As previously reported, Craig Mack died Monday (March 12) at age 46 of heart failure in South Carolina. The rapper made Billboard chart inroads in the 1990s as a breakout star on Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment label, specifically thanks to the smash hit “Flava in Ya Ear.”
“Ear,” released in 1994, spent a then-record 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart from Sept. 10 through Dec. 17 that year. Though it’s since lost that longevity record, “Ear” remains one of just 13 leaders on Hot Rap Songs to last at least 14 weeks in the penthouse.