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Former Rapper Craig Mack Dead At 47

March 13, 2018 - 2:45 pm
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WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCBS 880/AP) -- Former rapper Craig Mack, best known for the platinum 1994 hit "Flava in Ya Ear," has died in South Carolina.
 
The 47-year-old Mack died at his home in Walterboro around 9 p.m. Monday.

It appeared he died of natural causes, Colleton County Corner Richard Harvey said.
 
The Long Island native at one time was part of Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment, which released his first album, "Project: Funk da World,'' anchored by "Flava in Ya Ear,'' which was nominated for a Grammy. His follow-up single, "Get Down'' went gold.
 
After Mack left Diddy, he released a second album, "Operation: Get Down'' in 1997 but left the music industry and devoted his life to religion.
 
DJ Scratch said on Instagram that Mack was "one of the few people to strike lighting twice in Hip Hop."

Craig Mack was one of the few people to strike lighting twice in Hip Hop. First with "Get Retarded" then with Bad boy. After his first strike of lightning, he went through a lot of struggles, a lot. He mentions his struggles in many interviews after he blew up with Bad Boy. You all know how cruel the public can be when someone falls off in Hip Hop. Unfortunately, that cruelty is ALWAYS by "Our People". Craig recently requested me to speak about these things in his upcoming documentary because I embraced him during his trying times after just meeting him. If I had to describe him with one word I would say "Innocent". He was sooooooo innocent, a dope MC, a hell of a beat maker & cool GREAT Dude. Craig was Hit Squad before K-Solo, Redman & Das Efx were discovered. Unfortunately Craig never got the opportunity to get his chance with the Hit Squad because EPMD broke up. Everyone's careers were in jeopardy & Craig was back on his own again. A few years later, EPMD's longtime bodyguard Alvin Toney took Craig Mack's demos to Puffy, Puff signed him & put Bad Boy Records on the map with the platinum single "Flavor In Ya Ear". I cried when I saw Craig had finally made it to superstardom because I saw the struggle, the set backs, I was extremely proud of him!!!! The underdog finally wins!!!!!! He's my definition of never giving up when you're going through it & he's an example of what can happen when you believe in someone regardless of their set backs. This industry is very cruel & backstabbing, I've saw my fair share of it & Craig has seen even more than me. So years ago he left the industry & gave his life to GOD. At that moment is when he was most happy, regardless if no one understood his life changing decision. This has hit home for a number of reasons. First, is because he's the first person in our camp to pass away. News that wouldn't expect to hear for another 40 years. Second, because he passed away 3 days after Biggie. I won't say rest in peace, because he was already at peace before he passed. I will miss you Craig.

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"He's my definition of never giving up when you're going through it & he's an example of what can happen when you believe in someone regardless of their set backs," DJ Scratch said.

(© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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