Craig Mack has reportedly died at age 46

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Mack's debut album Project: Funk da Word was his most successful peaking at 21 on the USA album charts.

Legendary hip hop DJs Funkmaster Flex and DJ Scratch and others in the same field took to social media to confirm the hip hop star's passing and offer condolences.

The rapper's follow-up album "Operation: Get Down", released by Street Life records in 1995 was unable to spawn a single anywhere near to the success of "Flava In Ya Ear". He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life, ' he shared. Because Craig was my rodie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night. Mack was himself considered to be an icon of the early "90s heyday of Bad Boy Records" breakout years. "Project: Funk Da World" finally peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and No. 6 on Billboard's U.S. R&B charts and then certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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.

"Flava In Ya Ear" has come to be considered a hip-hop classic, even appearing in a recent auto ad as motivational music, and Mack himself has become an icon of the early "90s heyday of Bad Boy Records" initial breakout years. "Rest in Power Craig". Regardless of what happened later in his career, "Flava in Ya Ear" will always be a hip-hop classic.

Alvin Toney, an executive producer on Project: Funk Da World, said: "God bless my friend".

Mack was from Long Island, New York and signed with P. Diddy's Bad Boy label.

"He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord", he said. "He wasn't scared. He was ready".