The Hip-Hop Community Reacts to the Death of Craig Mack
Hip-hop greats say goodbye to Craig Mack
Craig Mack, the man responsible for one of the greatest rap songs of all time, died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, South Carolina on Monday.
The rapper was only 46.
Mack is known for “Flava in Ya Ear” and “Flava in Ya Ear” (Remix), which launched the career of The Notorious B.I.G.
It was also Bad Boy Entertainment’s first hit.
WATCH: Craig Mack Raps in Church
Throughout the day the hip-hop community came out in droves to show respect for the MC. Everyone from Puff Daddy to Questlove to E-40 to Pete Rock showed love to Mack.
Scroll down to see what was said.
Craig Mack, you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit. You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world. You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. pic.twitter.com/qvnxRTcdXv
— Diddy (@Diddy) March 13, 2018
— Diddy (@Diddy) March 13, 2018
#RIP #CraigMack 1971-2018 The man who rapped “Whatcha gonna do When God Comes?” has unfortunately passed away yesterday on March 12, 2018 Several reliable sources have contacted me saying that it is true that #CraigMack passed away yesterday, March 12. I’ll tell you what’s so disappointing about his passing away… about 3 months ago or so, I finally got ahold of him and we talked on the phone for over an hour. Most of the call was me trying to persuade him to start making music again. He felt like after giving his life to God that maybe he shouldn’t rap again. I begged him and explained to him that he had every right to still praise God through his music. I told him that as long as it was genuine and not a blasphemous gimmick, he could still reach souls and spread his message. Finally, he gave in and said “Ok Mo Bee, i’ll do it.” I sent him 5 or 6 tracks and then I never heard back from him. I made a follow-up call and still no Craig. Maybe he knew he was about to die but just didn’t want to tell me. One of the reliable sources I spoke to not long ago tonight told me that he had told somebody “I’m not gonna be here much longer.” God rest his soul. Now I’m thinking about the record we recorded together called “When God Comes.” He wanted to be ready. That was always on his mind. I pray that today he has finally made it into the Kingdom Of Heaven because that’s all that mattered to him. I’m so in denial. Can’t believe he’s gone. Bless you, my brother. No more suffering. No more pain. The Lord has called you home and finally said well done. EMB
Gone way to soon! Rest in Paradise to our hip hop brother! pic.twitter.com/J9hReogoZV
— J J FAD (@jjfad) March 13, 2018
The song FLAVOR IN YA EAR will live on forever I Only met Craig Mack a couple times back in the mid 90”s & when I did he was hecka cool his rap style & swag was unmatched Sad to hear this news #RIPCraigMack
— E40 The Counselor (@E40) March 13, 2018
R.I.P to one of my good friends..#craigmack and I was young kids at my grandmother’s house listening to red alert and WBLS. Waiting to hear the new rap records to record on the cassette tape… we heard #publicenemy @rakim and @officialbizmarkie one night..we lost our minds.. when I got famous I took him on tour with me..then he went home and signed to the label I was on at the time to show me he belongs with the HITSQUAD…then #EPMD broke up..he was devastated..@alvintoney took him to #puffy #badboy and the rest is history..you will be missed… #ahhhh boyyyy.. #mrbadboy himself….@djdiamondtheartist @lenny_ace @coachbernard
This undoubtedly was 1 of the Most Difficult #Turntable #Turntablist #Tuesday Posts EVER!!! Not only was I his Original DJ & Produced his 1st Record Get Retarded in 1988, he was also my Very 1st Real Friend when I moved to Long Island. 2day The #HipHop World Lost an #ICON and I lost a Childhood #Friend My Brother #CraigMack may u Funk The Universe 4Eva! #RIPCraigMack … Yup! Content via The Craig Mack Documentary “Crazy Like That Glue” on YouTube 🙏 #DJDiamondTheArtist #FlavaInYaEar #BadBoy #MCEZ #SleepingBagRecords #Brentwood #StrongIsland #TheWorldsMostElectrifyingDJ #Rapper #MC #Bars #Barz #HipHop #Music #Viral #Video #Tribute #TurntableTuesday #Health #Wellness #Fitness #RespectTheDJ
Rest in power Craig. May the almighty embrace your soul & lift up your family and friends. it was a pleasure to know you & rock with you. You $tepped away from the game & did it your way.. I always respected that.#RIPCraigMack
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) March 13, 2018
Christ pulled on his heart many years ago, so we rejoice in the midst of loss. We celebrate #CraigMack
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) March 13, 2018
I’m so saddened to get a text about Craig Mack😞 I am grateful to have worked with him on this song on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack & he was so kind funny & Talented 🙌🏾 Rest peacefully Craig🙏🏾 https://t.co/RJy4bqdeP1
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) March 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Craig Mack. ✊🏽🙏🏽
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 13, 2018
— Rakaa (Iriscience) (@TheRealRakaa) March 13, 2018
Man. To be In hip hop culture & live past the age of 50 is a fight to the finish for real. All due respect to #CraigMack. For some reason w exception of a RARE few, like #ProtectYaNeck, #ScenarioRemix —maybe #ShutEmDown remix—-I kinda think #FlavaInYaEar was the hip hop freestylers’ 1st viral instrumental choice. I mean there was always the lunchroom desk & beatboxing. But hip hop really didn’t do straight up instrumentals til like—1988/1989 on 12 inches (lots of DUBS, kinda there to assist mc’s in concert spitting verses w vocal guides?) but I’m just saying the weekend Flava came out I NEVER heard a dj play a joint like 7 times in a row (rare times were #RebelWithoutAPause & #IKnowYouGotSoul) but this was different: 1st of all this single slowed the east coast down DRASTICALLY (1987-1993 east coast was HYPED! on 100bpm-115bpm)—-Flavor was the sound of weed. Not the previous panic crack era music. Like 93 bpms—just perfect to kick a Freestyle: sparse in arrangement & foooonky—-it’s weird that the flagship song of such a commercial radio dominated label was one of the grimiest underground joints ever. I was actually in London at the time when dj 279 premiered that joint at a party. He played that instrumental like 20 mins straight and I saw like 9 simultaneous ciphers happening in the club. Man I was jealous of that beat. I know #Juicy wound up the winner in that race but man we cannot forget one of the greatest hip hop single debuts in the culture. That song was the gym routine mc’s brushed their skills on. All due respect to brother Craig Mack w/o him & his cant lose single who knows what empire #BadBoy woulda become. Rest In Peace Boyeeeeee.