90s rapper Craig Mack–who was among the very first of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records artists to top the charts–has died, according to reports. He was 46.
Mack is best known for his 1994, platinum-selling record, “Flava in Ya Ear”.
The song’s remix featured a then-emerging Notorious B.I.G., who would soon follow with platinum selling records of his own.
In 2017, “The Mack World Sessions”, a project containing 18 Craig Mack tracks recorded between 2000 and 2006, was released. That was Mack’s first complete album to be released since 1997.
More recently, Mack had reportedly been working with EPMD’s Eric Sermon on a new album. Sermon left this message on Twitter:
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
Mack’s unexpected death comes a few years after a bizarre video showing him testifying in a South Carolina church about conspiracy theories and “wickedness” during his rap days appeared on YouTube, sparking widespread rumors that Mack had been programmed by a religious cult.
Mack’s death has been attributed to heart failure.
R.I.P. Craig Mack.