Craig Mack Dead: Bad Boy Records Rapper Dies, Aged 46

Craig Mack

Toney, who produced Mack's 1994 debut album "Project: Funk Da World", said he visited Mack last week at the Overcomer Ministry church in SC to film a documentary about Mack, who left rap music to pursue "a life of deep religious conviction". He had been battling an unspecified illness for some time. In a statement, Toney said, "God bless my friend".

The news was also announced via veteran hip-hop DJs Funkmaster Flex and DJ Scratch on social media.

Following news of his death, a number of his contemporaries have paid tribute online with DJ Scratch writing: "I can not believe this dude is gone".

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Toney visited Mack last week at the Overcomer Ministry church in Walterboro to film a documentary about the retired rapper. "He was a good friend of mine", Toney told the newspaper. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. "Nobody got to understand his story".

Mack is one of talents which Diddy (then Puff Daddy) launched his imprint Bad Boy Records in 1993, the same label that produced The Notorious B.I.G., Ma$e, Total, Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, 112, Black Rob, G Dep, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, and of course Diddy himself. "He wasn't scared. He was ready", said the music producer.

Craig Mack, who's government name was Alvin Toney, was the first artist to release an album under Diddy's Bad Boy Records with Project Funk da World. "Rest In Peace Lil Bro". It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church'. His second album Operation: Get Down failed to live up to the same success and peaked at number 46 in 1997.

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