Rap Legend Craig Mack Dies At 46
Rapper Craig Mack, who found fame in the 1990s, was announced died on Monday night of heart failure, aged 46.
The hip-hop star rose to fame in 1994 with the hit single “Flava In Ya Ear”, and was the first artist to release an album on P Diddy‘s Bad Boy Records.
After splitting with Diddy, he released a second album titled “Operation: Get Down,” but eventually left music and devoted his life to religion.
Hailing from Brentwood, Long Island, he cut his first single while still a teenager, under the name MC EZ.
After it failed to make an impact, he worked as an assistant to local hip-hop heroes EPMD. They introduced him to Sean “Puffy” Combs – now known as P Diddy – who put him on a remix of Mary J Blige‘s ‘You Don’t Have To Worry’ in 1992.
Impressed with his contribution, Combs offered him a recording contract and released Mack’s laid-back debut album, “Project: Funk da World,” in 1994.
The success of the album was propelled by ‘Flava In Ya Ear’ – especially the remix, which featured verses from Notorious BIG, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes.
The single was certified platinum and nominated for a Grammy the following year, while the follow-up single, “Get Down”, went gold.
Mack reportedly died at a hospital near his home in South Carolina on Monday night.
Mack is survived by his wife and two children, who are both adults.
Fellow hip-hop artists like LL Cool J, Rugged Man, Erick Sermon and Funk Flex were among those paying tribute to the star.
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
Rest in Peace CRAIG MACK. Long Island’s own. We were proud of Craig when he came out with the little indie song as MC EZ & TROUP. Then a few years later he went on to make one of the biggest most iconic songs in Hip Hop history. Rest EZ. Never forgotten. We love ya bro
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) March 13, 2018
I’m devastated over the news of Craig Mack.. We just finishing up his new album.. smh.. Rest in Power Craig…
— Erick Sermon (@iAmErickSermon) March 13, 2018