Bad Boy Rapper Craig Mack Has Passed Away

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Mack's producer Alvin Toney confirmed his death; the rapper died of heart failure at a hospital close to his home in SC on Monday night.

It's being reported that Mack, who rose to fame after joining Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records and then released the mega smash "Flava In Ya Ear", died in the early hours of this morning.

Mack's follow-up album, Operation: Get Down was released by on Street Life after he separated from Bad Boy Records in 1995; however, the album failed to spawn a single anywhere near as successful at "Flava In Ya Ear", and ultimately peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard 200 while failing to reach the same commercial success as his first album. Fellow artist DJ Scratch shared a tribute to Mack on Instagram: "I just got a disturbing phone call. I can not believe this dude is gone", said Scratch on Instagram. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night. "Rest In Peace Lil Bro".

Nineties rapper Craig Mack, the man behind earworm Flava In Ya Ear has died age 43.

After his second album, he largely retreated from the public eye and in 2012 was filmed at a church service denouncing the "wickedness" of his former life.

Despite the apparent success, Mack never released another album on Bad Boy.

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EPMD's Erick Sermon said Mack had been working on new material at the time of his death. "That's more than most".

Released nearly 25 years ago in 1994, "Flava In Ya Ear" 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.

'God bless my friend.

Mack was from Long Island, New York and signed with P. Diddy's Bad Boy label.

'He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord. "He was prepared to do that".

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