New York rap mogul Diddy is going through some serious emotions right now. The music icon has penned an open message about the sudden death of protégé Craig Mack.

Puff Daddy went to Instagram Tuesday (March 13) to reflect on Mack’s life and belief in him.

Over the past few hours, hip-hop and former Bad Boy artists have remembered Craig.


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According to Mack’s producer, he died Monday (March 12) at a South Carolina hospital.

Craig Mack, the Long Island rapper who found fame on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records in the mid-1990s, has died at age 46, his producer confirmed to the Daily News. Mack — who launched to hip-hop acclaim with the platinum hit “Flava in Ya Ear” in 1994 before being overshadowed by fellow artists such as the Notorious B.I.G. — died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday. (New York Daily News)

Prior to leaving the music industry for religion, Mack made a name for himself in the 90’s.

The Long Island, N.Y, native at one time was part of Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment, which released his first album, Project: Funk da World, anchored by Flava in Ya Ear, which was nominated for a Grammy. His follow-up single, Get Down went gold. After Mack left Diddy, he released a second album, Operation: Get Down in 1997 but left the music industry and devoted his life to religion. (USA Today)