It’s all over the news. We first heard about the death of Chris Kelly, one half of rap duo Kris Kross, on twitter by way of Big Boi from Outkast.
There’s speculation that it was from a drug overdose. People for years used to think one or both of them had cancer. Rumors aside, Kris Kross was a huge part of the early 90s pop culture.
Hitting the mainstream in 1992 with their hit song “Jump”, the two Chrises (Kelly as “Mac Daddy” and Chris Smith “Daddy Mac”) debuted as not “just another bad little fad” — a play on words and a shot at popular rival child act “Another Bad Creation“. At only 13 or 14 years old, the duo, produced by Jermaine Dupri, became an overnight success– the backwards clothes, the twists in their hair, the superfast “miggedy miggedy” lines in their raps– kids (and some grown folk) alike ate it up! Eventually they put out some other jams like “Warm It Up, Kris”, “I Missed The Bus”, “It’s a Shame”, “Alright” featuring Super Cat, and “Tonite’s Da Nite”. The group held on for a few more years until breaking up in the late 90’s.
Kris Kross even appeared on an episode of “A Different World” as two at-risk students of Dwayne Wayne who are eventually taught to stop the violence (fast-forward to Dwayne getting roughed up at the 2:24 mark, then their stage performance of “It’s a Shame” at “The Pit” at the 7:29 mark.
Here’s another throwback… an epic appearance of Kris Kross, Marky Mark (kids, that’s Mark Wahlberg’s rapper name) and TLC (RIP left-Eye) all together on The Oprah Winfrey Show from about 1992 (or ’93, we forget)!
RIP Mac Daddy.