Best known for 1994 hip-hop classic “Flava in Ya Ear”
Craig Mack has died aged 46, Associated Press reports. He died of natural causes at home in Walterboro, South Carolina on Monday night, according to AP, which cites the Colleton County coroner. The New York rapper broke out in 1994 with “Flava in Ya Ear,” released on Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. It became ubiquitous when Bad Boy released a remix featuring a then-rising Biggie Smalls alongside LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, and Rampage. Mack, who grew up in Brentwood, Long Island, originally recorded as MC EZ, before debuting on Bad Boy with Project: Funk da World, which includes “Flava in Ya Ear.” After releasing a second album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997, Mack moved to South Carolina and became an evangelical Christian.
Alvin Toney, producer of Project: Funk da World, says Mack “was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” in an interview with New York Daily News. DJ Scratch, Funkmaster Flex, and M.I.A. are among those who have paid tribute. See their posts below.