Former rapper Craig Mack dies at 47
3/23/2018, 9:30 a.m.
Free Press wire report
Former rapper Craig Mack, best known for the platinum 1994 hit “Flava in Ya Ear” has died in South Carolina.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey says the 47-year-old Mr. Mack died at his home in Walterboro around 9 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2018. Dr. Harvey said it appeared Mr. Mack died of natural causes.
The Long Island, N.Y., native helped launch P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment with his first album, “Project: Funk da World.” It was anchored by “Flava in Ya Ear,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award. The remix also included LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and the then up-and-coming Biggie Smalls. His follow-up single, “Get Down,” went gold.
“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,” P. Diddy said on social media last week. “I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. You inspired me, and I will continue to try to keep inspiring others. We will always love you.” #badboy4life”
After Mr. Mack left P. Diddy, he released a second album, “Operation: Get Down,” in 1997 but left the music industry and devoted his life to religion.
After news traveled of his death, the rapper was remembered by artists ranging from Questlove to Lin-Miranda Manuel. DJ Scratch wrote on Instagram that Mr. Mack formerly handled his turntable setups and breakdowns.
“I’m so saddened to get a text about Craig Mack,” wrote Missy Elliott on Twitter. “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.”