Today in Hip Hop History: September 20, 1994
Bad Boy Entertainment rapper Craig Mack released his debut studio album, Project Funk Da World, in 1994 resulting in the second release from Puff Daddy‘s newly conceived record label. The album succeeded Notorious B.I.G.‘s classic Ready To Die by a week. Project Funk Da World was produced by Puff, Craig, Easy Mo Bee, Rashad Smith and Lenny “Ace” Marrow. Its sole feature was Puff Daddy.
Project Funk Da World was pushed by the success of its lead single, “Flava In Ya Ear,” which reached RIAA Platinum Status. They soon released a remix to the hit single which was not included on the album. The second single, “Get Down,” reached Gold status in April of the following year. The album itself became RIAA Certified Gold for its sales. It peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. Unfortunately, due to the success of Ready To Die, this album is often overlooked. Craig Mack soon disappeared in mainstream hip hop despite such moderate success.
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