The hip-hop community woke up today (March 13) to the devastating news that veteran lyricist Craig Mack has passed away at the age of 46.
As fans can fondly recall, the rapper's 1994 breakout single "Flava in Your Ear" catapulted Bad Boy Records to the forefront of culture as history-making pioneers, with the Grammy-nominated track helping blaze a trail for a family of people that have each become legends in their own right.
Artists from the Bad Boy family, including the label's founder, Sean "Diddy" Combs have begun processing the tragic news and sharing reflections on social media.
Industry heavyweights, including those who were fortunate to develop a lifelong friendship with Mack such as Questlove, Erick Sermon, Redman, DJ Scratch and DJ Premier, have begun expressing their shock upon learning that the luminary has passed, penning heartfelt messages on Instagram that showcase how he had a tremendous impact on their lives and careers alike.
While a handful of key players from the Bad Boy dynasty have kept their thoughts private while experiencing the early stages of grief, others have publicly shared heartfelt memories, throwback photos and words honoring the late MC online.
As the hip-hop community begins to celebrate the life and legacy of Craig Mack, one powerful force has become undeniable: it's Bad Boy For Life.
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