Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack dies at 46
Craig Mack, the Long Island rapper who found fame on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records in the mid-1990s, has died at age 46, his producer confirmed. Reports say that Mack had died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday (Mar 12).
Mack was the first artist to release an album under Diddy’s Bad Boy Records with Project Funk da World. The album’s highlight included the hit single “Flava in Ya Ear,” which went platinum and reached as high as #9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts back in 1994.
Mack never matched the track’s success. His follow-up single “Get Down” was a modest hit, but his second album, 1997’s Operation: Get Down, merely scraped the US Top 50.
The rapper’s longtime friend and former producer Alvin Toney told New York’s Daily News that he had been ill for some time and knew he did not have long to live.
“He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”
In 2017, “The Mack World Sessions” was released, it contains 18 tracks recorded between 2000 and 2006. Following his death, rapper Erick Sermon wrote on Twitter that he was finishing work on the singer’s new album. Craig Mack is survived by his wife and two children, both adults.