Walterboro, SC - 

Hip Hop vet Craig Mack passed away from heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, South Carolina home on Monday (March 12), according to the New York Daily News.

Producer Alvin Toney, who helped craft Mack’s 1994 debut album Project: Funk da World, reportedly saw the former Bad Boy Records affiliate for the final time last week. Toney explained he was working on a documentary about the Trenton, New Jersey-born rapper.

“Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney said. “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.”

During the visit, Toney said Mack told him he’d been ill for some time and knew his days were numbered.

“He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”

As news of Mack’s passing continues to spread online, more and more Hip Hop personalities have flocked to social media to pay their respects and offer their condolences.

EPMD’s Erick Sermon revealed Mack was in the process of wrapping up a new album before his passing.

Mack is survived by his wife and two children.

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Sad To Hear About Craig Mack Passing… Our First Gang Starr Tour Opening Up For EPMD In 1990 When Craig Was Just A Roadie Setting Up @djscratch Turntables and EPMD's Stage… After Every Gig He and Redman Would Battle The Whole Town In Our Hotel Lobby For Real Every Fuckin Night… Chubb Rock, Father MC and DJ Quik Were Also On The Tour. We Couldn't Afford A Tour Bus So I Drove My Mazda MPV And Followed The Bus With Me, Biggest Gord, Lil Dap & Guru. It Was Such A Family Atmosphere So We Toured Again In 1992 Along With Das Efx, K-Solo and Now Redman Was A Gold Artist Of His Own… This Is 2 Years Before The Bad Boy Label Era. Salute To Alvin Toney For The Confirmation and Also Touring With Us On 2 Of The Wildest Tours I've Ever Experienced In My Career… R.I.P. Mack #MCEZandTroup #GetRetarted @erick_sermon @pmd_mic_doc @redmangilla @ksolo @officialdasefx @djquik

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?? Craig Mack rip

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God Bless Craig Mack

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Craig Mack always held a special place in my heart for several reasons. On the “Get Down” Remix that Q Tip produced and rapped on I got my first shout out when Tip said,”Know Naim, Ray Tip what’s going on Love” My nickname was “Ray Tip” in correlation with Q Tip when I was a teenager. The first time I came out on stage with Q Tip was at a Craig Mack show at the Beacon Theatre where Tip was a surprise guest on his set and he brought me with him to perform. That night was Electric ⚡️⚡️⚡️ I always was felt like Craig was shunned for his looks and later written out of history for whatever “politics”. I remember seeing him casually walking down Sutphin Blvd at the end of The 90’s and it was shocking to me. It’s the consequences of the game but this guy did what MOST can’t. That 1st LP was Amazing. “Making Moves” is MY SHIT!!! Wish he would’ve gotten more out this Rap Shit, That Is All… #QueensAllDay

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