We just stepped into the 21st year since we lost one of Bad Boy Records’ true gem, i.e. Notorious B.I.G. And now yet another gem has passed away. Craig Mack, one of the first artists to sign in Diddy’s Bad Boy Records back when Diddy was known as “Puff Daddy”.
The Long Island rapper died at the age of 46 due to a heart failure on 12 March. He had been ill for a long time and was battling for his life.
Mack rose to fame after his song “Flava in Ya Ear” topped charts and went platinum in 1994. There was even a remixed version of the song featuring Diddy and Biggie. But unfortunately, his success was short lived as he got overshadowed by Biggie and other artists.
“Nobody got to understand his story,” said Alvin Toney, who is the producer of Mack’s debut album “Project: Funk Da World.” There had been talks of making a documentary about Craig Mack and his life after fame. He went on to become a Christian Minister after a few failed attempts at success. He had a wife and two children.
Following Mack’s death, the hip-hop community all took to social media to express their grief and convey condolence to the legend. Diddy shared the following message giving him a tribute “Craig Mack, you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit,” he began. “You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world. You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. You inspired me, and I will continue to try to keep inspiring others. We will always love you.