American rapper, Craig Mack dies at 46

Craig Mack
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Craig is best known for his 1994 hit, "Flava in Ya Ear", and he was signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment label, like so many great artists of his time. Mack would not make another album until 1997's "Operation: Get Down", but it was a flop that failed to repeat the same success that his first album produced.

The Hip-hop artist, who rose to prominence in the 1990s, died on Monday night of heart failure. "Flava In Ya Ear" gave the label its first platinum single while a subsequent remix featured an early appearance from Notorious B.I.G. Mack had separated from Bad Boy Records in the same year.

After his second album, he largely retreated from the public eye and in 2012 was filmed at a church service denouncing the "wickedness" of his former life. Mack was himself considered to be an icon of the early "90s heyday of Bad Boy Records" breakout years. However, rap and hip-hop lovers must now come together today to mourn the death of a different legend in the hip-hop industry: #Craig Mack.

"I'm devastated over the news of Craig Mack", he wrote on Twitter. Erick Sermon says he had been recently working on a new album. "Rest in Power Craig".


Rapper Craig Mack has reportedly passed away at the age of 46, with the likes of Funkmaster Flex, Biz Markie and DJ Scratch all paying tribute to the late hip-hop star.

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. I can not believe this dude is gone", said Scratch on Instagram. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life, ' he shared.

Brooklyn's DJ Scratch remembered Mack as the hardworking roadie who helped set up and break down his turntables on tours.

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