Saturday, February 2, 2013

Craig Mack

Craig Mack (born on May 10, 1971 in Trenton, New Jersey) is a former male rapper from the 90s who was known for being signed to Puff Daddy's record label, Bad Boy Entertainment.

While living in Brentwood, Long Island, New York, Craig cut his first single as a teenager, but nothing came of it. He was working as a go-fer for rap group EPMD when he met Sean "Puffy" Combs.

Puffy offered Craig a spot on a Mary J. Blige remix in 1992 and he later offered Craig a record deal on his Bad Boy Entertainment label.
In July of 1994, Craig released the single, "Flava In Ya Ear" which became a hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 (staying on the chart for 25 weeks), topped Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #24 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart, #6 on Billboard's Hot Singles Recurrents chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 28 weeks).

The remix version featured late rapper, The Notorious B.I.G. (who were labelmates at the time) & rappers Busta Rhymes, Rampage, and L.L. Cool J.
In September of that same year, Craig released his debut album "Project Funk da World" which peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The follow-up single, "Get Down" peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 (staying on the chart for 20 weeks), #2 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #15 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart, and #17 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

Even though Craig's debut album was moderately successful and acclaimed at the time, it was overshadowed by the success of the Notorious B.I.G.'s hit album "Ready to Die." Craig quickly lost his public image & later split from Bad Boy Records.
Three years later in 1997, Craig released his last album, "Operation: Get Down" on Street Life Records, which peaked at #46 on the Billboard 200 and #17 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart from the album was "What I Need" which peaked at #103 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #16 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #55 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 13 weeks).

The album was unsuccessful and Craig disappeared from the hip-hop music scene for nearly a decade with the exception of a few guest spots & soundtrack appearances.

These days, Craig is retired from the music business and resides in Walterboro, South Carolina.

To see the music video for "Flava in Ya Ear," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVOrUjxsVIU

To see the music video for the remix version of "Flava in Ya Ear," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff-t_UzGXiM

To see a fan-made video for "Get Down," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzRVf6DjiN0

To see the music video for "What I Need," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKShV0dpNR8

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