Tribute Sundayz – Shout Out To – Kris Kross

Kris Kross

Background information

Origin – Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres – Hip hop
Years active – 1990–1998, 2013
Labels – Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Associated acts – Da Brat
Jermaine Dupri
Super Cat
Michael Jackson

Kris Kross was an American rap duo of the 1990s, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith. The duo was best known for their hit 1992 song “Jump”, which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and certified double platinum as a single. Kris Kross was also noted for their fashion style, which consisted of wearing their clothing backwards. The duo sang the “Rugrats Rap” for Nickelodeon, which was released as an extra on some Nickelodeon VHS tapes starting in 1994 and was finally released on CD on The Best of Nicktoons in 1998, and as an extra on the Rugrats: Decade in Diapers Collectors Edition DVD in 2002.

Atlanta natives Kelly (August 11, 1978–May 1, 2013) and Smith (born January 10, 1979) were discovered in 1991 by 19-year-old Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta shopping mall.[1][2]

Album 1:

Totally Krossed Out

Along with Dupri, they signed a deal with Ruffhouse Records and recorded their debut album Totally Krossed Out (1992). Entirely produced by Dupri, Totally Krossed Out was released March 31 that year and sold four million copies in the U.S. It included the hit single “Jump”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks, “becoming the first rap song to have achieved so long a run at the top. No other rap song had led the chart for that length of time.”[3]

The music videos from the album also experienced major success. 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. The video for their follow-up single, “Warm It Up”, also directed by Murray, won a Billboard video award for “Best New Artist”,[citation needed] and got to No. 14 the same year as “Jump”. Writes The New York Daily News’ Jim Farber: “Together, that was enough to propel the duo’s debut, ‘Totally Krossed Out,’ to multi-platinum status.”[4]

Additional media projects, 1992-1998
The duo landed a spot on Michael Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous World Tour, as well as a cameo appearance on Jackson’s “Jam” music video (1991).[citation needed] Additionally, they made appearances in the music videos for Run-D.M.C.’s “Down with the King” (1993) and TLC’s “Hat 2 Da Back” (1992), and they were featured in an episode of A Different World and as the closing musical act on the May 29, 1992 episode of In Living Color.[citation needed]

A video game starring the pair, titled Kris Kross: Make My Video, was released in 1992 on the Sega CD system. It consisted of the player’s editing together the group’s music videos for a few of their hit songs—using portions of the original music videos, stock footage, and general video animation effects. Players were prompted before each editing session to make sure to have certain footage compiled into the video. The game was released only in the United States to poor sales figures and dismal reviews. It was ranked 18th on Electronic Gaming Monthly’s list of the “20 Worst Games of All Time”.[5]

Kris Kross made a cameo appearance in Ted Demme’s film Who’s the Man? (1993), which starred Ed Lover and Doctor Dré of Yo! MTV Raps fame.[citation needed]

Kris Kross recorded the “Rugrats Rap” for Rugrats and for Nickelodeon; it was released in 1994 as extras on some Nickelodeon VHS tapes, and was finally released on CD in 1998, on The Best of Nicktoons CD. “Rugrats Rap” is available on the Rugrats Chuckie the Brave VHS, Harriet the Spy VHS, The Best of Nicktoons CD (which is a compilation album of theme songs and other material from several Nicktoons that was released by Nickelodeon and Kid Rhino in 1998), Rugrats: Decade in Diapers Collectors Edition DVD, and YouTube.[citation needed]

Album 2: Da Bomb

Their second album, Da Bomb (1993), was certified platinum and spawned the hits “Alright” featuring Super Cat, “I’m Real”, and “Da Bomb” featuring Da Brat. Most of their songs had been directed at rivals Da Youngstas, Illegal, and Another Bad Creation.[citation needed]

Album 3: Young, Rich & Dangerous
A third album, Young, Rich & Dangerous, was released in early 1996 and was certified gold. It spawned the two hits “Tonite’s tha Night” and “Live and Die for Hip Hop”.[citation needed]

Separation and reunion
The group separated some time after their third album and went on to solo careers. Kris Kross reunited for So So Def’s 20th Anniversary concert in 2013.[6]

Death of Chris Kelly

On May 1, 2013, Chris Kelly was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home. Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. on the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center; he was 34 years old.[7][8][9] The police report documents Pratte’s statement that “they had brought Kelly home to recover from his drug use and had done this several times in the past”, and his uncle told police Kelly “had an extensive history of drug abuse”.[10][11]

The following morning (May 2) Dupri tweeted a “letter to fans”, in which he referred to Kelly as “a son I never had.” He also praised Kelly as an artist. Numerous other artists and fans publicly acknowledged Kelly’s death, some of them citing Kriss Kross or Kelly as their inspiration (e.g., Ludacris)[12] or as an entré into the music industry (e.g., Kandi Burruss).[13]


Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
[14]US R&B

1992Totally Krossed Out
First studio album
Release date: March 17, 1992
Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
CAN: 3× Platinum[20]
US: 4× Platinum[21]

1993Da Bomb
Second studio album
Release date: August 3, 1993
Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
CAN: Gold[20]
US: Platinum[21]
1996Young, Rich & Dangerous
Third studio album
Release date: January 9, 1996
Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
US: Gold[21]
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Remix albums
YearAlbum details

1996Best of Kris Kross Remixed ’92 ’94 ’96
First remix album
Release date: November 26, 1996
Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Compilation albums

YearAlbum details

1998Gonna Make U Jump
First compilation album
Release date: April 28, 1998
Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)Album
[22]US Rap
[23]US R&B
[24]US Dance
US: 2× Platinum[29]
Totally Krossed Out
“Warm It Up”1313232143416
US: Gold[29]
“I Missed the Bus”631729——21—57
“It’s a Shame”—1155————31
US: Gold[29]
Da Bomb
“I’m Real”84845—————
1994″Da Bomb” (with Da Brat)—2574—————
1995″Tonite’s tha Night”1216——23——
US: Gold[29]
Young, Rich, & Dangerous
1996″Live and Die for Hip Hop”721136————

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