Saturday, February 2, 2013

Craig Mack

Craig Mack (born on May 10, 1971 in Trenton, New Jersey) was a hip-hop rapper from the '90s.

As a teenager, Craig released his first single under the name "MC EZ" in 1988, but not a lot of success came out of it.

While working as a go-fer for hip-hop group EPMD, he hooked up with Sean "Puffy" Combs who offered him a spot on a remix version of Mary J. Blige's song "You Don't Have To Worry." Impressed with Craig's rapping skills, Puff Daddy signed him to a record deal with his record label, Bad Boy Entertainment.


In July of 1994, Craig released his debut single "Flava in Ya Ear" which became a hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it his only highest appearance on the Hot 100), #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for 28 weeks) and topped Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart. It was also certified Platinum by the RIAA & sold 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

The remix version of "Flava in Ya Ear" featured late rapper The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Rampage & Busta Rhymes. The song was even nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Rap Solo Performance."

On September 20, 1994, Craig released his debut album "Project Funk da World" which peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart.

Although the album received good commercial feedback, it was overshadowed by the huge success of the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album "Ready to Die" (which was also released in September of that same year as well).

The follow-up single from the album "Get Down" peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #17 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks).


The last single released from the album "Making Moves With Puff" failed to make any impact on the charts at all. During the '90s, Craig was featured on remixes by artists such as Veronica, Brownstone, Boyz II Men and Gina Thompson. He was also featured on the Sound of Blackness' song "Spirit."


On June 24, 1997, Craig released his sophomore album "Operation: Get Down" which peaked at #46 on the Billboard 200 and #17 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart. Unlike his debut album, the album didn't generate a lot of success.

The only single from the album to make the charts was "What I Need" which managed to peak at #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). 

After his second album flopped, Craig had left Bad Boy Records and his popularity began fading away.
In 2002, it was announced that he was working on a third album which was supposed to be released in 2007, but apparently, those plans never materialized (although he did release a single in 2006 called "Mack Tonight.") Craig would later leave the music scene for the next few years.

In 2012, a video was leaked on YouTube, saying that Craig had joined a Christian ministry in Walterboro, South Carolina. In November of that same year, Beazylife Distribution released a new Craig Mack mixtape called "Operation Why2K? – Hosted by B-Eazy" through music website, DatPiff.com.

In 2017, Craig released his last album "The Mack World Sessions." The album contains 18 tracks that were recorded between 2000 and 2006.

Sadly on March 12, 2018, Craig Mack died from heart failure at a hospital near his residence in Walterboro, South Carolina. He was 47 years old.

Following his death, rapper Erick Sermon had written on Twitter that he was completing work on Craig Mack's new album. It's currently unknown whether or not the album will be released posthumously.

Rest in Peace, Craig Mack. You will be missed.

To see the music video for "Flava in Ya Ear," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNFqMx0gY7I

To see the music video of the remixed version of "Flava in Ya Ear," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMbELEUfmIA

To see the music video for "Get Down," go to:
https://vimeo.com/155333072

To see the music video for "Making Moves with Puff," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7oqzZQGUa8

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

To see the music video of the remixed version of "What I Need," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NniiEf9JouU




[Updated on 03\13\2018]

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