'90s rapper Craig Mack dead at 46

'90s rapper Craig Mack dead at 46

Craig Mack will be eulogized today for his work as the first signee to Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records during the '90s, in light of his sudden death at age 46.

A devoutly religious person, Mack apparently doubled-down on his religious activities, moved from NY, and stopped rapping.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, Mack's friend and producer Alvin Toney said: "He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord".

"Nobody got to understand his story", Toney explained. "But I wanted to rap more than anything, and there were no courses in rap at college".

He said Mack then told him that he had been ill for some time.

"[Alvin] did two hours' worth of interviewing with Craig Mack".

After "Flava in Ya Ear", Mack returned to body the 1999 song "Wooden Horse" and a remix of G. Dep's "Special Delivery" in 2001.

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Over the past few hours, hip-hop and former Bad Boy artists have remembered Craig. "He was a good friend of mine", Toney said.

Sermon also confessed his own heartbreak over Mack's death, tweeting, "I'm devastated over the news of Craig Mack".

Love poured out for Mack on social media Tuesday from fans and fellow artists.

He later released a second album, "Operation: Get Down", after splitting with Diddy but eventually left music and devoted his life to religion. The Notorious B.I.G.'s album, Ready to Die, dropped on September 14, 1994 and Craig Mack's Project: Funk Da World dropped on September 20th. You $tepped away from the game & did it your way.

Mack first encountered P. Diddy in the early 1990s - who at the time was still known as "Puffy" - at a Manhattan night club and impressed the up-and-coming producer with his freestyling skills.

Diddy paid tribute to the late star on Twitter, writing: 'You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. "I always respected that.#RIPCraigMack". May the almighty embrace your soul and life up your family and friends.

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