Several members of the Hip Hop community took to social media on early Tuesday morning (March 13) to mourn the death of Hip Hop vet Craig Mack. He was 46.
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.”
Funkmaster Flex also posted a tribute of his own to Instagram. The caption read, “Rest in Peace! Good brother … #CraigMack …Alvin Toney love my brother.”
Mack, 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 and Juicy J to Biz Markie and R.A. The Rugged Man, news of Mack’s death is currently rippling throughout the Hip Hop community.
This is a developing story. HipHopDX will post an update after more details become available.
In the meantime, check out some of the tributes below.
RIP Craig Mack.
— Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) March 13, 2018
RIP Craig Mack THE LEGEND 🙏🏿
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) March 13, 2018
R.I.P. Craig Mack x R.I.P. Biggie !!!! pic.twitter.com/UtBPEDt609
— TERMANOLOGY (@TermanologyST) March 13, 2018
RIP Craig Mack pic.twitter.com/r1mFwBisJP
— Vinnie the Chin (Saifullah) (@vinnie_paz) March 13, 2018
Rest in Peace CRAIG MACK. Long Island's own. We were proud of Craig when he came out with the little indie song as MC EZ & TROUP. Then a few years later he went on to make one of the biggest most iconic songs in Hip Hop history. Rest EZ. Never forgotten. We love ya bro
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) March 13, 2018
This hurts…….. Damn….
RIP Craig Mack
Big March 9th….. Craig March 11th https://t.co/hCbW0yVlF2
— #VisionImplementor (@Tyrese) March 13, 2018
Rest Easy Craig Mack 🤦🏾♂️🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/G8Spzr4CUG
— DJ First Class™ (@1DJFirstClass) March 13, 2018
Long Live Craig Mack. ☹️ pic.twitter.com/GQatujRXsZ
— Trizz (@Tr1zz) March 13, 2018
Sad news. I saw Craig Mack tear it down live once back in the day. Flava In Ya Ear will always be a classic. Craig Mack & Biggie are kicking rhymes back & forth with everyone else up there. #RIP #badboy #hiphop
— Mr. SOS (@Mr_SOS) March 13, 2018