Craig Mack, Flava In Your Ear rapper, dies age 43

Craig Mack

Rapper and Diddy protege Craig Mack dies at 46

Craig Mack, the NY rapper who shot to fame on Diddy's Bad Boy label, has died at the age of 46. The 46-year-old suffered from heart failure and tragically passed away at a hospital near Walterboro, South Carolina, the town he was living in at the time of his death.

Mack was one of the pioneer artists signed to the defunct Bad Boy Records by Puff Daddy in the early '90s and gave the label its first successful rap single with 'Flava In Ya Ear'. The remix of the song featured performances by The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Rampage, and Busta Rhymes. He was a good friend of mine, ' said Toney, who produced Mack's albums Project: Funk Da World and Get Down Remix.

Even a close friend DJ Scrach shared a pic of Mack on Instagram, revealing that he'd recently been in touch with the legendary rapper to discuss a documentary about his life.

Rapper Craig Mack has died at the age of 46, according to United States reports. I can not believe this dude is gone. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night. Funkmaster Flex posted a photo of Craig Mack with Biggie Smalls that included the caption, "Rest in Peace!"

"I'm devastated over the news of Craig Mack", he wrote on Twitter.

Despite the apparent success, Mack never released another album on Bad Boy. He also added, "He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord".

Rapper Biz Markie also paid tribute, saying: "He had two flawless singles and the platonic rap remix". Although his first single was released under the name "MC EZ" in 1988, he was best-known for his hit 1994 single that was released under his real name.

Toney noted that Mack is survived by a wife and two adult children. "He wasn't scared. He was ready", said the music producer.

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