5 Things You Didn’t Know About Craig Mack

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Yesterday saw the passing of a true hip hop great – Craig Mack – who died aged 46 from congestive heart failure.

News hit today of the tragedy, with Mack reportedly passing away at a hospital in South Carolina, close to his home. Best known for his work with the late Notorious B.I.G, the former Bad Boy Records rapper was a pivotal member of the 90s New York hip hop scene, and collaborated closely with everyone from LL Cool J to Busta Rhymes.

While largely dwarfed by Biggie in his music output, Mack released several studio albums in his time and lays claim to one of the greatest hip hop releases of all time – Flava in Ya Ear. But, beyond that, what do we really know about the man and his legacy.

Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Craig Mack.

1. He disappeared from the world of rap

While a big star in 1994, Mack’s rap success was short-lived. After leaving Bad Boy Records in 1995, he was unable to achieve the same heights, and quickly disappeared off the charts. Then in 2006, he vanished altogether.

2. He reappeared as a member of the church

Here he is in 2012 video, worshipping at commune in Walterboro, South Carolina.

3. A documentary about his life was in the making

That’s according to producer Alvin Toney, a close friend of Mack’s, who spoke with him several occasions about the matter.

4. He had a family

The rapper is survived by two adult children and a wife, none of whom consented to his work in the church.

5. His biggest release was Biggie’s breakout moment

Biggie’s first notable appearance on-screen came in the music video for the Flava in Ya Ear Remix.

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