Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack dead at 46

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Diddy, going by Puff Daddy at the time, took Mack under his wing after the aspiring rapper proved his prowess by freestyling outside club Mecca in Manhattan.

According to Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey, Mack died at his home in Walterboro around 9 p.m. EST on Monday, March 13.

Craig Mack, who rose to fame in the 90s for his hit single "Flava In Ya Ear", has died at the age of 46.

Mack, who hailed from Long Island, first started rapping under the name MC EZ in the late 1980s. After he failed to make an impact, he worked as an assistant to local hip-hop heroes EPMD.

Mack's 1994 debut album Project: Funk Da World went gold in America.

His track "Flava In Ya Ear" was released in 1994 and reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ultimately being certified platinum for selling over a million copies.

To many, including hip hop mogul and Bad Boy Records founder Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Mack was a major part of bringing attention back to the East Coast music scene. He made several attempts to release music in the following years; a mixtape called "Operation Why2K?" emerged in 2012 and an album called "The Mack World Sessions" in 2017. Toney says Mack revealed he was ill when they saw each other last week, and that Mack was at peace with his condition. Time for new flava in ya ear. In a tweet today, rapper/producer Erick Sermon stated: "We just finishing up his new album". Rest in Power Craig.

"About 3 months ago or so, I finally got ahold of [Mack] and we talked on the phone for over an hour", Mo Bee wrote on Instagram. "It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church", Toney said.

"Craig was my roadie on tour".

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