Monday, August 15, 2022

Craig Mack Joined a ‘Cult’ to Fight Urge to Kill: ‘I Had A Gun In My Lap’

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*Late rapper Craig Mack once revealed that he joined a cult-like church in order to fight impulses to commit bloody murder.

Mack, a Grammy Award-nominated rapper who died earlier this month at the age of 46 of heart failure, quit the business to follow preacher Ralph Gordon of the Overcomer Ministry, a South Carolina religious group accused of being a cult, the Daily News reported.

In an interview Mack did with friend and former producer Alvin Toney, just weeks before his death on March 12, the “Flava In Ya Ear” rapper said he was close to killing somebody in 2011, according to a Fox News report.

“I had a gun in my lap and I’m sitting there talking to God, saying like, ‘I don’t want to do this, but if it comes to getting ugly with somebody going to try to kill me, I’m going to have to do something first to prevent that,’” Mack said.

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Craig Mack (Getty Images)
Craig Mack (Getty Images)

He said he discovered Stair, who considers himself a prophet of God, while searching for his favorite station on the radio during an emotional breakdown.

“I knew that it was God talking to me because of the way it made me feel emotionally,” Mack said. “I broke down crying all over the place in the car: ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry I was thinking about trying to do this to somebody.’”

“It was really in my heart to kill him. I was going to do it,” he continued.
Mack said he called Stair and moved to Walterboro, S.C., to be near the religious group. He urged Toney to join him last year.

Mack was afraid that if he stayed in New York he would end up having a tragic ending like rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

“If I would have stayed, then I’d be dead, too,” Mack told Toney in the interview. Toney did not name the person Mack intended to kill.

A 2012 video features the rapper denouncing the “wickedness” of his former fame at the church.


“Craig Mack is dead!” Stair is heard saying. “We have somebody that used to be Craig Mack, and he didn’t join anything! God joined him!”

Toney’s friend and business partner Vincent Digregorio said he was “blind to Mack’s misplaced devotion in Walterboro.”

“I think that Alvin was trying to believe it wasn’t a cult,” Digregorio said. “But yeah, it was a cult. As much as he didn’t want to believe that his friend was down there and in a cult.”

Stair has a shady criminal background, as he was arrested in December on sexual conduct charges and burglary.

Craig Mack’s friends recall him saying, “I will forgive him because we forgave the people that killed Jesus.”

Toney said he hopes Mack’s interviews, which are being made into a documentary, will show “what a cult is.”

“I want everybody to understand what a cult is, what a real church is and what hip-hop music is,” he said.

Meanwhile, according DJ Scratch, he was the only celebrity at Craig’s Mack funeral because the religious cult would not allow his friends and colleagues to attend.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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