R.I.P Kriss Kross Singer/Rapper Chris Kelly (1978-2013)

R.I.P Kriss Kross Singer/Rapper Chris Kelly (1978-2013)

Blog : May 2nd, 2013

Multiple news outlets including CNN affiliate WXIA are reporting that singer Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of the ’90s era hip-hop act, Kriss Kross was found dead at his Atlanta home at 8pm Eastern.  CBS Atlanta reports that Chris Kelly died of a drug overdose as well as the rapper’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, has told authorities her son became sick after taking cocaine and heroin on the night before he died.  The official autopsy will not be done until later on today.

Chris Kelly from Kriss Kross

Kris Kross sold over four million copies of their 1992 debut album, Totally Krossed Out, after their song “Jump Jump” exploded into the national consciousness. Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith were discovered by the now legendary hip-hop impresario Jermaine Dupri, who produced their debut album (which, we should note, also contained the #1 rap single “Warm It Up”). The group became known for their trademark style of wearing their clothes backwards, but never inside out (because that would’ve been “wiggity, wiggity, wiggity wack”).

The group went on to release two other studio albums, 1993′s Da Bomb and 1996′s Young, Rich & Dangerous, neither of which were able to match the monumental success of their debut.  The two stayed out of the limelight for the better part of the last two decades, however Kriss Kross recently reunited for a performance at the So So Def 20th Anniversary Party this February.

Chris’ mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, released a statement;

It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music and we will forever love him.

Condolences to the family and loved ones of Chris “MacDaddy” Kelly, who leaves an indelible imprint on Hip Hop.

Let us celebrate Chris’ life with remembering this hit…




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