Chris Kelly, half of the rap duo Kriss Kross, has died at an Atlanta hospital after an apparent drug overdose. He was 34.
Kris Kross were a successful rap duo in the early '90s, best known for their signature fashion statement: wearing their clothes back to front.
Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy," was first discovered when he was 13, along with his friend Chris Smith ("Daddy Mac" who was 12), in 1990. Producer Jermaine Dupri, who was then 18, met the guys at a shopping mall in Atlanta.
Along with Dupri, Smith and Kelly signed a deal with Ruffhouse Records and recorded their debut record 'Totally Krossed Out'. The album was produced by Dupri, and contained their first single and biggest hit, 'Jump', released on February 6, 1992.
It went the top of the charts in the U.S., Australia, Switzerland, and Belgium, and close to the top in other countries, reaching number two on Canada's RPM Dance Charts.
Check out the video for 'Jump' below:
The song's success made them worldwide stars - they appeared in Michael Jackson's video for 'Jam', Run-D.M.C.'s 'Down With the King', and TLC's 'Hat 2 Da Back', and were on an episode of the sitcom 'A Different World'.
They went on to release two more albums, 1993's 'Da Bomb' and 'Young, Rich & Dangerous' in 1996, after which they parted ways, with both Kelly and Smith going on to solo careers.
Dupri released a statement following Kelly's death, calling him "a son I never had":
"To the world Chris was MacDaddy but to me, he was a son I never had. As much as you may think I taught him, he taught me. God has blessed me to be in the presence of so many naturally talented people, and Chris was one."
He also praised Kelly's work ethic, and said "his passion for the music, his love for doing shows, his want to [be] better than everyone else, was always turnt up."
Kris Kross reunited this year at So So Def's 20th Anniversary concert. Check out video of the two onstage below: