It is reported that he had been ill for some time.
- R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) March 13, 2018This was the first song by CRAIG MACK that I heard on the radio as a kid.
1994 was a pivotal year for hip-hop.
Mack's career was overshadowed by the commercial and critical acclaim of The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album Ready to Die, which was released the same year and month as Mack's debut.
Best known for the enduring classic "Flava In Ya Ear" and its subsequent remix that featured Biggie, LL, Busta and Rampage, Mack established himself as a lyrical force with a unique style and verbal gymnastics that opened up another chamber of emcee'ing.
Toney saw his friend one final time last week. "Finally, he gave in and said 'Ok Mo Bee, I'll do it'". I wanted the world to know the talent he had. I went outside the club. Mack had been working on a new record before he passed away. "I made a follow-up call and still no Craig".
Mack had moved to SC after leaving his career in music for religion. "He was a good friend of mine", Toney said.
And while he never achieved the kind of fame his label mate Wallace did, Joyce said his contribution can not be discounted.
The Bad Boy family lost one of their own this week.
Questlove from the rap supergroup The Roots wrote a touching tribute to Mack.
In answer to the question "What are you doing now?"
Fans have flocked to social media to honor the late rapper. He tweeted, "Rest in power Craig". It was a pleasure to know you and rock with you. You [stepped] away from the game & did it your way. "I always respected that.#RIPCraigMack". His second studio album did not enjoy the same success as his first album, and the rapper subsequently stepped out of the spotlight and spent the rest of his years following Christ.
He said Mack had devoted his life to God and because of that he no longer felt comfortable rapping.
"Flava In Ya Ear" by Craig Mack.
Erick says Craig maintained his personality, though. they eventually hooked up and even recorded some music, and shot a documentary before he died.