March 12, 2019, marked the one-year anniversary of Craig Mack‘s death, which Sean “Diddy” Combs acknowledged on Instagram.
Combs signed the New York rapper in the early ’90s and posted a photo of Mack in a red vest, blue California Angels hat and a gold rope chain.
“We love you and miss you Craig. BAD BOY 4 LIFE 🙏🏿🙏🏿,” he wrote on Tuesday.
Mack died of heart failure at age 47 in Walterboro, South Carolina, where he was a member of Overcomer Ministry. Many have referred to that church as a cult, and the minister, Ralph Gordon Stair, was arrested on sexual assault charges in December 2017.
A documentary on Mack’s life is on the way called “When God Comes,” which started shooting right before he died, and it’ll mainly be about his involvement with Stair.
Alvin Toney, Mack’s former music producer and longtime friend, also produced the documentary and said the late rapper wasn’t afraid of death. He also said Mack was taken advantage of by Stair.
“He was ready to die,” Toney said in an interview with the New York Daily News. “If you’re going through a lot of things, and things aren’t going your way, it’s easy for somebody to maneuver your mind. You hear somebody say a certain thing and you think that’s the way to go. I think that’s why Craig fell into that.”
Reportedly, Mack heard Stair on the radio at the same time he was contemplating using a gun on someone who had wronged him in the music business.
Combs’ tribute to Mack drew over 71,000 likes in under 24 hours, and it’s the second time in days he celebrated one of his late artists.
That’s because Saturday, March 9, marked the 22nd anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.‘s death, and Combs posted three tribute photos and called him “The greatest rapper of all time.”
As for Mack, he scored his biggest hit in 1994 with the funky cut “Flava in Ya Ear,” which spawned a popular remix featuring The Notorious B.I.G, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Rhymes’ cousin Rampage.