Hip-Hop Reacts to Craig Mack’s Death
According to reports, the "Flava in Ya Ear" rapper died of heart failure at a hospital near his home in Walterboro, S.C. Following news of his death, there was an outpouring of love from rappers and producers such as Joe Budden, Juicy J, Chuck D, Easy Mo Bee, 9th Wonder and more who paid their respects to the legend.
"1994. I was 12 years old. i studied this album a lot!" Stakik Selektah wrote about Mack's Project: Funk Da World. "The beats & rhymes had their own style and were just so cutting edge. I remember when he came back out in 99 with 'Wooden Horse' and i was amped. Unfortunately the big return never happened."
Questo gave props to the "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)," writing, "I kinda think #FlavaInYaEar was the hip hop freestylers’ 1st viral instrumental choice. I mean there was always the lunchroom desk & beatboxing."
Others such as Easy Mo Bee and Erick Sermon shared stories about Mack potentially making a comeback. According to Mo Bee, he had sent Mack five or six tracks, while Sermon says the two were finishing up an album.
1994. I was 12 years old. i studied this album a lot! The beats & rhymes had their own style and were just so cutting edge. I remember when he came back out in 99 with “Wooden Horse” and i was amped. Unfortunately the big return never happened. (I randomly played a new joint from him 6 months ago too). Rest In Peace Craig Mack. You know we paying homage Thursday @shade45 ... @bugout.mp3 you put me on early to him.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as well as the bad boy family. God gives us so much time in this world to make a change or to inspire those to be better than us. #craigmack did that and more. May God bring peace and love to his family and love ones. #ripcraigmack #newflavortoyaear #badboy #legendsneverdie
Man. To be In hip hop culture & live past the age of 50 is a fight to the finish for real. All due respect to #CraigMack. For some reason w exception of a RARE few, like #ProtectYaNeck, #ScenarioRemix —maybe #ShutEmDown remix—-I kinda think #FlavaInYaEar was the hip hop freestylers’ 1st viral instrumental choice. I mean there was always the lunchroom desk & beatboxing. But hip hop really didn’t do straight up instrumentals til like—1988/1989 on 12 inches (lots of DUBS, kinda there to assist mc’s in concert spitting verses w vocal guides?) but I’m just saying the weekend Flava came out I NEVER heard a dj play a joint like 7 times in a row (rare times were #RebelWithoutAPause & #IKnowYouGotSoul) but this was different: 1st of all this single slowed the east coast down DRASTICALLY (1987-1993 east coast was HYPED! on 100bpm-115bpm)—-Flavor was the sound of weed. Not the previous panic crack era music. Like 93 bpms—just perfect to kick a Freestyle: sparse in arrangement & foooonky—-it’s weird that the flagship song of such a commercial radio dominated label was one of the grimiest underground joints ever. I was actually in London at the time when dj 279 premiered that joint at a party. He played that instrumental like 20 mins straight and I saw like 9 simultaneous ciphers happening in the club. Man I was jealous of that beat. I know #Juicy wound up the winner in that race but man we cannot forget one of the greatest hip hop single debuts in the culture. That song was the gym routine mc’s brushed their skills on. All due respect to brother Craig Mack w/o him & his cant lose single who knows what empire #BadBoy woulda become. Rest In Peace Boyeeeeee.
#RIP #CraigMack 1971-2018 The man who rapped "Whatcha gonna do When God Comes?" has unfortunately passed away yesterday on March 12, 2018 Several reliable sources have contacted me saying that it is true that #CraigMack passed away yesterday, March 12. I'll tell you what's so disappointing about his passing away... about 3 months ago or so, I finally got ahold of him and we talked on the phone for over an hour. Most of the call was me trying to persuade him to start making music again. He felt like after giving his life to God that maybe he shouldn't rap again. I begged him and explained to him that he had every right to still praise God through his music. I told him that as long as it was genuine and not a blasphemous gimmick, he could still reach souls and spread his message. Finally, he gave in and said "Ok Mo Bee, i'll do it." I sent him 5 or 6 tracks and then I never heard back from him. I made a follow-up call and still no Craig. Maybe he knew he was about to die but just didn't want to tell me. One of the reliable sources I spoke to not long ago tonight told me that he had told somebody "I'm not gonna be here much longer." God rest his soul. Now I'm thinking about the record we recorded together called "When God Comes." He wanted to be ready. That was always on his mind. I pray that today he has finally made it into the Kingdom Of Heaven because that's all that mattered to him. I'm so in denial. Can't believe he's gone. Bless you, my brother. No more suffering. No more pain. The Lord has called you home and finally said well done. EMB