11:19 AM PT — Diddy just released a statement on Mack’s passing, saying, “Craig Mack, you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit. You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world.
You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. You inspired me, and I will continue to try to keep inspiring others. We will always love you.” #badboy4life #ripcraigmack
Craig Mack, the ’90s rap star who helped put Diddy‘s Bad Boy Records on the map, died at his home in South Carolina of natural causes … TMZ has learned.
The “Flava in Ya Ear” rapper was living in Walterboro, SC, where he’d joined a church and committed himself to his religion. His former producer, Alvin Toney, told the Daily News he’d seen him for the last time last week while filming a documentary on Craig’s new life.