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Nineties rap star Craig Mack dies

Nineties rap star Craig Mack dies

As the first release on Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records, "Flava in Ya Ear" was certified platinum and nominated for a Best Rap Performance Grammy in 1995, although it lost to Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y".

If you're not familiar with Craig Mack, check out his debut album, Project: Funk Da World, below.

Craig Mack, one of the genre's trailblazers in the '90s, has died on Monday (March 12), NY Daily News reports.

Mack left the hip-hop industry to become a minister at Overcomer Ministry Church in Walterboro.

However, Toney says Mack had been very ill for some time and knew he didn't have much longer to live.

Mack started as an assistant to EPMD and wanted to follow in the footsteps of LL Cool J. News of Mack's death drew remembrances across the Strong Island hip-hop community. "He was a good friend of mine", Toney said.

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The Music video for Mack's most popular song, "Flava in Ya Ear", shows Mack sporting a a jersey for the team. The album did not do as well as his first, and no singles charted.

After news of his death, LL Cool J, who appeared in the music video for "Flava in Ya Ear", paid tribute on Twitter. Mo Bee produced a number of hits for Bad Boy on those first two albums, as well as two songs for 2Pac's Me Against the World. Biz Markie wrote: "R.I.P TO MY MAIN MAN CRAIG MACK ANOTHER GREAT ONE GONE". "So I wouldn't go".

Despite appearing on Bad Boy songs in 2002, Mack largely disappeared from the limelight to pursue a quiet life of faith in SC, where he was active in the Overcomer Ministry church.

DJ Scratch said on Instagram that Mack formerly handled his turntable setups and breakdowns.

Mack is survived by his wife and two children. Sermon discussed the battle in a recent episode of The Cypher: "I beat Craig Mack".

- Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 13, 2018Rest in Power Craig Mack My condolence to his family, friends and fans.


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