Original Bad Boy Rapper Craig Mack Dies at 46

Original Bad Boy Rapper Craig Mack Dies at 46

Original Bad Boy Rapper Craig Mack Dies at 46

It's being reported that Mack, who rose to fame after joining Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records and then released the mega smash "Flava In Ya Ear", died in the early hours of this morning.

Hip Hop DJs Funkmaster Flex and DJ Scratch took to social media to confirm his passing and share their condolences. The 46-year-old suffered from heart failure and tragically passed away at a hospital near Walterboro, South Carolina, the town he was living in at the time of his death.

Under Puff Daddy (before he became P. Diddy and Diddy), Mack had his first hit song, "Flava in Ya Ear", in the summer of 1994. "Flava In Ya Ear" gave the label its first platinum single while a subsequent remix featured an early appearance from Notorious B.I.G. They cited music producer Alvin Toney, who was behind Mack's debut album Project: Funk da World.

Despite the apparent success, Mack never released another album on Bad Boy. More recently he has devoted his life to religion.

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Following news of his death, a number of his contemporaries have paid tribute online with DJ Scratch writing: "I can not believe this dude is gone".

"Nobody got to understand his story", Toney said. I can not believe this dude is gone. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. "He was a good friend of mine", Toney told the Daily News. "I wanted the world to know the talent he had".

Mack is survived by a wife and two children. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church'. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour.

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