Sad news today. The world has lost one of the 90s Hip Hip pioneers Craig Mack.
Craig Mack, the Long Island-born rapper who scored the first-ever hit on Bad Boy Records before eventually leaving the music business to find religion, has died. Mack’s former producer Alvin Toney confirmed his death to the New York Daily News, saying that Mack died of heart failure at a hospital near his home in South Carolina. He was 46.
Mack was a member of Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment, which released his first album Project: Funk da World. Not only did Craig receive a Grammy nomination, but his second single, Get Down, went gold. In 1994, Mack released the single “Flava In Ya Ear”—the first song ever released on Diddy’s nascent Bad Boy Records label—followed by a full-length album, Project: Funk Da World. “Flava In Ya Ear” became a top 10 hit on the Billboard 200 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard rap charts, eventually selling more than a million copies.
RIP Craig Mack