Rick Ross survived his health scare. Craig Mack didn’t.
Late last night, the 90s Bad Boy rapper was found unresponsive. Mack — yeah, his real name is ‘Craig Mack’ — was apparently suffering from a fatal and chronic heart condition. He passed away in a hospital near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina, after being found unresponsive.
Mack, originally from Long Island, experienced rap fame in the early 90s, thanks to his smash hit, ‘Flava In Ya Ear’. The track was played, re-played, and re-mixed for years, and still remains a staple 90s East Coast rap. The song was shuttled to the top by the venerable Bad Boy enterprise, with Diddy and Notorious B.I.G. anchoring the powerful operation.
Indeed, Craig Mack was one several successful Bad Boy ‘products,’ though ‘Flava In Ya Ear’ was one the label’s biggest all-time hits.
Maybe that machine chewed Mack up and spit him out. Ultimately, Mack was a one-hit wonder, and a forgotten rapper. After ‘Flava,’ there wasn’t a follow-up hit, and Craig Mack’s second album flopped. Actually, his first album didn’t get much attention outside ‘Flava’.
A devoutly religious person, Mack apparently doubled-down on his religious activities, moved from New York, and stopped rapping. It was even reported that Mack was part a strange cult, though we’ve heard mixed reports on that one.
The death itself was unexpected, though Mack was apparently nursing a fatal heart condition.
“I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone,” DJ Scratch recently stated on Instagram. “He just reached out a couple weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Craig was my roadie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night… Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”
R.I.P. Craig Mack: 1971-2018.