Craig Mack Kicked 10 Minutes Of Freestyle Flavor In This Just Released 2000 Video
By Y2K, Craig Mack appeared to be an illustrious MC who was on his way out of the game. Once one of the breakout acts of Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records, Mack would drop his gold-certified Project: Funk Da World in 1994 and then mysteriously leave the label, and the limelight. In ’97, the former EPMD/Hit Squad affiliate (known then as MC EZ) dropped Operation: Get Down which was executive produced by Eric B., and featured work by late Tupac hit-maker Johnny J. Released independently, the LP was Mack’s last full-length—and apparently a quiet exit.
However, as Heads saw this May in some church footage of Craig rapping, the Long Island, New Yorker never truly left Hip-Hop behind. He just does it on is terms—and has since the ’90s. Today, Tim Westwood released 16 year-old footage of Craig Mack and Tim crowded tightly in Marley Marl’s legendary “House Of Hits” Studio. With the Juice Crew co-founder on the wheels of steel, Craig M-A-C-K lets off to fresh 1999 and 2000 instrumentals by M.O.P., Mobb Deep, and Dr. Dre. Marley talks his talk in between the nonstop rhymes too. However, Mack’s versatile voice and animated delivery shines here—along with some off the top bars.
This is the same studio where Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Kool G Rap and others made classics.
#BonusBeat: Some classic 12″ vinyl-era Craig Mack: “Get Retarded” (by MC EZ & Troup)
Notably, Craig used his government on this record for the production credit.