Rapper Craig Mack has passed away. Mack was known as one of the signing mates to Puff Daddy’s Bad boy Records label. He rose to fame with his 1994 hit single Flava in Ya Ear. A remix of the song featured Notorious BIG, Busta Rhymes and LL Cool J.
Died of heart failure
According to reports, Mack died of heart failure at a hospital near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina on Monday.
It was 1995, and I still hadn’t bought Craig Mack’s Project Funk da World. The album was nearly a year old. During a downtown shopping spree we hit Eaton Centre. The first place we went was HMV. I asked a guy that worked there if they had Craig Mack’s album. Nope. They didn’t. Same at Sam’s. And Towers. Everywhere was out of one of the hottest hip hop albums to hit in the past year (and that was 1994, that’s saying a lot)
Since we were heading back to Eaton Centre to catch the subway and head home, I decided to pop back in to HMV to check what else they had. Didn’t want to go home empty handed. The sales guy remembered me from earlier on in the afternoon, and had a tape in his hand. `Hey. We DO have this. Want this?” He was holding the cassette single to Boys II Men’s remix of Vibin’. It featured Trench, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and Craig Mack. “Sure!” as I took my second prize gleefully, still wanting the first place trophy.. I was a fan of Boys Ii Men. I was a fan of Method Man. And Busta. I also really enjoyed the original Vibin’ track. Not bad, I guess. The track was a banger, and Craig had a dope verse. I would later get a copy of Craig’s album from a friend.
Tributes pour in
RIP Craig Mack! He brought that "Flavor in your ear." pic.twitter.com/DCGgkDtT2V
— Fred Blankenship (@FBlankenshipWSB) March 13, 2018
RIP Craig Mack, Bad Boy's first album artist. He had two perfect singles and the platonic rap remix. That's more than most. May he kick that ol' robotic, futuristic, George Jetson crazy shit in the infinite. pic.twitter.com/yjoHjIH00Z
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) March 13, 2018