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"Flava in Ya Ear" is a single by American rapper Craig Mack. The original club mix single was released on 12" vinyl in July 1994[1] on the Bad Boy Entertainment record label, packaged with a series of additional remixes. According to the song's producer Easy Mo Bee, the track was originally intended for Apache, who was unable to record the song due to being on tour with the group Naughty by Nature at the time, and was not sure of future recordings at the time. As a result, Mo Bee gave the instrumental to Craig Mack after Bad Boy Records' founder Sean Combs gave him a substantial amount of money for the instrumental.[2]

"Flava in Ya Ear"
Flavainyaear.jpg
Single by Craig Mack
from the album Project Funk da World
ReleasedJuly 26, 1994
FormatCD
Recorded1994
StudioThe Hit Factory (New York City, New York)
Genre
Length3:38
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Easy Mo Bee
Craig Mack singles chronology
"You Don't Have to Worry"
(1993)
"Flava in Ya Ear"
(1994)
"Get Down"
(1994)
Music video
"Flava in Ya Ear" on YouTube
"Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)" on YouTube

The remix of the song features performances by The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Rampage and Busta Rhymes. It also contains Puff Daddy as a promoter and brief appearances by Keisha Spivey. The video features guest appearances by Das EFX, Mic Geronimo, Irv Gotti and Funkmaster Flex, although none perform on the song. The music video was directed by Craig Henry. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 37th Grammy Awards in 1995, losing to "U.N.I.T.Y." by Queen Latifah.

The song appeared on Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits album. The single itself peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] It was certified Platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States.[1][4] The remix version of the song appears in the video game Dance Central for the Xbox 360. In addition, the record can be heard in films such as the biographical drama Notorious, the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton, The Wackness and Morris from America.

"Flava in Ya Ear" contains a sample of "We've Only Just Begun" by O'Donel Levy,[5] and was sampled in the Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule single, "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)," as well as the song "Don't Leave Me" from the Backstreet Boys.

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Chart positionsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1994) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 81

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "American certifications – Mack, Craig – Flava in Ya Ear". Recording Industry Association of America.
  2. ^ Scott, Dana. "Easy Mo Bee Traces Ice Cube & Big Daddy Kane's Influence On Biggie's "Ready To Die"". hiphopdx.com. Cheri Media. Retrieved 2015-02-10.
  3. ^ "Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Craig Mack". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
  4. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1994". Billboard. BPI Communications. 107 (3): 57. January 21, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.whosampled.com/sample/390443/Craig-Mack-Flava-in-Ya-Ear-O%27Donel-Levy-We%27ve-Only-Just-Begun/
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27.

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