It's a sad day in the world of Hip Hop this morning as it has been announced that the rapper Craig Mack has passed away at the age of 46.
Legendary hip hop DJs Funkmaster Flex and DJ Scratch and others in the same field took to social media to confirm the hip hop star's passing and offer condolences.
Mack's producer Alvin Toney confirmed his death; the rapper died of heart failure at a hospital close to his home in SC on Monday night.
Mack was from Long Island in NY and signed with P. Diddy'sBad Boy record label. "Flava in Ya Ear" was the album's biggest hit, and the single went on to be certified platinum after reaching as high as #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1994.
Toney, who produced Mack's 1994 debut album "Project: Funk Da World", said he visited Mack last week at the Overcomer Ministry church in SC to film a documentary about Mack, who left rap music to pursue "a life of deep religious conviction".
Mack left the music industry shortly thereafter and resurfaced in 2012 when he espoused his religious beliefs in a YouTube video upon joining the Overcomer Ministry church in Walterboro.
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Biz Markie wrote: "R.I.P TO MY MAIN MAN CRAIG MACK ANOTHER GREAT ONE GONE". I can not believe this dude is gone.
"Craig was my roadie on tour". While the album was a critical and financial success, it remained overshadowed by the debut album of Mack's "Bad Boy" cohort; Notorious B.I.G.
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Rapper Biz Markiealso paid tribute, saying: "He had two flawless singles and the platonic rap remix". He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord.
Mack is survived by a wife and two children.
Craig Mack will forever be remembered for his "Flava In Ya Ear" remix. "He wasn't scared. He was ready", said the music producer.
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