Hip-hop heads all know how big “Flava in Ya Ear” was back in the day, but did you know that Puff Daddy had to force Craig Mack into making the song?
In an interview with Complex on the making of “Flava in Ya Ear,” Poke and Tone of production duo Trackmasters revealed that upon hearing the Easy Mo Bee-produced beat in the Hit Factory, Craig Mack had no idea how to rhyme over it.
Craig Mack is like, ‘This Mickey Mouse beat man…I don’t know what the fuck I’ma do on this.”
Knowing how hot the song would be, Puff Daddy was right there to convince (and drag) Craig Mack into making the song.
Puff basically had to drag him in the booth kicking and screaming to get on the beat. Craig didn’t see it. But [in the end] he did it and it did what it did.
“Flava in Ya Ear” ended up being a smash hit during the summer of ’94, peaking at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks.
Check out the video for the remix version featuring Biggie, Rampage, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes below: