Just a few days ago (March 9th) marked the anniversary of the shooting death of Biggie Smalls, and it now seems that Bad Boy Records has lost another one of it’s alumni. Rapper Craig Mack passed away from heart failure at the age of 46 early this morning in Walterboro, South Carolina. Mack, alongside fellow NY rapper Biggie Smalls, was the protege of P Diddy and his Bad Boy record label in the 90’s. His hit single “Flava In Ya Ear” was nominated for a Grammy Award, and a remixed version of the song introduced the world to fellow Bad Boy Records rapper Biggie Smalls. Had it not been for the breakout success of Biggie’s debut album Ready to Die, Craig Mack likely would have been the central rapping figure and focus of Bad Boy. Sucks to see a talented guy die seemingly forgotten to the world, especially when it was his own song that got used against him to launch the careers of the other rappers around him. His debut album Project: Funk da World is a slept on classic, and I know that I’ll be giving it a listen or two today. Rest in peace Craig Mack, and I hope you enjoy smoking some afterlife blunts with Biggie today and forever.