#RIP: Hip-Hop Bids Farewell To Bad Boy Records' Craig Mack

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#RIP: Hip-Hop Bids Farewell To Bad Boy Records' Craig Mack

The "Flava In Ya Ear" rap star passed away at 46.

Published March 13, 2018

Another hip-hop legend Craig Mack earned his wings on Monday (March 12) after the 46-year-old passed away from reportedly natural causes.

Righteously idolized for his 1994 summer-smashing, Grammy-nominated “Flava In Ya Ear” hit, Mack rose to rap prominence and placed Diddy’s Bad Boy Records empire on the map with just one track. The record accelerated the careers of Busta Rhymes and Mack’s future label mate Notorious B.I.G. after the two Brooklyn heavyweights appeared on the “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” as well. Fellow Brooklyn-natives LL Cool J and Rampage also penned bars across the remix. As the first artist signed under Bad Boy, Mack’s legacy is forever imprinted with rap pioneership for one of hip-hop’s most timeless and dynamic tracks and monumental record labels in history.

For that, hip-hop thanks, commemorates and remembers Craig Mack in his 46 years of life.

See how his industry mates honored his legacy and home-going in the posts below.  

  1. Diddy
  2. DJ Scratch
  3. DJ Funkmaster Flex

    Rest In Peace! Good brother... #CraigMack .... Alvin Toney love my brother...

    A post shared by FunkFlex (@funkflex) on

  4. Erick Sermon
  5. Boi-1da
  6. Chuck D
  7. Statik Selektah
  8. 9th Wonder
  9. Twista
  10. Pete Rock

    Its just so exhausting

    A post shared by Pete Rock (@realpeterock) on

  11. Freddie Gibbs
  12. Redman
  13. Joe Budden
  14. Juicy J
  15. Biz Markie


    A post shared by Biz Markie (@officialbizmarkie) on

  16. Easy Mo Bee

    #RIP #CraigMack 1971-2018 The man who rapped "Whatcha gonna do When God Comes?" has unfortunately passed away yesterday on March 12, 2018 Several reliable sources have contacted me saying that it is true that #CraigMack passed away yesterday, March 12. I'll tell you what's so disappointing about his passing away... about 3 months ago or so, I finally got ahold of him and we talked on the phone for over an hour. Most of the call was me trying to persuade him to start making music again. He felt like after giving his life to God that maybe he shouldn't rap again. I begged him and explained to him that he had every right to still praise God through his music. I told him that as long as it was genuine and not a blasphemous gimmick, he could still reach souls and spread his message. Finally, he gave in and said "Ok Mo Bee, i'll do it." I sent him 5 or 6 tracks and then I never heard back from him. I made a follow-up call and still no Craig. Maybe he knew he was about to die but just didn't want to tell me. One of the reliable sources I spoke to not long ago tonight told me that he had told somebody "I'm not gonna be here much longer." God rest his soul. Now I'm thinking about the record we recorded together called "When God Comes." He wanted to be ready. That was always on his mind. I pray that today he has finally made it into the Kingdom Of Heaven because that's all that mattered to him. I'm so in denial. Can't believe he's gone. Bless you, my brother. No more suffering. No more pain. The Lord has called you home and finally said well done. EMB

    A post shared by Easy Mo Bee🐝 (@therealeasymobee) on

  17. M.I.A
  18. Immortal Technique
  19. Faith Evans


    A post shared by Faith Evans (@therealfaithevans) on

  20. Tyrese

Written by Diamond Alexis

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