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CHRIS KELLY OF 90’s RAP DUO Kris Kross Has DIED at Age 34

CHRIS KELLY OF 90’s RAP DUO Kris Kross Has DIED at Age 34

by May 2, 2013 2 comments


Miss Mo Knows: We are saddened by the news that Chris Kelly of the 90’s group Kris Kross has passed away.

The story is still developing as of the cause of death. Mr. Kelly died in Atlanta around 5PM, May 1st.

From The YWMV family RIP Super Star! Our prayers go out to Mr. Kelly’s family, friends and fans.

According to Atlanta’s News Channel 5


ATLANTA (AP) – 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 the 34-year-old Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly’s cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.

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.

Their first, and by far most successful song, was “Jump.” The hit, off their multiplatinum 1992 debut album “Totally Krossed Out,” featured the two trading versus 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 United States 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.

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.

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  1. Miss Mo
    #1 Miss Mo 2 May, 2013, 05:01

    This is very sad news. We lose our young artists too soon 🙁

  2. Ramon Page
    #2 Ramon Page 2 May, 2013, 05:21

    Sad to hear, especially after we just seen him attending the SoSo Def 20 year anniversery

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