Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack died yesterday at his home in Walterboro, South Carolina of heart failure.
He was 46.
Mack's big hit was 1994's, "Flava In Your Ear" off of his debut album Project: Funk da World. The remix featured Biggie Smalls, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, and Rampage and is one of the iconic tracks of the 90s.
Mack's follow up album, 1997's Project: Funk da World, wasn't successful. After that, the Queens-born, Long Island-raised Mack moved to South Carolina and became an evangelical Christian. He declined to be a part of the recent Bad Boy reunion tour because of his religious beliefs.
Tributes to Mack are pouring in:
I'm devastated over the news of Craig Mack.. We just finishing up his new album.. smh.. Rest in Power Craig...— Erick Sermon (@iAmErickSermon) March 13, 2018
Rest in Peace CRAIG MACK. Long Island's own. We were proud of Craig when he came out with the little indie song as MC EZ & TROUP. Then a few years later he went on to make one of the biggest most iconic songs in Hip Hop history. Rest EZ. Never forgotten. We love ya bro— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) March 13, 2018
I am so sad to hear about the passing of Craig Mack. You cannot over emphasize the importance that "Flava In Ya Ear" had on hip hop!— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) March 13, 2018
Rest in Beats Craig Mack— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 13, 2018
RIP Craig Mack. His “Flava In Ya Ear” was Bad Boy’s first hit and it was a monster. It dominated 1994. Mack’s lisp added something ineffable and ill to the record. Made it a little more messy and more raw and more hiphop.— Touré (@Toure) March 13, 2018
#CraigMack killed the 90s with 1 song and 1 remix. 👂🏽. Untouchable. RIP.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) March 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Craig Mack. Another legend lost today.— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) March 13, 2018
Rest in Power Craig Mack. Cool down to earth dude. Grew up blasting the homies music. Peace to his family... pic.twitter.com/MjXr2yvOXO— Immortal Technique (@ImmortalTech) March 13, 2018
Rest In Peace Craig Mack. ✊🏽🙏🏽— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 13, 2018
RIP, Craig Mack.