The Urban music world is mourning today as confirmation that Chris “MacDaddy” Kelly has died. He was found on Wednesday evening unconscious and pronounced dead at 5:30pm on 1st May at the Atlanta Medical Center. Kelly had been using a combination of cocaine and heroin the night before his death, according to the police report obtained by TMZ.
Kelly who was one half of the 90’s group ‘Kriss Kross’ rose to fame with Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith when they were discovered at 12 years old in an Atlanta mall by 18 year old producer, Jermaine Dupri.
They took the world by storm by having an original fashion statement by wearing their clothes back to front, which was and is their trademark. Also, they had major success with their hit song “Jump” from their multiplatinum 1992 debut album “Totally Krossed Out.”
The duo surprisingly had maturity in their raps, despite Dupri writing their songs. They toured with Michael Jackson, appeared on TV shows, and had their own video game.
Dupree wrote an emotional letter about Kelly’s death and posted it on his blog, global 14.
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.”
There has been no message from Chris Smith but social networking sites have been bombarded with messages of condolences from celebrities and fans:
“I’m wearing my clothes to work backwards tomorrow,” Michael Skolnik, editor in chief of the hip hop site Global Grind said, when he learned of the death.
Da Brat who was on the same label as Kriss Kross and reunited with them in February for the celebration of 20 year running of So So Def, wrote:
“REST IN PEACE TO MY LIL BRO CHRIS KELLY OF KRIS KROSS. Dam wasn’t we JUST at rehearsal and doing a So So Def20 show?”
Kriss Kross gave many urban music lovers memories. For many, his death is…wiggity, wiggity WACK.
Kriss Kross ‘Jump’ video: