“Flava in Ya Ear” Rapper Craig Mack Passes Away From Heart Failure At 46
Craig Mack was one of the starting pillars of Diddy’s Bad Boy empire. The Long Island rapper passed away from heart failure at the young age of 46.
Craig Mack will forever be known as a hip-hop legend and firestarter. After proving to Sean “Diddy” Combs back in the ‘90s that his rapping abilities were top notch, Mack was one of the first artists (along with The Notorious B.I.G.) to launch Bad Boy Records. Immediately, the signee started producing results as his platinum summer hit “Flava in Ya Ear” was infectiously everywhere in 1994. Sadly, hip-hop fans and the industry at large have learned this morning that Craig Mack has died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C, home Monday.
He was only 46-years-old.
“God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine,” said Alvin Toney, who produced Mack’s debut album Project: Funk Da World and his “Get Down (Remix)”. Toney saw Mack one last time at the two attended the Overcomer Ministry Church in Walterboro. The former was there to film a documentary about the retired rap star, and his decision to pass on fame for a life of deep religious conviction. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had,” Toney said. “It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”
According to the NY Daily News, Mack had been ill for quite some time.
“He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.” Mack is survived by a wife and two children, both adults. For Mack, hip-hop and rap were always big time goals of his.
Inspired by LL Cool J and Run-DMC, the Suffolk County native dreamed of demolishing stages like his idols. A chance meeting with Sean Combs at the club Mecca in New York City reaped benefits as Mack did not disappoint in ability or effort. “Flava in Ya Ear” became a smash hit and its subsequent remix with featured LL Cool J, Rampage, Busta Rhymes and his labelmate, The Notorious B.I.G., became an instant classic.
While a rep for Diddy did not immediately respond to a request for comment, the rest of the hip-hop community have come out to share its condolences. “Rest in Peace! Good brother,” DJ Funkmaster Flex tweeted in the wee hours of the morning. The New York DJ shared Mack’s hits on Hot 97. DJ Scratch remembered Mack as the hard working roadie who helped set up and break down his turntables on tours. “I cannot believe this dude is gone. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life.” Biz Markie, who also got his start on Long Island, said, “R.I.P. TO MY MAIN MAN CRAIG MACK ANOTHER GREAT ONE GONE.”
More words of love, honor and respect should be coming in as the sun continues to rise. We here at Okayplayer offer sincere condolences to his friends, family and fans. Keep the Mack family in your prayers.
SOURCE: NY Daily News