Kris Kross Rapper
Chris Kelly, Dead at
It’s a sad day for the music industry.
Chris Kelly, 34, one half of the famous rap duo Kris Kross, was pronounced dead Wednesday night in Georgia.
The rapper— who was known as “Mac Daddy”— rose to fame with his partner Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith from their 1992 hit “Jump,” which remained number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts for eight weeks.
"It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose," said Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police, according to The Associated Press.
Becoming widely known for wearing their clothes— more specifically, their pants— backwards, the duo reached multiplatinum success and later toured with Michael Jackson during his “Dangerous World Tour.”
The group's last album, "Young, Rich & Dangerous," was released in 1996 and reached gold status, but the star was still making music and recording until the day he died.
Several industry stars tweeted their condolences and heartbreak about the untimely death of the ‘90’s star:
R.I.PChris Kelly. This song is now officially dedicated to you. May GOD embrace your soul & lift up your family. m.soundcloud.com/llcoolj/14-jum…— LL COOL J (@llcoolj) May 2, 2013
RIP Chris Kelly from Kriss Kross… bit.ly/ZXEP3L— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 2, 2013
Rest In Peace Chris. instagram.com/p/YyyyXrq5O4/— Shawntae Harris (@ONLY1BRAT) May 2, 2013