New York Rapper Craig Mack Dead at 46

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Nineties rapper Craig Mack, the man behind earworm Flava In Ya Ear has died age 43. He would set up & break down my turntables every night. Rest In Peace Lil Bro'. They introduced him to Sean "Puffy" Combs - now known as P Diddy - who put him on a remix of Mary J Blige's You Don't Have To Worry in 1992.

Mack's follow-up album, Operation: Get Down was released by on Street Life after he separated from Bad Boy Records in 1995; however, the album failed to spawn a single anywhere near as successful at "Flava In Ya Ear", and ultimately peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard 200 while failing to reach the same commercial success as his first album. Mack was himself considered to be an icon of the early "90s heyday of Bad Boy Records" breakout years.

After his second album, he largely retreated from the public eye and in 2012 was filmed at a church service denouncing the "wickedness" of his former life.

In recent years Mack had given up the fame and music for a life of religious conviction. "We just finishing up his new album".

Rapper Biz Markie also paid tribute, saying: "He had two ideal singles and the platonic rap remix".

Referencing the lyrics of Flava In Ya Ear, he added: "May he kick that ol' robotic, futuristic, George Jetson insane [expletive] in the infinite". God bless my friend. He also added, "He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord".

Mack, 46, was part of Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Entertainment in the 1990s and gained prominence with the record label at that time. "He was prepared to do that".

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