UPDATED 8:03 p.m. ET: DJ Scratch has shared more details about Craig Mack's memorial service and why there was a lack of celebrity attendees.
On Thursday night, the DJ shared another Instagram post in which he described a recent conversation he had with Diddy shortly after the service ended. It turns out, Diddy had no idea that the event had taken place.
"I told him I just left the service, he said 'They buried Craig already, what service are you talking about?!?'," Scratch wrote. "He didn’t know about the memorial service."
Scratch went on to say that Diddy offered to pay for Craig's funeral expenses; however, the "religious community" Craig belonged to wouldn't allow it. In fact, Scratch claims none of Craig's friends or colleagues were allowed to attend the funeral service; though, he did not explain why.
"Diddy respected their wishes," he wrote. "Craig was immediately buried on the property where he lived."
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In an Instagram note Wednesday evening, Scratch said the service—officiated by Dr. William A. Watson and Rev. Joe L. Brown—marked the first time he's been "the only famous person to show up" at such an event. "Very weird day today, but what puts a smile on my face is that Lil Bro was at peace way before he passed away," Scratch said. "That's what matters most to me."
In a separate post, Scratch gave a shout-out to the organizer of Mack's New York memorial, Alvin Toney:
As Scratch notes, Toney—who produced Project: Funk Da World—was working on a documentary prior to Mack's death earlier this month. "Nobody got to understand his story," Toney, who had spoken with Mack one week prior to his death, told the New York Daily News. "I wanted the world to know the talent he had."
Mack died March 12 at the age of 47 after suffering heart failure at a hospital near Walterboro, South Carolina. His influence is inarguable, particularly in the early days of Diddy's Bad Boy Records. In an Instagram post the day after Mack’s death, Diddy credited Mack as "the first artist" to drop music via the label. "You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world," he added. "You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy."