Former Rapper Craig Mack Dies at Age of 46

Source: News First

Source: News First

Craig Mack is one of the first successful rappers from Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment in the 1990s. He passed away on March 12 at the age of 46. He died due to heart failure near his house in Walterboro, South Carolina. According to reports, Mack was battling with an unspecified illness.

It was in the summer of 94 when Mack released his Grammy-nominated song Flava in Ya Ear. The song got a remix featuring Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, and Rampage. The song became the summer anthem of 1994.

Rise to Fame

Craig Mack was born on May 10, 1972 in Queens, New York. He was first known as MC EZ early in his rapper career. However, it was only after he signed up with Sean Combs’ label when he found success.

He released his debut album Funk Da World under Bad Boy Entertainment in 1994 a week after Notorious B.I.G. released his Ready to Die album. Despite that, Funk Da World gave the label its first platinum single.

Aside from Flava in Ya Ear, the debut album also featured the single Get Down. However, Notorious B.I.G.’s album overshadowed Mack’s album. Funk Da World was the only album he released under the Bad Boy Entertainment label.

He released a second album Operation: Get Down in 1997. However, the album was not as successful as the first one. It was also Mack’s last full-length album release. He gave up his music career to become a minister.

Alvin Toney, Mack’s friend who produced his debut album, said he last saw the former rapper a week before his death. He visited Mack at the Overcomer Ministry church to film for a documentary. He added that Mack was a talented rapper but he gave up the hip-hop life because he was religious and he realized his calling in life.