Rapper Craig Mack dies at 46

We have learned that Craig Mack, the New York artist best known for his 1994 song “Flava In Ya Ear,” has died. He was 46.

Mack, according to New York Daily News, died of heart failure in Walterboro, South Carolina yesterday. Friend Alvin Toney, who also produced Mack’s debut album Project: Funk Da Worldconfirmed. “God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine,” Toney told New York Daily News.

Artwork for Craig Mack’s first album, Project: Funk Da World

“Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney said to the New York Daily News. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church. . . he was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord. He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”

Mack became a legend throughout hip-hop, namely for being the first artist to release a single through Diddy’s Bad Boy Records label.  “Flava In Ya Ear” went on to earn a Grammy nomination for best rap solo, but didn’t end up winning. The remix to the song followed and featured Rampage, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Diddy and The Notorious B.I.G.

Another notable feature from Mack.

Mack is survived by his wife and two children.

The hip-hop community has been hit hard by his death.

Hensley Carrasco
Hensley graduated from the University of Rhode Island where he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Good 5 Cent Cigar. He founded the site with hopes to add to the ever-growing digital music newsroom. Hensley generally writes about Hip-Hop, but other genres are not out of his writing spectrum. On the side, Hensley is a photographer, specializing in concert photography.

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