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Chris Kelly, half of 1990s Kris Kross rap duo, dead

By April Neale May 2, 2013, 6:36 GMT

Chris Kelly, half of 1990s Kris Kross rap duo, dead

Kris Kross was an American teenage rap duo of the early 1990s comprising Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith.

Chris Kelly, one-half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital after being found unresponsive at his home, the Fulton County medical examiner's office, reported by CNN.

Kris Kross was an American teenage rap duo of the early 1990s comprising Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith.

The duo are best known for their 1992 hit "Jump", which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and was certified double platinum as a single.

They were also known for wearing their clothes backwards.

Atlanta natives Kelly (born August 11, 1978) and Smith (born January 10, 1979) were childhood friends, discovered in 1990 by 18-year-old Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta shopping mall.

Dupri produced their debut album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and sold four million copies in the US. It included the hit single "Jump", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks.

The video for "Jump", directed by filmmaker Rich Murray went to No. 1 on MTV and sold over 100,000 copies as a vhs 'video single'. 

They were also featured in an episode of A Different World, and the closing musical act on 29 May 1992 episode of cult TV sketch comedy show "In Living Color."

Kelly had his own indie label, C.CO. Records, which is based in Atlanta and develops underground hip-hop and R&B acts.

Kelly shared in interviews that he suffered from alopecia universalis, a condition that causes hair loss.

 

 

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