Flava In Ya Ear rapper Craig Mack dies, aged 46

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Craig is best known for his 1994 hit, "Flava in Ya Ear", and he was signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment label, like so many great artists of his time.

Close friend DJ Scratch paid tribute on Instagram, and revealed they had been discussing a documentary about Mack's life.

Craig Mack tragically died on March 12, his producer, Alvin Toney, told The Daily News one day later. In fact, it was the remix of Mack's infectious "Flava in Ya Ear" track that introduced to the world a rapper by the name of the Notorious B.I.G.

Impressed with his contribution, Combs offered him a recording contract and released Mack's smooth, laid-back debut album, Project: Funk da World, in 1994.

After a sophomore album in 1997 generated little publicity, Mack faded from the music scene and ultimately retired from rapping.

Toney said he saw Mack for the final time last week during a visit to the Overcomer Ministry church he attends in Walterboro to film a documentary about the rapper, and his decision to pass on fame for a life of deep religious conviction.

Rapper Craig Mack has died at the age of 46, according to reports in the U.S. press. A remix of the song was later released, featuring the Notorious BIG, Busta Rhymes and LL Cool J.

"Because Craig was my roadie on tour".

Toney noted that Mack is survived by a wife and two adult children. He wasn't scared. He was ready'.

"I just got a disturbing phone call".

'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". He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour.

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