Former Dangerous Boy rapper Craig Mack died of coronary heart failure on Monday (Mar. 12) at a hospital close to his dwelling in Walterboro, S.C. and now followers are questioning whether or not the spiritual cult he was part of that allegedly bans medical care had one thing to do with it.
Mack discovered fame on Diddy’s Dangerous Boy label within the mid-1990’s and gave the label its first hit along with his single “Flava In Ya Ear.” His first album, Challenge: Funk Da World, went on to go gold, nevertheless, his early success with Dangerous Boy was overshadowed when the Infamous B.I.G. joined the label’s roster and dropped his debut album Able to Die.
Mack ended up splitting with Dangerous Boy after his first album and launched his second album Operation: Get Down in 1997. The album, nevertheless, failed to supply successful single and his profession went downhill from there. Mack disappeared from the Hip Hop world for practically a decade following the failed album and wasn’t seen till he made a random look in Diddy’s music video for his 2002 single “I Want a Woman (Half One).”
In 2016, the rapper resurfaced in a Youtube video giving an affidavit at a church in Walterboro, S.C. Within the video titled “Craig Mack Testimony,” Mack raps about dwelling a lifetime of sin earlier than devoting his life to the Lord at Overcomer Ministry. He additionally rapped about shifting his household from New York to South Carolina in order that he may very well be a full-time member of the church.
The church’s chief Ralph Gordon Stair (a.ok.a. R.G. Stair) preached after Craig’s rap about him being discovered by God.
“Craig Mack didn’t discover the Lord. He wasn’t even searching for him,” Stair stated within the video. “He discovered what he was searching for: fame, girls, cash, pleasure. He discovered all of it and when he discovered it, he discovered he was misplaced. He discovered he was misplaced as a result of the Lord discovered him. The Lord discovered Craig Mack. Craig Mack didn’t discover the Lord. The Lord discovered him.”
In one other video, Stair is seen asking Mack “What did you do while you was on the planet?”
Mack responds, “Wickedness.”
Stair says, “And what are you doing now?”
“Righteousness!” Mack fires again earlier than waving his fingers and leaping up and down.
Stair additionally refers to Mack as a “boy” within the video and tells him he’s not a slave and now a servant of the Lord.
Lots of Craig’s followers discovered the video to be stunning and disturbing, to say the least, but it surely wasn’t till his dying on Monday that studies got here out claiming that the ministry could also be chargeable for Craig’s dying.
Overcomer Ministry is claimed to be a non secular cult that requires its members to reside on the church’s land and to offer all their “worldly items and monies to the Lord.” The members are additionally prevented by Stair from in search of medical consideration by docs.
Pastor R.G. Stair’s spouse Teresa stated in a 2002 interview, “Medical docs—it’s nearly like a—they name it a follow. They follow in your physique, a medical follow. We consider the Bible that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and he acquired stripes on His again for our therapeutic. We consider that. We consider he’s our healer. The Bible talks about items of therapeutic. We don’t assume medical docs are included in these items of therapeutic.” She added, “If medical docs healed everyone, no one could be dying within the hospitals.”
A brochure for the church reads, “We reside in neighborhood houses of cell trailers for every household or lodging for brothers or sisters with widespread baths and customary consuming, all in search of to reside collectively in love for God and one another. We go nowhere, no buying or journeys to see what have you ever. Your life will probably be right here on the farm till Jesus comes.”
All of this will have performed a job in Mack’s dying, and in keeping with considered one of his shut pals, Alvin Toney, he was very sick across the time of his dying.
You may see how frail and sickly Mack regarded in his final photograph beneath (through Media Take Out):
“He was ready for no matter comes, to go dwelling to the Lord,” Toney stated. “He was ready to try this. He wasn’t scared. He was prepared.”
Toney additionally stated that Mack was capturing a documentary weeks earlier than he died about his determination to surrender fame for his faith.
There are different rumors that Mack might have been killed as a result of he was imagined to testify in opposition to Stair in his legal case. Stair was arrested in December of 2017 and hit with fees of assault with intent to commit first-degree legal sexual conduct, third-degree legal sexual conduct with a minor, kidnapping, first-degree housebreaking, second-degree housebreaking and three counts of legal sexual conduct. Stair’s bond was set at $750,000 in his first court docket look final month.
Stair’s arrest got here after he posted a video of him inappropriately groping a 12-year-old woman’s breast throughout a worship service. “I’m gonna contact them issues until no one else can contact them,” he stated within the video.
In one other video on YouTube, a 16-year-old woman accuses Stair of molesting her over the course of 5 months, The Submit and Courier studies.
In 2002, he was arrested on two counts of second-degree legal sexual conduct after two girls alleged he raped them on quite a few events. He pleaded responsible to 2 lesser counts of misdemeanor assault and battery and was sentenced to time served.
Mack’s dying might have been merely from dangerous well being, however his affiliation with the Overcomer Ministry doesn’t cease us from questioning if that they had any involvement.