Saved & Favored
When Craig Mack — the artist who gave hip-hop “Flava In Ya Ear” — died earlier this month, artists across several sub-genres of hip-hop came forward to offer their condolences. Though the rap veteran had long bowed out of the spotlight, his death left behind a hole.
The community Mack had played such a vital role in was given no reason the rapper choose a life away from fame… until now. Recent reports offer insight as to why the artist choose a life in the church over a life among the stars.
Conversations With the Most High
Fans and speculators alike are saying that fame was effecting Mack for the worst, which possibly lead him to stray away. According to a video obtained by NY Daily News, this theory may be right.
The clip suggests that the Long Island rapper, who was signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy label in the ’90s, was preparing himself to commit murder. The interview, filmed merely weeks before Mack’s death, reveals that the rapper “broke down crying” during a conversation with God.
“I had a gun in my lap and I’m sitting there talking to God, saying like, ‘I don’t want to do this, but if it comes to getting ugly with somebody going to try to kill me, I’m going to have to do something first to prevent that,’” Mack said in the interview.
“I knew that it was God talking to me because of the way it made me feel emotionally,” he continued. “I broke down crying all over the place in the car: ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry I was thinking about trying to do this to somebody.’”
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“It was really in my heart to kill him. I was going to do it,” Mack said. The Project: Funk Da World artist went on to reveal that this experience is what lead him to the Overcomer Ministry in Walterboro.
Though the rapper had made a life he seemingly loved with likeminded people, when this eerie photo of the rapper started circulating the internet, fans got worried.
Alvin Toney — who produced Mack’s debut album and was in the midst of filming a documentary about him — is reportedly the only one who knows who Mack had so much anger towards. Toney did not say who the rapper’s eerie comments were about though. The producer did, however, reveal that it stemmed from “emotional things,” leading many to assumed the statements revolved around P. Diddy.
Last Days on Earth
Toney is also one of the last people to see Mack before his death from heart failure. He reportedly visited Mack at Walterboro’s Overcomer Ministry church, learning more about his decision to choose “righteousness,” as Mack put it, over a life of fame.
According to Toney, the former MC — who reportedly started writing raps at age 12 — knew that his time on Earth was coming to an end. “He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”
Toney went on to say that the rapper left his two adult children and his wife behind.
“Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney continued. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”
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