. "Craig Mack called us about six months ago and told us that he was real sick, that he might be dying soon", Sermon told TMZ.

"Craig never got back to him", Burrowes said.

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