Chris Kelly from 90's Group Kriss Kross Passes Away

5/1/2013

 

On the evening of May 1, 2013, Chris Kelly, also known as "Mac Daddy" from the popular 90's rap group Kriss Kross, was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home. He was pronounced dead on the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center. He was 34 years old.

It is suspected that he died of a drug overdose of cocaine and heroin. However, a toxicology report is expected within 3-4 weeks.

Instead of focusing on Chris' death and the mystery that now surrounds it, I wanted to take this time to focus on the life and times of Kriss Kross, a Hip Hop group that rose to fame in the early 1990's and the affect of their music.

It was 1992 when Kriss Kross released Jump. I was 19 years old at the time and found myself bobbin' my head and reciting the lyrics to a song that was released by a pair of 12 year old rappers from Atlanta, GA. There's nothing to be ashamed of here because thousands of other people my age, older and younger, were doing the exact same thing.

When Kriss Kross came onto the music scene, they took the world by storm with the help of their mentor Jermaine Dupri. They had solid lyrics and a fashion style of wearing backwards clothing that would be forever identified with this group.

See, Kriss Kross was Jermaine Dupri's answer to Michael Bivin's (New Edition/Bell Biv Devoe) Another Bad Creation. In 1991, Another Bad Creation, which consisted of five young boys who were also from Atlanta, GA, had all the airplay and the hearts of young fans everywhere with songs like Playground, Iesha, and Jealous Girl.

A year later, Kriss Kross were introduced to the world wearing backwards clothing and releasing a song entitled Jump, which in part attacked Another Bad Creation's "Mental" branding image that was inspired by Michael Bivins.

With that one song, Kriss Kross dethroned Another Bad Creation from being the cute kids that everybody loved the year before to being a group that was absolutely played-out, from which, the group was never able to recover.

Over the years, Kriss Kross put out solid hits like, Alright, Da Bomb (w/ Da Brat) and Tonite's Tha Night, but eventually found that record sales and the popularity of many Hip Hop artists go from hot to cold very quickly.

In February 2013, So So Def had a 20th Anniversary concert celebrating its artists and the songs that made the label one of the hottest of the 90's. Chris "Mac-Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith took to the stage again as Kriss Kross and performed some of their hit songs from the 90's and had the crowd jumpin'. Unfortunately, it would be Chris Kelly's last performance.

Check out Kriss Kross' videos by clicking HERE.

Check out Kriss Kross' performance from the So So Def 20th Anniversary concert below.

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