When it comes to rap, Bad Boy Records is a name that will be among the first to be mentioned when discussing the most legendary and influential brands of the 90s. Asserting itself as a formidable powerhouse with the release of the debut album by Notorious BIG, “Ready to Die,” the house Puff built would produce a number of illustrious deeds, engraving their logo in stone as the ’90s crew. But one name that is often overlooked, if not mentioned, is Craig Mack.
Known in most circles as a one-shot wonder and this guy in G Dep’s “Special Delivery Remix” video, at one time was Bad Boy’s number two prospect and featured as the artist who along with Biggie , would bring the label to prominence and usher in the Bad Boy era. Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned.
As Big became one of rap’s biggest stars overnight, Craig Mack was pushed into the background. His debut album, “Project: Funk Da World”, released on September 20, 1994, earned him a gold plaque for his efforts, but the critical and commercial success of “Ready to Die” completely overshadowed the album and by the The moment Biggie died, he passed out in the dark and was almost forgotten.
Given that today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of this footnote in hip-hop history, we’re dusting off this relic as to whether the album achieved a raw chord and holds up to the test of time.