AceShowbiz - New York has lost one of its rappers. On Monday, March 12, Craig Mack died at 47 of heart failure. He died at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., South Carolina. The 1994's "Flava in Ya Ear" hitmaker had been ill for some time and told his friend that he would not live long.
One friend Chuck D delivered a message of sympathy through Twitter post. It read, "Rest in Beats Craig Mack." Alvin Toney, who produced Mack's debut album "Project: Funk Da World" and "aGet Down Remix%", also expressed his sympathy, saying,"God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine." He added, "He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord. He was prepared to do that. He wasn't scared. He was ready."
Rest in Beats Craig Mack— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 13, 2018
A week before, Alvin visited his friend at the Overcomer Ministry church in Walterboro. He attempted to film a documentary about Mack and his decision to leave music industry and begin living in a deep religious life.
"Nobody got to understand his story," Alvin said. "I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church."
Mr. Mack was born in the Bronx on May 10, 1970 and was raised in Long Island. He had begun writing his own song since he was 12 years old. As a boy, he dreamed of making himself big like LL Cool J and Run DMC. He began rapping as a teenager and released one single "Just Rhymin" which was also known as "Get Retarded" at 18.
A few years later, he met The Bad Boy Entertainment founder P. Diddy outside the New York nightclub Mecca. Diddy, who found Mr. Mack impressive with his freestyling, signed him up to a contract. Soon, his 1994 hit single "Flava In Ya Ear" was born. It sold over a million copies and was nominated for a Grammy for the best rap solo. The song spawned a remix of "Who's Who" of rap remix featuring Notorious B.I.G, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Rampage.