Craig Mack
Craig Mack is an American
United States
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Grammy Award
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 nominated rapper, who gained fame on Puff Daddy
Sean Combs
Sean John Combs , also known by his stage names Diddy and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and his clothing line earned a Council of Fashion Designers of America award. He was originally...

's Bad Boy Entertainment record label
Record label
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 in the 1990s. Although his first single
Single (music)
In music, a single or record single is a type of release, typically a recording of fewer tracks than an LP or a CD. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, the single is a song that is released separately from an album, but it can still appear...

 was released under the name MC EZ in 1988, he is best known for his 1994 hit single
Hit single
A hit single is a recorded song or instrumental released as a single that has become very popular. Although it is sometimes used to describe any widely-played or big-selling song, the term "hit" is usually reserved for a single that has appeared in an official music chart through repeated radio...

 "Flava In Ya Ear
Flava in Ya Ear
"Flava in Ya Ear" is a single by Craig Mack. The original single was released first and the remix was followed soon after. It featured performances by labelmate The Notorious B.I.G. , Rampage, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes. It also contains Puff Daddy as a promoter and brief appearances by Keisha Epps...

", which was released under his real name. The remix
A remix is an alternative version of a recorded song, made from an original version. This term is also used for any alterations of media other than song ....

 of the single was the breakout appearance of The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher George Latore Wallace , best known as The Notorious B.I.G., was an American rapper. He was also known as Biggie Smalls , Big Poppa, and The Black Frank White .Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough...

, as well as one of the first solo appearances by Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes
Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes ,Smith is an American rapper, producer and actor. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the alias Busta Rhymes after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes...

. The success of The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album Ready To Die
Ready to Die
Ready to Die is the debut album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Bad Boy Records. The first release on the label, it features production by record producer and Bad Boy founder Sean "Puffy" Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier, and Lord Finesse,...

overshadowed Mack's early success on the Bad Boy label.

Although Puff Daddy mentioned in a 1994 interview on MTV
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's Yo! MTV Raps that he was working with Mack on his second album, which was to be released sometime in January the following year, this proved to not be the case. Present at that interview (which also included The Notorious B.I.G.), Mack himself appeared puzzled by the statement. As of September 1, 2008, he was no longer on Stereo Nasty Records.

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Music recording sales certification
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(sales threshold)
Billboard 200
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Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
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Project: Funk da World
Project Funk da World
Project: Funk Da World is the debut album by rapper Craig Mack, released September 20, 1994. The album was the second release on Bad Boy Records, following The Notorious B.I.G.'s classic Ready to Die by one week. Propelled by the success of the Platinum-selling smash hit single "Flava In Ya Ear",...

  • Release date: September 20, 1994
  • Label: Bad Boy Records
    Bad Boy Records
    Bad Boy Records is a record label founded in 1993 by producer/rapper/entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs. Today it operates as a subsidiary of Warner Music Group, and is distributed by Atlantic Records.-Beginnings:...

  • Formats: CD
    Compact Disc
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    , cassette
    Compact Cassette
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21 6
  • US
    Recording Industry Association of America
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    : Gold
  • Operation: Get Down
    Operation: Get Down
    Operation: Get Down is the second album by rapper Craig Mack, released in June 1997, nearly three years after his successful debut :Project: Funk Da World. After his split from Bad Boy Records, Mack's popularity quickly went downhill; Operation failed to reach Gold status, and also failed to...

  • Release date: June 24, 1997
  • Label: Street Life Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
  • 46 17


    Year Single Peak chart positions Album
    Billboard Hot 100
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    US R&B
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
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    US Rap
    Hot Rap Tracks
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    UK Singles Chart
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    1994 "Flava In Ya Ear
    Flava in Ya Ear
    "Flava in Ya Ear" is a single by Craig Mack. The original single was released first and the remix was followed soon after. It featured performances by labelmate The Notorious B.I.G. , Rampage, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes. It also contains Puff Daddy as a promoter and brief appearances by Keisha Epps...

    9 4 1 57 Project: Funk Da World
    "Get Down
    Get Down (Craig Mack song)
    "Get Down" was the second single released from Craig Mack's debut album, Project: Funk da World.-Background:"Get Down" was released as the follow-up to his platinum-selling single "Flava in Ya Ear", which peaked at 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. While it did not match the success of "Flava in Ya Ear",...

    38 17 2 54
    1997 "What I Need" 55 16 Operation: Get Down
    1998 "Style"
    "—" denotes releases that did not chart
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