The Bad Boy great left hip-hop for religion in the ’90s.
New York rapper Craig Mack has died at age 46, AP reports. He died of natural causes at his Walterboro, South Carolina home Monday night according to the Colleton County coroner.
Mack is best known for his 1994 hit ‘Flava in Ya Ear’, which later received an iconic remix featuring Biggie Smalls, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, and Rampage. After releasing his debut album, Project: Funk da World, Mack released the 1997 follow-up Operation: Get Down before retiring from hip-hop to devote his life to religion.
Tributes to Mack have poured out on social media. Find them below and revisit his iconic singles.
Me: I don't get Flava In Ya Ear. He's behind the beat.
My friend @evanhr: Or maybe Craig Mack has a new flow, and your brain literally isn't ready for it.
*5 hours later*
Me: KICKIN..MAD…FLAVA…IN YA EARRRR
*Evan was right*#RIPCraigMack
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 13, 2018
Rest in Beats Craig Mack
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 13, 2018
#CraigMack killed the 90s with 1 song and 1 remix. 👂🏽. Untouchable. RIP.
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) March 13, 2018
I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.
Rest In Peace! Good brother… #CraigMack …. Alvin Toney love my brother…
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