Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Has Died…

Kriss Kross


Chris Kelly, one-half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednes­day at an Atlanta hos­pi­tal after he was found unre­spon­sive at his home. He was 34.
How Kelly died isn’t known, and the Ful­ton County Med­ical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy is planned for Thurs­day.
Kelly, together with Chris Smith, shot to star­dom in 1992 with “Jump,” which spent eight weeks on top of the Bill­board Hot 100.
The duo opened for Michael Jack­son that year on his Dan­ger­ous World Tour. And their pen­chant for wear­ing their clothes back­ward were, at least for a time, widely emulated.

“I’m wear­ing my clothes to work back­wards tomor­row,” Michael Skol­nik, edi­tor in chief of the hip hop site Global Grind said, when he learned of the death.
Leslie Tookes, a CNN project coor­di­na­tor, lived next door to Kelly. Like oth­ers, she too was sad­dened by his untimely death.
“We often heard him play­ing clas­si­cal music and the piano,” Tookes said. “He was a low-key type of per­son who was very tal­ented and cour­te­ous, friendly and won­der­ful to our 5-year-old twins.
“Indeed, gone too soon.“
Dis­cov­ered at a mall

Kelly and Smith were 13-year-olds when they were dis­cov­ered in 1991 at an Atlanta mall by pro­ducer Jer­maine Dupri.
Going by the stage name Mac Daddy (with Smith known as Daddy Mac), the pair fol­lowed up their smash “Jump” with the sin­gle “Warm It Up.“
Together, the songs pushed their debut album, “Totally Krossed Out,” to mul­ti­plat­inum sta­tus.
Next came 1993’s “Da Bomb.“
But the album failed to find the fol­low­ing of the duo’s debut, in large part because the boys had hit puberty and they were mar­keted with a tougher image.

Their career never again reached the heights of their debut, but they con­tin­ued to make music.
In 1996, the duo released the album “Young, Rich and Dan­ger­ous.“
The pair reunited for one night in Feb­ru­ary for a 20th anniver­sary party for Dupri’s So So Def label.

He will always be missed…



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