Chris Kelly of former rap group Kris Kross dies

Today,  the music world is mourning the loss of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, 34, of the hip hop duo Kris Kross. Kelly died Wednesday night in an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose, according to Kelly and his rap partner Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith became national rap stars in the early 90s. Kris Kross was known for their rapid rhyming skills and unique clothing style; they made wearing clothes backward their trademark. They were discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri in 1991 and signed to his label So So Def Recordings.

Their 1992 debut album Totally Krossed Out  spawned a number of hit singles, including their most famous song “Jump.” Kris Kross was one of the first major young hip hop groups of the 90s’s (they were only 14 when their first album came out) and set the bar for future hip hop artists like Bow Wow, Romeo, Lil Wayne and so forth.

Along with rappers like Kid”N” Play and De La Soul, Kris Kross brought a  playful, kid friendly nature to hip hop contrary to the gangter rap genre that dominated hip hop during the late 80s and early 90s.

The rap group made their final appearance together at the  So So Def 20th Anniversary concert back in February.

You can watch Kris Kross’ performance at the anniversary concert here.

More information and updates about Kelly can be found at Hip Hop

Here are a few memorable videos from the rap group.


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