Craig Mack, one of the artists who laid the foundation for Bad Boy Records, has died. He was 46.
His cause of death has not been released, but he had been ill for some time.
His death comes days after fans celebrated the 21st anniversary of the death of his label mate Christopher Wallace, popularly known as Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.) who was gunned down in a still-unsolved murder on March 9, 1997 in Los Angeles.
Mack’s 1994 song “Flava in Ya Ear” was the first single off of Sean Comb’s Bad Boy label and the subsequent remix featuring artists including The Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J became one of the defining songs of 1990s hip hop.