DJ Scratch of EPMD fame posted a photo of Mack with the caption, “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. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgQNYxolZvq/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=500#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A1667%7DFunkmaster Flex also posted a tribute of his own to Instagram. The caption read, “Rest in Peace! Good brother … #CraigMack …Alvin Toney love my brother.”
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgQMMNEALpM/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=500#%7B%22ci%22%3A1%2C%22os%22%3A1672%7DMack, who rose to notoriety with 1994’s “Flava In Ya Ear,” was signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment throughout the ’90s. The track’s remix is considered one of the greatest rap posse cuts of all time.
“Flava In Ya Year” is also certified platinum by the RIAA and peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 the year it was released.
Despite Diddy asking him to join the Bad Boy Reunion Tour in 2016, Mack opted not to do the shows. However, he did return in May 2016 with a religious rap song he performed at The Overcomer Ministry in South Carolina.
Tributes have already started pouring in on social media. From Whodini’s Jalil Hutchins andJuicy J to Biz Markie and R.A. The Rugged Man, news of Mack’s death is currently rippling throughout the Hip Hop community.
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