Chris Kelly


ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic "Jump," has died, according to authorities. He was 34.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the 34-year-old Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly's cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.

Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy," and Chris Smith, known as "Daddy Mac," were introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair in an Atlanta mall. The duo wore their clothes backwards as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.

Their first, and by far most successful song, was "Jump." The hit, off their multiplatinum 1992 debut album "Totally Krossed Out," featured the two trading versus and rapping the refrain, the song's title. The duo had surprising maturity in their rap delivery, though the song was written by Dupri. It would become a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally, and one of the most popular of that year.

Their success led to instant fame: They toured with Michael Jackson, appeared on TV shows, and even had their own video game.

The group was never able to match the tremendous success of their first song, though they had other hits like "Warm It Up," and "Tonite's tha Night."

Earlier this year, the group performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri's label, So So Def.

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rip chris xoxo, you were 1 of the greatest, you will be sorely missed.

Hi chris kelly I just want to say I am a big fan of kriss kross and you and left eye are my favorite rappers in hiphop so rest in pess chris I really hope I see you and left eye and biggie and tupac in heaven one day and my heart hoes out to your group member chris mac daddy smith so rest in pess homy from carlos beau.

Rest in peace. Your work is finished. May the Lord Jesus Christ raise you up in the first resurrection. God bless .

May all those enduring the loss of Chris find peace, hope and comfort from our Heavenly Father, the God of all comfort..2Cor 1:3-5

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanks for 25+ years if good times and memories from Cont. Colony Elementary to Bunche Middle School. To hanging out in the studio at Smith's house to shooting pool with you, Smith, Chris Terry (RIP), your Uncle Lamar and Lunnie. Just know it is:

May you rest in peace Chris; you were an A-town legend that will be missed. The city will never forget you the memories Kris Kross brought.

Rev. chapter 21 verse 4 reads "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will morning nor outcry be anymore.