February 28, 2017

The Notorious B.I.G. x Craig Mack "B.I.G. Mack" (1994)

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The Notorious B.I.G. x Craig Mack = 'B.I.G. Mack;' the infamous '94 cassette teaser promoted by Bad Boy in advance of Biggie's 'Ready To Die' and Craig Mack's 'Project Funk Da World.' A recent documentary called 'Crazy Like That Glue' tells the story of Craig Mack and the background to his career + the days at Bad Boy. I'd seen early interviews where Biggie declared it was politics that got him on the 'Flava In Ya Ear' remix, but he didn't mess with Craig Mack. It's also clear that Craig Mack and Puffy weren't on the same page - the hit-driven records were Puffy's design, but Craig Mack didn't want to be marketed. How'd he not love Easy Moe Bee's beat on 'Flava In Ya Ear'? Creative differences will damage even the strongest relationships, it is what it is, but a strictly business relationship? Forget it. The documentary paints Craig Mack as arrogant and difficult to work with at times, to the point where most of the people in his inner circle are on the outs, and one of the reasons there was never a follow-up record on Bad Boy. I'm not sure if that's entirely accurate, either, so don't take it as gospel; just one side of a bigger, more complicated story.

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