Craig Mack Dead: 'Flava in Ya Ear' Rapper Dies at 46

Former Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack dead at 46

Graig, the Long Island rapper, who was hailed as the starting foundation of Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment, died at age 46.

"My style is a style that ain't a style, so I can go buck wild", Mack said in a "Rap City" interview in 1994, when his debut album "Project: Funk da World" was released. Mack's cause of death has been confirmed as heart failure and reportedly he passed away in a hospital near his SC home on Monday.

Mack went on to release his second and final studio album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997. In a 2012 video, Mack said he used to do "wickedness" and now engages in "righteousness". I can not believe this dude is gone. "Maybe he knew he was about to die but just didn't want to tell me", Mo Bee says.

The hip-hop community is in low spirits as rap artiste Craig Mack has reportedly passed away.

Best known for his nineties hit Flava In Ya Ear, his success helped pave the way for rappers such as The Notorious B.I.G.

According to the Daily News, Diddy said at the time that he considered Biggie and Mack to be the marquee acts on his label, but Mack left Bad Boy in 1995. After news of his passing broke in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, many of Mack's contemporaries are fondly remembering the former Bad Boy rapper via social media. Craig Mack would never make a third album afterwards.

Mack's cause of death has not been confirmed by the Overcomer ministry despite the reports stating that it was heart failure. "He had two flawless singles and the platonic rap remix", he tweeted.

"I just got a disturbing phone call". Because Craig was my [roadie] on tour. Craig's booming voice and unorthodox style, combined with producer Easy Mo Bee's futuristic Funk, were truly a brand new sound for a time in which Hip-Hop was undergoing a profound shift. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour.