Earlier this month, hip-hop artists and other celebrities came out in droves to acknowledge Craig Mack, the first Bad Boy Records star. Many shared stories about his often overshadowed legacy and the importance of Black men taking care of themselves; Mack became yet another hip-hop artist to die before the age of 50.
Although it might have been assumed that many would show up to pay their respects to the late Queens native at his memorial service–Erik Sermon of EPMD even shared the location and time publicly on his Instagram account– according to producer DJ Scratch, there were a lack of famous faces at the event.
In a post he shared after the service that contained the program, Scratch wrote, “I’ve never been to a service for someone famous & I was the only famous person to show up. Very weird day today, but what puts a smile on my face is that Lil Bro was at peace way before he passed away. That’s what matters most to me.”
The lack of celebrities could have been because of Mack’s estranging himself from the hip-hop industry and aligning himself with religion down in South Carolina. DJ Scratch, however, is one of few who despite distance or industry connections stayed close to Craig until his passing.