WALTERBORO, South Carolina — Multiple sources throughout the hip-hop community including Revolt TV, that former Bad Boy artist Craig Mack has passed away from heart failure. Mack was just 46 years old.
Mack played holds a pivotal role in building the foundation of Bad Boy Records, the music label created by REVOLT TV Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, Mack signed with Bad Boy Records, and in 1993, he made his debut on Mary J. Blige’s classic, trailblazing What’s The 411 remix LP, stealing the show on the remix to MJB’s “You Don’t Have To Worry.”
Craig Mack and Bad Boy then launched his debut, the Easy Moe Bee-produced single “Flava In Your Ear.” It sold platinum, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The “Flava In Your Ear (Remix),” which featured Puff Daddy, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Rampage and the Notorious B.I.G., was an even bigger record – while Hype Williams-directed the visuals.
Later in 1994, Bad Boy put together a genius marketing plan called “Big Mack,” where they simultaneously promoted Mack’s debut project Funk Da World and Biggie’s Ready To Die. Mack’s LP went gold and spawned two more bangers: “Get Down,” which went gold, and “Makin Moves With Puff.”
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 will continue to inspire us. We will always love you. #badboy4life #ripcraigmack