Kriss Kross's Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly Dead at 34
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly was found dead in his Atlanta home yesterday. He was thirty-four years old. And while nothing is concrete, at the time of this writing, a drug overdose is suspected as the cause.
But first, a confession.
It is through the sheer power of thought and astral projection that I am responsible for the Mac Daddy's death.
Here are two facts that can't be ignored: First, this past weekend, while hanging out at my lady-friend's pad and listening to her MP3 player, Kriss Kross's 1992 smash hit "Jump" came on. What ensued was a long and drawn out and largely alcohol-fueled argument on my behalf as to why the one-time sensation would cease to exist from the collective consciousness of the world in no time. She got all bent out of shape, claiming it a classic party song. Needless to say, that did not end well.
Then this past Tuesday, while hanging out with my old man and watching TV, we caught a syndicated episode of In Living Color in which the closing act was Kriss Kross. I confess, that given the pop-cultural turmoil of the weekend, my thoughts were along the lines of "why can't this shit die already."
And then I see his death announced on my Twitter feed. Shit. Now, I feel like an asshole.
Kriss Kross formed in 1990 under the guidance of Jermaine Dupri in Atlanta. Their pre-teen angst was visualized by backwards-worn garb that prompted many a WC-related question and was an immediately recognizable feature once "Jump" became an international sensation. With toasted/rap lyrics claiming their awesomeness and an infectious beat that hyped-up the "jump" action, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who was around in 1992 who couldn't at least hum it out.
And while most who never followed them after the "Jump" sensation will consider the act a '90s one-hit wonder, Kriss Kross went on to put out two more successful albums and even provide a humorous song for Nickelodeon's beloved Rugrats series, "Rugrats Rap."
While the duo separated after 1996's Young, Rich & Dangerous album and went on to have solo careers, they reunited earlier this year to perform at Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings' twentieth anniversary concert. Here at County Grind, we celebrate life through song and here are a few more of their biggest hits for you to enjoy at work. Turn your speakers turned as loud as they can go.
"I Missed the Bus"
"Live and Die for Hip Hop"
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