According to the news publication, Mack -- who was one of the first signees of Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records in the mid-1990s -- passed away from heart failure in a hospital that wasn't too far from his Walterboro, S.C. house. Mack's producer and friend Alvin Toney confirmed the shocking news to the newspaper. “God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine,” he said.
Toney continued: “Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney 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.” The producer also added that Mack was sick for some time now and was ready for whatever happened to him.
Before Puff signed the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim, and Mase; Mack was on Bad Boy. Many hip hop fans know the late MC's most popular track "Flava In Ya Ear," which reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The remix would have guest bars from Biggie Smalls, Rampage, Busta Rhymes, and LL Cool J.
Since this news broke, hip hop heads have been offering their condolences. In an exclusive statement to REVOLT TV, Diddy said: "Craig Mack you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit. You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world. You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. You inspired me, and I will continue to try to keep inspiring others. We will always love you."
Take a look at more reactions from Mack's fellow rap industry figures below. Rest in Power, G.
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