Condolences go out to yet another iconic Hip-Hop figure gone too soon. As most of us learned late last night of Bad Boy original and Grammy-nominated Hip-Hop artist, Craig Mack’s untimely passing at the young age of 46. Originally signed to Bad Boy Records in the early 90’s and the actual first artist signed to the label, as well as the first release under the label with his iconic forever classic luminary, Hip-Hop record, Flava In Ya Ear. Which was nominated for a Grammy and spearheaded the iconic remix featuring label mate, the late great, The Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J, as well as Busta Rhymes. The single and it’s remix was the real breakout for Biggie, which really helped catapult his career, before he released his game-changing classic and critically-acclaimed, multi-Platinum, debut album, Ready To Die and forever changing how Hip-Hop. The breakout hit single’s remix and its video forever changing how Hip-Hop remixes and videos were released.
While Mack would release his own Gold-certified debut album, Project: Funk Da World, just a week after Biggie’s debut album, he would never really achieve that type of success again. Releasing his sophomore album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997, after several delays without Bad Boy, it wouldn’t achieve anywhere near the success of his debut and after several attempts to get back on the scene in the early 2000’s, the rapper would just disappear before being found residing in South Carolina just a couple of years ago in 2016. When footage of his testimony in church emerged. Mack passed from heart failure on Monday night in his Walterboro, South Carolina according to his former producer, Alvin Toney, who said he’s working on a documentary he had started working on about Mack, even before his passing.
Our condolences go out to Mack, his wife and two adult children he leaves behind, Puff and the entire Bad Boy family, his actual family, fans and friends.