Craig Mack

Craig Mack, the 1st rap artist signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy Records, has died at age 46, his producer confirmed to the NY Daily News.

Mack, who is best known for his '90s hit single "Flava In Ya Ear," died Monday of heart failure at a hospital near his home in Walterboro, S.C.

Alvin Toney, a close friend who produced Mack’s albums, Project: Funk Da World and Get Down Remix, visited Mack last week at the Overcomer Ministry Church in Walterboro to film a documentary on the rapper's life.

Toney tells the News that Mack had been sick for some time.

“God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine,” said Toney.

“Nobody got to understand his story. 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.”

Another lifelong friend, rap veteran DJ Scratch remembered Mack on early Tuesday:

"I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life."

Craig Mack

Other legendary hip-hop veterans remembered Mack on social media, including DJ Funkmaster Flex and rapper Biz Markie.

As of Tuesday morning, rap mogul Combs, who helped launch Mack's career, had yet to speak on his death.

Hip-hop historian Brian @_Valtown_ thinks he knows why.

According to Brian, Combs, 48, and Mack parted ways on unfriendly terms in the '90s after Combs shelved the MC's sophomore album and dropped him from the label in favor of newcomer the Notorious B.I.G.

"Craig Mack did Flava in Ya Ear for Puff as a business thing, but Puff was focused on Big. While they’re on Yo! MTV Raps, he lies about Mack’s second album coming out, which never happened because Puff dropped him after his album only went Gold."

Brian also uploaded a video to Twitter that shows Mack with a skeptical look on his face when Combs mentioned Mack's 2nd album dropping.

Mack, who credited rap legend Parrish Smith, of EPMD, with discovering him, is survived by a wife and 2 adult children.



  • Kim’s Original Face

    I always wanted to know what ever happened to Craig Mack, his music provides a lot of memories...I am not surprised about the whole Puff situation. But rest on Mack! Prayers for his family.

  • Yoni7

    Rest In Peace!
    To one of the legends who had one of THEE LIVEST beat drop intros (0.10) to a rap song EVER! They don't make rap like THAT anymore.

    And just like a piece of Sizzilean......
    You won't be around next year....
    Stamina like Bruce Jenner...

    This sh!t is on REPEAT!

  • Yoni7

    As with everything else that Puff touched, probably vanished. Him, Carl Thomas, the Lox (I think). Didn't 112 use to be on the payroll as well? Yeah. They made music that I STILL listen to CURRENTLY.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Oh no! Diddy's gonna inundate ig with posts... which will be good, this time.

  • SpiceGirl

    Rest easy Bredrin

  • Kemi

    RIP legend! Condolences to family and friends..

  • RealATLPeach36

    The secrets he died with. Puff seems to be on top and stay on top, but he seems to be gutter and selfish as FUCK! I've always heard if you want to make money, and become a millionaire, you must step on a few heads and hands along the way.

    I always thought about Karma.......''Just a thought"

  • Yardgirl

    Oh no!! 46 is too young to die of heart failure. RIP sir you were a legend.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Puff hit him up for the Bad Boy Reunion tour, to no avail.

    They may have parted on sour terms but 20+ years later did not seem to be on bad terms.

  • jussaying

    112 and Carl Thomas still hanging on - they are touring and 112 put out a new single earlier this year. Just fyi ;).

  • TamG

    I wonder what else was behind the decision not to keep producing Mack. Gold and a Grammy nomination for a debut album is respectable! I don’t see just dropping someone after that. Something there doesn’t make sense.

    Whatever the case, I guess it doesn’t matter now. May Mack R.I.P. and condolences to his family (didn’t know he was a religious family man. Interesting!)

  • WutizstillHERE!

    RIP to Craig Mack

  • Hater

    Ish was the joint!!!
    Rest easy Craig «Flava» Mack!

  • Yoni7

    I was listening to 112 not too long ago and forgot how many cuts they have. That Can I Touch You, and QParker's version of 1+1 is so hot to me.
    Other notables (in no particular order):
    Love You Like I Did
    Now That We're Done
    Stay (with Faith Evans)

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Fly High bew

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile saw their album in Walmart yesterday they have a album out

  • jussaying

    Yeah I remember they did an interview. I didn't pick up the album yet, but Carl Thomas & 112 just put on a show after a bball game here. A lot of the 90s acts are doing that these days.

  • Jennifer

    "Just. Like. Uniblab. Robotic kickin flab." RIP brotha. Favorite Puffy production to date!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    RIP C.Mack.

  • sunni_daze

    Crazy Like dat Glue. RIP Craig MACK

  • tintin

    oh no . .. R.I.P Craig.that's way too young to leave this earth already. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • Junkanoo

    Hip Hop was addicting back then so much creativity an talent it was an embarassment of riches compared to the state of Hip Hop today, RIP

  • Missy

    & its ?!

  • Renee Bee
  • You Could Never

    Crazy part was about 2 months ago I couldn't sleep and saw the dopest documentary on him on YouTube. Don't even know how I got on it.

    Second thing. He passed away in Walterboro SC. Which I had NEVER heard of, until my own dad passed away there too last year. And that is where Kamaiyah Mobley, the girl stolen at birth grew up. All so crazy to me. It's a tiny tiny place. No more than 4k people. If THAT.

    RIP to you Craig.

  • Yardgirl

    Thanks for the link, I will have to watch later. Back when music was dope. RIP Craig


    As usual Sandra your article in Craig Mack is the best and real I read. May he rest in peace. This young mumble rappers will never know true Hip Hop. This article also show Diddy true colors man. He messed over every artist on his label. I mean this video is cringe worthy at its best. Diddy is the devil!

  • Ni Ni

    "he was very religious and wanted to go to church."
    Good to know...RIP?

  • Yetunde

    So sad. He was a good rapper, it's a shame his full potential was never realised.
    I remember watching that clip when it cam on Yo! MTV Raps.
    RIP Craig Mack

  • Ni Ni

    It's coming

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    ALL OF THIS!! YES, i just said Diddy is the devil ???? something very sinister about him.

  • You Could Never

    Sure the hell WAS. What a time it was to be alive. Craig will always be associated with my hs memories.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Diddy is DIRTY,uggh!! Rest easy Craig. Glad he found the Lord.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, you probably dont go from zero to being worth hundreds of millions of dollars without stepping on some heads & hands along the way.


    None of is artist from back then Millionaire. Not because of themselves because Diddy cheated them. So most turned to the street and crimes to support themselves. He evil as hell!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    When you compare somebody like Craig Mack to some of these new rappers like Young Thug and Cardi B... really there's no comparison.


  • Rayne

    Awl nawl. Rip Mack dang

  • Kayke

    Total, Yung Joc, Day 26.....after having seemingly good success, they just vanish. Puff is cutthroat. For awhile I wondered why artist still signed with him....BadBoy was were artist and their careers went to die.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Damn...Craig Mack found the church before he died. He was a great rapper and got taken advantage of smh. I wonder if the Devil will be on horseback or just at the gates of Hell when Puffy arrives....

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Exactly!! I used to really like Diddy, but it seems like he's getting exposed a lot here lately. Look at the look on Craig Macks face in that video! It just speaks volumes!! I ALWAYS thought Diddy was in on Biggies death, now I'm certain. Diddy is a ??? for real!!

  • Rayne

    How could he be so cold like that? I’ve heard many of stories about this dude smh

  • Kayke

    Biggie was his money train, I don't think he had anything to do with his murder. He definitely robs his artists, tho

  • shun king

    was a good song

  • guest

    SMDH #ripcm

  • Blue

    RIP. Aww man. One of my faves.

  • SpillyNillie

    RIP Craig...this song takes me biiiiiike!

  • Yardgirl

    Mine too!!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    The LOVE of money is the root of ALL evil. People do the lowest things for money!!

  • SandraRose

    You just said Mack declined Puffy's offer to do the tour.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    My condolences to his family.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I feel what you're saying but I do think he was involved . I think he knew something that's why he rode in a seperate SUV than biggie the night of his death.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Wow! These rappers are dying YOUNG! Younger than the R&B singers it seems. Not getting those medical checkups? Not following doctor's orders? Not being able to afford medicines? Sad.

  • Tammie Reed

    RIP loved his music! xoxo

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  • KarmaBackAround

    Sleep in peace Craig Mack

  • Yoni7

    Don't forget O-Town (white group) and Da Band.

  • davine puddin

    I heard he was really into god. There must been some stuff during badboy heyday. Mace and him and dude in isreal got real religious.

  • goat

    On The Art of Organized Noise documentary, Rico Wade said Puffy would take his artists publishing checks.

  • Logan Roberts

    Artists are worth more when they die. I'm willing to bet Diddy was involved.

  • Yoni7

    I never not ONCE got a "like" vibe for Diddy. He's always seemed like a snake to me. ALWAYS!

  • Yoni7

    "Friends and families" hire hitmen everyday, B. LOL

  • Yoni7


  • Vonn

    Hopefully some of his victims will start a #DiddyDidIt movement.

  • Yoni7

    I have everything Carl ever made. I would have loved to been at that concert. Just went to the 90's block party back in November. PACKED HOUSE!

  • ???TheRider???

    Why are all the artists from Bad Boy, sans Biggie's estate, all broke? I think Puff knew better than to mess with Miss Wallace, so he gave her what she deserved. Why is Faith performing at Crenshaw Plaza? Kim got IRS problems, the list goes on. Where is Carl Thomas?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Gone on to peace! Wow! He did that with FLAVOR IN YOUR EARS.... That hot bring back sooooo many memories...


    Yes.. He used to put his exotic cars in there video and charge them over $500 dollars a day for it. and he directed they videos! how greedy can you be to struggling artist?

  • Karen Brady

    "Now hold up, let's make this official.. Everybody let's agree that MC's need a tissue." Well I need a tissue Craig, rest in peace my brother and thank you for making us shake our azzes in '94. WOOH!!!

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  • Karen Brady

    Crenshaw Plaza? Oh hell to the naw

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay???!!!!

  • Kayke

    They definitely do..... When there is something to gain. Biggie was worth more to Puff alive than dead. Why would he kill the artist he was shelving other artist's albums for?

  • Karen Brady

    Yep cuz he sure passed on that reunion tour last year or the year before.

  • Coffee1st

    Never, ever liked him.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    The source alluded to them having a rift for all of that time.

    Craig answered no due to his own spirituality.

    Bad blood or not, the man quit rap and even Diddy couldn’t get him to change his mind.

  • Kayke

    They have to be established first. Big had one album when he was murdered. One.
    Pac had 4 albums by the time he was murdered and the fifth was finished, waiting for the release......this is why Pac is the Elvis of rap. "He's still alive, I seen him in Cuba" lol. See the difference. There was no money in murdering Big.

  • Yoni7

    We don't know what type of insurance policy he may have had in place behind the lights and camera that WE didn't see. There is always motive and hidden agendas. Real eyes realize real lies.

  • Chile_Pleeze

    watch Puff ole opportunistic @shy @$$ unsheleve Mack's sophomore album and release it since he's now dead.. he loves capitalizing off his artist's death..... #BiggleSmalls

  • Mark mcharm

    Biggies estate is getting jerked also he still owns bigs publishing

  • Mark mcharm

    shyne is in belize ,mase is a crook, craig mack joined a cult and loon is in prison on drug charges.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Omg! Please tell me this isn't true. Everyone who was with Bad Boy is doing bad or dead except Puff.

  • Trey

    Rap Legend???

  • Reina1718

    Stevie j made most of those hits! He should b up there with diddy! Diddy nvr let anyone get on his level!

  • Kayke

    Insurance Bruh? Diddy has always been business savy, thats how he banks more than everyone else every year, without having to drop albums and tour like Jayz, with next to no artist on his label. There was more money in Big being alive, Period. How much insurance do you think he could've gotten on overweight, drug and alcohol using Biggie? That's low budget compared to where their craft coulve taken them.....did take them.

  • Kayke

    It's called pimping. You give them enough to live, but not enough to not need you.

  • Yoni7

    Ok, sus.

  • Fire & Ice

    I was just telling my guy this. Yes it happens to everyday folks, but this is really young. That lifestyle, of ripping and running, partying, drugs, and alcohol, catches up to you. Think about it, your in Miami one day, then LA, then Paris. All of that with all.of the other stuff takes a toll.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    RIP!! Craig Mack.. Man i ahte to say it but something big must bout to happen with Diddy. every time someone in his camps passes, he gets a major deal. Still feel he has something to do with BIG death. How you get shoot in broad day light on a busy street and nobody knows. Yea right.

    As for Diddy's artist! What are any of them doing. How is he still top 3 richest music entertainers in the world. You aint selling that much likka. I mean he has had hella artist and all are struggling. SMH

    The Notorious B.I.G.
    Faith Evans
    Mario Winans
    The Lox
    Black Rob
    Mark Curry
    Megan Nicole
    Jordan McCoy
    Carl Thomas
    G. Dep
    Da Band
    8Ball & MJG
    New Edition
    Boyz n da Hood
    Cheri Dennis
    Kalenna Harper
    Yung Joc
    Dirty Money
    Gorilla Zoe
    Danity Kane
    Christian Daniel
    Chopper City
    Elephant Man
    Donnie Klang
    Foxy Brown
    Janelle Monae
    French Montana
    Machine Gun Kelly
    Bow Wow

  • bemetoo

    big, lil Kim, faith, mase, total, Craig Mack,112, dream, lil cease, the lox, loon, shyne, g-dep, Carl Thomas, danity Kane, day26, da band ....every fucking one of them are dead in jail or broke with no career

  • RudyHuxtable

    He's always been quite the sight for soar eyes. Nonetheless, I have nothing but GREAT memories of my childhood based off this one hit alone. I can recall watching, Flava In Ya Ear" video and remix and reciting all the lyrics with my right hands swaying back and forth. Good memories Craig Mack. God bless.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    So while he's working on his documentary he dies..... I'm sorry but I'm a conspiracy theorist so you'll have to excuse me. RIP Craig.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Faith performing at Crenshaw Plaza? ????

  • Marlika

    RIP Mack! Im glad he found God and had a church home.

    Puffy is a dirty low down POS!
    His buck tooth ass is such a snake. When he’s day comes I hope his ass suffers soo bad.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Lord, this is so sad. RIP Craig Mack.

  • Marlika

    The Lox are doing well. They own juice bars in NYC. Faith seems like she well and Kim has money from somewhere to keep up her plastic surgeries.?????

  • Mister Fantastic

    He had Congestive Heart Failure and Diabetes Type 2. Was part of a church that said God will heal him, not doctors. Was looking sickly for years.

    Go see your doctor, take your meds on time, and choose a healthier lifestyle people.

  • TheWildChild

    ? Add Mouf' breather to the list ?

  • Marlika

    I think he did try to screw over Ms. Wallace but she was smart enough to put a stop to it. I don’t believe they have a relationship anymore.

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    Darn, his song Flava in Ya Ear, was in my head all last week, I kid you not. I couldnt stop singing that song. I loved Craig Mack. This is so sad. RIP Mr Mack.

  • Meme

    what are you saying noooo, RIP Sir God speed! sincerest condolences to the family and everyone who knew and loved him

  • Tee Bullock

    RIP Craig!!

  • Meme

    Don't you worry bout that if it's true what they say he's done he will get his dues

  • Meme

    I want to laugh but I'm so sad about Mr Mack still that made me chuckle about #DiddyDidIt

  • mona q

    Deceptive business practices...

  • Yetunde

    Lil Cease was never signed to Bad Boy. Junior Mafia were signed to Undeas. However, I understand your sentiment.

  • Drea982

    You're not the only one. The wheels are spinning in my brain too.

  • ???TheRider???

    Now that I didn't know. I always felt he was afraid of Miss Wallace because she comes from the islands.

  • ???TheRider???

    Yes chile, a couple of months ago. I was shocked.

  • bemetoo

    And none have a career ... all are standing in the food stamp line on warfare with the exception of Kim and faith

  • Vonn

    You're right. I didn't mean for it to be funny, but Diddy (allegedly) has been up to no good for a long time. Damaged a lot of folks careers & their mental & physical well being.

  • Blak

    Sad that these guys are dying so young from ailments that are suppose to kill people that are elderly

  • Drea982

    Faith and Kim aren't broke they still do shows and whatnot. Shyne definitely got effed over tho.

  • SG

    Thank you for correctly quoting that scripture. It's a minor pet peeve of mine when people misquote it. lol

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    You can never trust someone who ALWAYS has his mouth open. Lol

  • Alextra Ballard

    First and foremost rip deepest condolences to his family. Secondly, what in the world is going on? You have younger people now dying will illnesses and disease that was once associated with the older/elderly folks. Heart failure, alzheimer/dementia,strokes just to name a few.

  • free

    wasn't mack sick and that's why he dropped out of the game? i'm getting old, my memory is fading.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Yw.?? It's a pet peeve of mine as well. I believe this scripture is one of the most misquoted ones of all time. Money in itself isn't evil, it's the love of it which makes people do the most evil things. Lol I hate when people say " the truth shall set you free." It's the truth will MAKE you free.

  • leapyearpisces

    OMG!!!!! You took it BAAAAAAAAAAAAACKKKKK with Donny Klang...I forgot ALLLLLLLLLL about that whiteboy!!!! OMG. I still have Da Band's, Danity Kane's, and Day 26's CD in my car....Lord have mercy...Jody Breeze....Gorilla Zoe...I used to love both of them.

  • Meme

    You couldn't help that it was funny you just told the truth!!! #DiddyDidIt? I'm telling you if he really is that bad.... hmmmmmmm I don't want to be him when he gets his comeuppance!

  • Liah


  • J2PC

    He allowed himself to be led by a white cult leader who reportedly tell his followers to not take medicine for their illnesses. Well, if he listened to that non-sense & stopped taking his meds that would've kept him alive...then expect the likely outcome.

    You are believing a myth rather than looking at the facts. Heart-attacks, lupus, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDs, seizures, FLU/pneumonia and all are not just a diseases that only kill elderly. -people of all ages can die from such.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    R.I.H. Craig Mack

  • Drea982

    Laaaaaaaawwwwwd not a cult tho!!!! Mase is THEEEE fakest pastor on the planet. I saw his sermon and he literally preached about paying tithes the entire time.

  • Drea982

    Girl Satan with be on horseback with balloons, and edible arrangement, and flowers for his down low a$$ when he gets there. LOL.

  • Yoni7

    Or a man that is knock-kneed AND has hips. #him

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    R.I.P. Craig Mack

  • VM

    True. So is he like a modern day Jim Jones?

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Lmao. Sweetie pies son Tim too??

  • VM


  • VM

    That's that good old 360 deal.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    I guess a sista has to do what she's got to do. Diddy ain't trying to share his pennies or pay what he owes.

  • Applebootay

    R.I.P. Craig Mack

  • Applebootay

    Faith was just doing press for her new album....?

  • Applebootay

    Is she really performing at Crenshaw?....LOL

  • Bambi

    Wow that's just sad.

  • Tena

    Classic. Rip.

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  • Toni Wiggins-Sorzano

    Kim owes the IRS. She’s doing shows, but I’m sure not a super steady income. Maybe if she had a regular lifestyle she may be ok. I’m sure she’s struggling.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Rest in Peace...hope you found your way to Heaven.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Anything or anyone that had or has ties to Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy Combs, Brother Love, or what the F ever, always has a story to tell. And most times, the story never plays favorable to the snake himself.

  • Karen Brady


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  • abby500

    Right! My ex had CHF and had a transplant and is doing great! Like new.

  • abby500

    AND thick thighs and knocked knee. Icky teef!

  • Wayup!


  • Wayup!

    Him & Jay Z favor.. This hurt my heart...?

  • Lisa Toney

    R.I.P Craig Mack You never got the recongition you deserved my brother rest well.

  • cristalle1

    Rest in peace. Thanks for Flava, great memories come back with that song!

  • Logan Roberts

    Ok. ?

  • BR….

    I mean has bad boy really worked for anyone? I mean can we really say it worked for biggie when he couldn’t even enjoy his success and let’s not talk about Ma$e, loon, Carl Thomas, Danity Kane,Cassie, Da Band, Day26 , Dream, I mean I’m literally naming ppl off the top of my head , the list GOES ON AND ON !!!!!!

  • Lady Elle

    True story...

  • Crazy tee

    Dream, B5, Total, Cheri Dennis, Mario Winans, Black Rob, Shyne...

  • Yoni7

    He is NOTORIOUS! Yuck!

  • Tiff J

    Yes. I don't know how long he was sick for, or what sickness he had. But Eric Sermon (from EPMD) was on TMZ yesterday and said that Craig was sick. Craig called Eric & a bunch of his other old friends, 6 months ago and said that he was dying. Eric said that's why Craig didn't go on the Bad Boy Reunion Tour, cause he was so sick he wouldn't have the endurance to do shows. Sad.

  • Tiff J

    Does Bad Boy as a record label even exist anymore? Is French Montana the only artist signed to it? Puffy has diversified his portfolio. That's how he stays rich. Revolt TV & liquor... that's where his money comes from nowadays. Maybe even some still comes from Sean John.... but I haven't seen any velour track suits from Diddy in a LONG time.

  • SandraRose

    Thanks, hun.

  • Rayscoty

    Did Puffy have him killed before the documentary released..

  • Patricia

    very much so

  • Drea982

    Idk I hope she has a new one out.

  • Drea982

    Oh lord whats with them not paying taxes?