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Original Bad Boy Rapper Craig Mack Dies at 46

Original Bad Boy Rapper Craig Mack Dies at 46

Hip hop star Craig Mack, best known for single "Flava In Ya Ear", has died aged 46.

DJ Funkmaster Flex, Biz Markie and DJ Scratch were among those paying tribute to the star.

The rapper died on Monday, March 12 of heart failure at a hospital near his home in SC, reported the New York Daily News.

Via an introduction from rap group EPMD, he became one of the many proteges of Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, who released Mack's album Project: Funk da World in 1994.

Mack's Bad Boy career was eventually eclipsed by another rapper on the same label: The Notorious B.I.G., whose debut album Ready to Die was also released in September 1994 was eventually certified four-times platinum.

Former Diddy’s Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack dead at 46
Original Bad Boy Rapper Craig Mack Dies at 46

After departing Bad Boy Records Mack went on to release a follow-up album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997.

Toney said he saw Mack for the final time last week during a visit to the Overcomer Ministry church he attends in Walterboro to film a documentary about the rapper, and his decision to pass on fame for a life of deep religious conviction. It contained the single Flava in Ya Ear, the remix of which reached the US Top 10 thanks in part to an all-star cast of guest rappers: the Notorious BIG, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J and Rampage.

"Nobody got to understand his story", Toney said to the Daily News. "I can not believe this dude is gone", said Scratch on Instagram. "He wasn't scared. He was ready", said the music producer. "He was a good friend of mine", Toney told the newspaper.

'I wanted the world to know the talent he had.

"I just got a disturbing phone call". Because Craig was my [roadie] on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night...

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