Rapper Craig Mack of 'Flava In Ya Ear' Fame Dies Aged 46


The late rapper died of heart failure at a hospital near his residence, according to the New York Daily News.

Hip-hop pioneer and Long Island native Craig Mack, best known for the platinum 1994 hit "Flava in Ya Ear", has died in SC.

In recent years Mack had given up the fame and music for a life of religious conviction.

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Hailing from Brentwood, Long Island, he cut his first single while still a teenager, under the name MC EZ.

The hip-hop world has lost another member of its community. They introduced him to Sean "Puffy" Combs - now known as P Diddy - who put him on a remix of Mary J Blige's "You Don't Have To Worry" in 1992.

When Flava In Ya Ear was then remixed, it served as The Notorious B.I.G.'s breakout hit - and Busta Rhymes also featured on the track.

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The single was certified platinum and nominated for a Grammy the following year, while the follow-up single, "Get Down", went gold.

In the recent Bad Boy documentary Can't Stop, Won't Stop, Diddy and his team are seen trying to convince Mack to perform as part of the Bad Boy Reunion tour that took place in 2016. In 2017, The Mack World Sessions was released.

Despite the success of Mack's debut album, it would be his first and only release on Bad Boy. He was a good friend of mine, ' said Toney, who produced Mack's albums Project: Funk Da World and Get Down Remix. Time for new flava in ya ear. "We just finishing up his new album... Rest in Power Craig", Sermon tweeted.

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Close friend DJ Scratch posted on Instagram, "I just got a disturbing phone call".

Released nearly 25 years ago in 1994, it tore the roof off of Hip Hop thanks to its all-star remix that featured LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rampage. "I can not believe this dude is gone", said Scratch on Instagram.

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