Former Bad Boy Records rapper Craig Mack dies at 46

Former Bad Boy Records rapper Craig Mack dies at 46

The "Flava in Ya Ear" hitmaker died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home according to his longtime producer Alvin Toney.

Craig Mack, the artist who, with his single "Flava In Ya Ear", is largely responsible for the launch of Bad Boy Entertainment, has died at age 46.

Mack had retired from rapping to devote himself to religion, Toney said.

Impressed with his contribution, Combs offered him a recording contract and released Mack's smooth, laid-back debut album, Project: Funk da World, in 1994.

Fellow musicians such as Evidence, Boi-1da, Pharoahe Monch, Termanology, Roc Marciano, Joe Budden, and R.A. the Rugged Man have paid tribute on Twitter.

Mack rose to fame in 1994 when he dropped "Flava in Ya Ear".

Diddy, going by Puff Daddy at the time, took Mack under his wing after the aspiring rapper proved his prowess by freestyling outside club Mecca in Manhattan.

More recently, Craig was filming a documentary on his life shortly before his tragic death.

"Then a few years later he went on to make one of the biggest most iconic songs in Hip Hop history".

Mack, who hailed from Long Island, first started rapping under the name MC EZ in the late 1980s.

"About 3 months ago or so, I finally got ahold of [Mack] and we talked on the phone for over an hour", Mo Bee wrote on Instagram. "Nobody got to understand his story", Toney told The Daily News. I can not believe this dude is gone.

'I wanted the world to know the talent he had. "He wasn't scared. He was ready".

In January, Craig Mack appeared as a guest on Erick Sermon's single "Come Thru" alongside Mr. Cheeks of The Lost Boyz.

Speaking of the two on MTV Raps (via the Daily News), he said, "This is my life here".



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