American rapper Craig Mack, known for the 1994 top 10 hit "Flava in Ya Ear,” died of heart failure at his South Carolina home on Monday. He was 46.
Mack was the first break out star for Bad Boy Records, P. Diddy's New York-based label, but struggled to replicate his initial success, and eventually became a minister in South Carolina. Though religion kept him from returning to the stage, earlier this year rapper Erick Sermon recruited the hip-hop veteran for the first single off his upcoming album.
In a 1995 New York Times profile of Mack, Diddy said of his young protege, "Craig is hip-hop's George Clinton, because his stuff is really off the wall. He does what's from his heart, which is where it starts for him. But his energy comes from somewhere else."
Take a look back at the 90s hip-hop legend's life in the spotlight.