Craig Mack, one of the original members of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, died on Monday night at the age of 47.
The rapper passed away inside his Walterboro, South Carolina home of what is being called natural causes.
After news broke of the Long Island native’s passing, many took to social media to honor the late artist, including LL Cool J and Rampage, who both appeared alongside Mack on the remix to his Grammy Award nominated hit, “Flava in Ya Ear.”
Mack rose to fame in the 90’s after signing to Bad Boy. In 1994, he garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Flava in Ya Ear.” That year, however, he lost to Queen Latifah.
Mack’s first studio album, Project Funk da World, even became certified gold. But the lifestyle of a major artist just wasn’t enough for Mack.
After hanging up his rap career, the “Get Down” artist committed his life to God and lived a quiet life in South Carolina. “Nobody got to understand his story,” Mack’s former producer Alvin Toney told the New York Daily News.
Alvin, who said he spoke with Mack over a week ago while filming a documentary of his new life, also suggested, “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.”
The rapper was survived by his wife and two adult children.
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