Craig Mack Dead: Bad Boy Records Rapper Dies, Aged 46

Craig Mack

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Rapper Craig Mack, popular for his single 'Flava In Ya Ear', has died.

The musician died of heart failure at a hospital near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina, on Monday, reports the New York Daily News.

He gained fame through P. Diddy's record label, #Bad Boy Entertainment, as he was signed at a time when the company was still in its infancy. Released nearly 25 years ago in 1994, it became very popular thanks to its all-star remix that featured LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rampage.

Toney, who produced Mack's 1994 debut album "Project: Funk Da World", said he visited Mack last week at the Overcomer Ministry church in SC to film a documentary about Mack, who left rap music to pursue "a life of deep religious conviction".

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

"Just A Friend" rapper Biz Markie wrote on IG, "R.I.P TO MY MAIN MAN CRAIG MACK ANOTHER GREAT ONE GONE...." He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life.

"Because Craig was my roadie on tour". He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour.

"God bless my friend". Funkmaster Flex posted a photo of Craig Mack with Biggie Smalls that included the caption, "Rest in Peace!"

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Rapper Biz Markie also paid tribute, saying: "He had two ideal singles and the platonic rap remix".

'He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord. Although his first single was released under the name "MC EZ" in 1988, he was best-known for his hit 1994 single that was released under his real name. "He wasn't scared. He was ready", said the music producer.

Toney told the New York Daily News he had seen Mack in SC last week.

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