Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s teen rap duo Kriss Kross, died Wednesday of a suspected drug overdose. He was 34.
Kelly, who was known as “Mac Daddy,” performed alongside Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac.”
Kriss Kross was introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair at Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta, according to the Associated Press.
The duo wore their clothes backward 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 verses and rapping the refrain, the song’s title. It would become a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally, and one of the most popular of that year. In my mind, it will be forever linked to my high school years.
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 duo performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri’s label, So So Def.
Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, 54, told authorities in Atlanta her son became sick after taking cocaine and heroin on the night before he died, according to a police report cited by the AP. Too sad.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.