'Flava in Ya Ear' rapper Craig Mack is dead

Craig Mack Flava In Ya Ear rapper dies age 43

The rapper died on Monday, March 12 of heart failure at a hospital near his home in SC, reported the New York Daily News.

Craig Mack, the NY rapper who found fame on Diddy's Bad Boy label, has died at the age of 46 years old.

The rapper, 46, gained fame through his 1994 single "Flava In Ya Ear" and his debut album "Project Funk da World", which hit Gold status in the United States in 1995. Reports suggest that Mack had died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday.

He split from Bad Boy a couple of years late and released a second album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997.

Toney added that Mack had shared news of an illness and knew he wouldn't survive much longer. There's evidence of this in a video from 2012, where, in a church service, he renounces rap and embraces "righteousness". The track's remix is credited with the introduction to the world of Notorious B.I.G., and also featured Busta Rhymes and Rampage.

The now-classic "Flava In Ya Ear", would go on to peak at no. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, be certified platinum, and grab a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 37th Grammy Awards.

EPMD's Erick Sermon said Mack had been working on new material at the time of his death.

- Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) March 13, 2018RIP Craig Mack, Bad Boy's first album artist.

The viral Atlanta-based news anchors are back with a new tribute to Craig Mack.

"I'm so saddened to get a text about Craig Mack", wrote Missy Elliott on Twitter. "He had two ideal singles and the platonic rap remix", he tweeted.

"I just got a disturbing phone call", read Scratch's Instagram post.

Craig Mack backstage on the Bad Boy tour's Philadelphia stop on November 23, 1995. Mack was Scratch's tour roadie, helping set up and break down his turntables each night.

Mack leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

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