On March 12, 2018, New York rapper Craig Mack passed away near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina. He had apparently been suffering from congested heart failure. According to his friend and fellow rapper Eric Sermon, had developed shortness of breath as early as six months before his death, and that he had contacted his close friends in order to bid farewell to them.
Craig Mack was perhaps best known for his hit single, “Flava In Ya Ear”, released back in 1994. The track appeared on his album Project: Funk da World and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Although he only had three studio albums, Mack was able to make enough of an impact in hip-hop for him to be widely mourned by fans and fellow artists alike.
Even though his death was widely publicized, DJ Scratch made an Instagram post yesterday that commented on a detail of Craig Mack’s memorial service that may come as a surprise to many. The post featured a picture of a flyer for Mack’s memorial service, and included the following caption:
I’ve never been to a service for someone famous & I was the only famous person to show up. Very weird day today, but what puts a smile on my face is that Lil Bro was at peace way before he passed away. That’s what matters most to me. 🙏🏾 Craig Mack.
Interestingly enough, this post was published in the wake of multiple other celebrities weighing in on the death of Craig Mack. Perhaps the most famous celebrity to speak on his death was P. Diddy. Diddy heaped praise on the late rapper over social media after his death, noting that he was one of the first artists to release music on Bad Boy Records. Here’s one of his Instagram posts:
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 will continue to inspire us. We will always love you. #badboy4life #ripcraigmack
In another post made by Diddy, he makes additional comments of the same nature. In what many believe to be a response to Diddy, Master P weighed in with his own take on the public’s reaction to Craig Mack’s death that could nearly be seen as a critique of Diddy’s actions:
“Three months ago, nobody wasn’t talking about Craig Mack… My condolences go out to his family, but I feel like if you ain’t real and you ain’t giving nobody flowers while they’re alive, then that means you fake. I ask God if anything ever happen to me, all these fake friends, all these people that say they got you or whatever… Just let me get up and slap ‘em. That’s what I want to do; I ain’t playing with all these fakers… It’s sad, dog.”
Here’s a video of those two clips:
At the end of the day, the statements of both Diddy and Master P are valid. Even though people should be celebrated and shown love while they’re still around, it’s by no means a bad thing to commemorate the legacy of an individual after their death. Even though DJ Scratch was the only celebrity at his funeral, Mack and his work are undoubtedly immortalized in the history of hip-hop.