Craig Mack, one the flagship artists on Diddy’s Bad Boy Records label, passed away from heart failure at a hospital near his home in Walterboro, S.C., on Monday (March 12). He was 46.
The Long Island, N.Y. rapper was known for being a lyrical spitfire delivering clever punchlines and braggdocios rhymes during his brief tenure on Bad Boy. He will be most likely remembered for his platinum hit “Flava in Ya Ear,” which was, arguably, the biggest and most infectious song in the summer 1994.
Mack’s debut album Project: Funk da World was a fantastic rap collection filled with funk-inspired beats (courtesy producer Eazy Mo Bee) and punchy rhymes by Mack, himself. Although the album was overshadowed by the success Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, Project: Funk da World showed that Mack could easily stand toe-to-toe next to the lyrically great Brooklyn MC.
Mack would never get an opportunity to release a second album on Bad Boy. He mysteriously left the label and secured an album deal with Scotti Bros. Records. In 1997, he released his second solo effort, Operation: Get Down. Although the LP had a few standout tracks, it didn’t reach the level success his previous work.
According to New York Daily News, Craig Mack was working on a documentary about his life with friend Alvin Toney, who co-produced "Get Down" on Project: Funk Da World.
“God bless my friend. He was a good friend mine,” he said. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”
In tribute to Mack's musical legacy, we compiled a list the 10 best songs from his discography. Although he didn't have a lot hits, Mack did not disappoint when it came to delivering braggadocios rhymes and the funk.
Rest in peace, Craig Mack. You will be sorely missed.