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.
I'm devastated over the news of Craig Mack.. We just finishing up his new album.. smh.. Rest in Power Craig…
— Erick Sermon (@iAmErickSermon) March 13, 2018
R.I.P to one of my good friends..#craigmack and I was young kids at my grandmother's house listening to red alert and WBLS. Waiting to hear the new rap records to record on the cassette tape… we heard #publicenemy @rakim and @officialbizmarkie one night..we lost our minds.. when I got famous I took him on tour with me..then he went home and signed to the label I was on at the time to show me he belongs with the HITSQUAD…then #EPMD broke up..he was devastated..@alvintoney took him to #puffy #badboy and the rest is history..you will be missed… #ahhhh boyyyy.. #mrbadboy himself….@djdiamondtheartist @lenny_ace @coachbernard
Mack is survived by his wife and two children.
Check out more tributes below.
Rest in Beats Craig Mack
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 13, 2018
Rest in power Craig. May the almighty embrace your soul & lift up your family and friends. it was a pleasure to know you & rock with you. You $tepped away from the game & did it your way.. I always respected that.#RIPCraigMack
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) March 13, 2018
Me: I don't get Flava In Ya Ear. He's behind the beat.
My friend @evanhr: Or maybe Craig Mack has a new flow, and your brain literally isn't ready for it.
*5 hours later*
Me: KICKIN..MAD…FLAVA…IN YA EARRRR
*Evan was right*#RIPCraigMack
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 13, 2018
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
Rest In Peace Craig Mack!! Mannnn the episodes we been through are none short of a movie!! Just thinking about some of the comical shit you used to do back in the days at my crib in Harlem, is the only thing that is making me smile right now!! You will be missed bro!! Rest Up good brother!! RIP Guru as well! 😢
Rest in Peace Craig Mack. Gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/BKrJ6Z209I
— TimWestwoodTV (@TimWestwood) March 13, 2018
— TimWestwoodTV (@TimWestwood) March 13, 2018
The song FLAVOR IN YA EAR will live on forever I Only met Craig Mack a couple times back in the mid 90”s & when I did he was hecka cool his rap style & swag was unmatched Sad to hear this news #RIPCraigMack
— E40 The Counselor (@E40) March 13, 2018
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