RIP: CHRIS KELLY from KRIS KROSS Passes On at 34.

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Chris Kelly – half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade’s most memorable songs with the frenetic “Jump” – has died, according to authorities. He was 34.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

“It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,” Cpl Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police, told the Associated Press.

Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy,” and Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac,” were introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair in an Atlanta mall. The duo wore their clothes backwards as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.

Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross dead
Throwback: Kris Kross when they were introduced to the world in their back to front outfits. Every child back in the 90s wanted to be them.

Their first, and by far most successful song, was “Jump.” The hit, off their multi-platinum 1992 debut album Totally Krossed Out, featured the two trading verses and rapping the refrain, the song’s title. The duo had surprising maturity in their rap delivery, though the song was written by Dupri. It would become a No. 1 smash in the U.S. and globally, and one of the most popular of that year.

Their success led to instant fame: They toured with Michael Jackson, appeared on TV shows, and even had their own video game.

In the year of the noughties: A recent picture of Chris (Kris) Kelly.

The group was never able to match the tremendous success of their first song, though they had other hits like “Warm It Up,” and “Tonite’s tha Night.”

Earlier this year, the group performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri’s label, So So Def.

Watch Kris Kross’ JUMP video below.  They would be forever known as one of the defining music groups of the 90s.


May His Soul Rest In Peace.

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