Kris Kross rapper's funeral to be held in Atlanta
by Jonathan Landrum Jr
May 09, 2013 03:45 PM | 548 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Kelly's Kris Kross rap partner, Chris Smith, was among the well-known musicians, family and friends who gathered Thursday for Kelly's funeral in Atlanta.

Smith walked into Jackson Baptist Memorial Church alongside rapper Jermaine Dupri, who discovered the the 1990s teen duo, at an Atlanta mall.

The 34-year-old Kelly was found dead May 1 of a suspected drug overdose. His mother and uncle told authorities Kelly had a history of drug abuse and experienced similar episodes in the past, according to a police report.

Two members of the band Xscape, sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott, arrived together for Kelly's funeral.

"He just wanted to smile. That's all he wanted," Tamika Scott said. "He was known to be a happy person."

Rapper Da Brat tried to speak to reporters when she arrived but stopped when she got choked up and went on into the church.

Kris Kross was introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer Dupri after he discovered the pair at Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta. Kelly was known as "Mac Daddy" and Smith was known as "Daddy Mac."

The duo wore their clothes backward 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 verses 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.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides