Alvin Toney, Mack's producer on his Project: Funk Da World and Get Down Remix albums, confirmed the news in a statement to The New York Daily News, which reports Mack died on Monday from heart failure while in a SC hospital. He was a good friend of mine", said Alvin Toney, who produced Mack's debut album "Project: "Funk Da World" and his "Get Down Remix".
Craig Mack gave Bad Boy Records its first platinum single with with "Flava in Ya Ear", with its catchy and quirky lyrics and speedy delivery. 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.
According to Toney, Mack told him that he was ill and that he didn't expect to live long. A video from 2012 caught the rapper denouncing the "wickedness" of his former fame. You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. "Maybe he knew he was about to die but just didn't want to tell me", Mo Bee says.
Mack rose to prominence with his hit Grammy Award-nominated song "Flava In Ya Ear" in 1994. Growing up in Suffolk County, New York, Mack wanted to emulate New York rappers of the time such as LL Cool J and Run DMC.
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Despite the apparent success, Mack never released another album on Bad Boy.
Mack's cause of death has not been confirmed by the Overcomer ministry despite the reports stating that it was heart failure.
Rapper Biz Markie also paid tribute, saying, "He had two ideal singles and the platonic rap remix".
"Because Craig was my roadie on tour".
He's survived by a wife and two adult children, said Toney.
"I just got a disturbing phone call".