Craig Mack, US Rapper and P Diddy Protégé Dies At 46

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Mack, who skyrocketed to fame in 1994 with his first single and biggest hit "Flava in Ya Ear", died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday.

Mack's death is being mourned by other hip-hop stars, including Funkmaster Flex, DJ Scratch, and Biz Markie.

Via an introduction from rap group EPMD, he became one of the many proteges of Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, who released Mack's album Project: Funk da World in 1994. In fact, it was the remix of Mack's infectious "Flava in Ya Ear" track that introduced to the world a rapper by the name of the Notorious B.I.G. The rapper largely stepped away from music following his 1997 second album Operation: Get Down, though in 2017 he released The Mack World Sessions. Mack vacated the limelight and devoted himself to religion, specifically Overcomer Ministry, which is in SC. Released nearly 25 years ago in 1994, it became very popular thanks to its all-star remix that featured LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rampage.

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Toney said: "God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine", Toney told the newspaper. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life.

"Because Craig was my roadie on tour". He would set up & break down my turntables every night... "He was ready." Craig leaves behind a wife and two adult children, according to the producer. "It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church". "He wasn't scared. He was ready", said the music producer.

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