Former Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack dead at 46

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Rapper Craig Mack, best known for the song "Flava in Ya Ear", has died aged 46.

Legendary hip hop DJs Funkmaster Flex and DJ Scratch and others in the same field took to social media to confirm the hip hop star's passing and offer condolences. The 46-year-old suffered from heart failure and tragically passed away at a hospital near Walterboro, South Carolina, the town he was living in at the time of his death.

However, Mack soon parted ways with Bad Boy Records - allegedly because of tense relations with Combs' fellow protege Notorious BIG - and his subsequent releases failed break the top 40. It was on the remix where Notorious B.I.G. first made his breakout appearance into mainstream media. He was a good friend of mine, ' said Toney, who produced Mack's albums Project: Funk Da World and Get Down Remix.

After departing Bad Boy Records Mack went on to release a follow-up album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997.

In recent years Mack had given up the fame and music for a life of religious conviction.

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Rapper Biz Markie also paid tribute, saying: "He had two ideal singles and the platonic rap remix".

Mack is survived by a wife and two children, who are both adults, Toney said. "I can not believe this dude is gone", said Scratch on Instagram.

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. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. In a statement, Toney said, "God bless my friend".

"Because Craig was my roadie on tour". "He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord", the producer admitted.