He visited the former emcee at the Overcomer Ministry church he attends in Walterboro to film a documentary regarding Mack, and his decision to pass on fame for a life of profound religious conviction. "Nobody must know that his narrative," Toney said. "I needed the entire world to be aware of the talent. This had been something I wanted visitors to love, however, it had been cut short because he was very religious and wished to go to church"

Mack -- who initially started to hip-hop acclaim with the platinum hit "Flava in Ya Ear" in 1994 before being overshadowed by fellow performers like the Notorious B.I.G. -- died of heart failure at a hospital near his Walterboro, S.C., home Monday.

Tony said Mack told him throughout his visit he was ill for some time and knew he wouldn't live long. "God bless my companion. He had been a fantastic friend of mine," said Alvin Toney, who produced Mack's debut record "Project: Funk Da World" and his "Eliminate Remix." Toney watched his beloved friend your final time last week.

“He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” Toney said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”

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