He was a star at the age of 13, toured with Michael Jackson (and appeared in the self-proclaimed King of Pop's video for "Jam"), and it seemed the sky was the limit. Today, however, we are mourning the passing of Chris Kelly, aka Mac Daddy, one half of the rap duo Kris Kross, who was found dead in his home in Georgia at the age of 34 after an apparent drug overdose.
Kris Kross burst onto the scene in 1992 with their debut CD, "Totally Krossed Out", which produced the high energy single, "Jump". The duo was discovered by rapper-producer Jermaine Dupri and signed to his So So Def label. They even appeared at the label's 20th anniversary show earlier this year, and made VH1's list of top child stars.
But, as with most recording acts of the 80's and 90's, fans veered away from Kris Kross and on to the "next big thing", with 1996's "Young, Rich, & Dangerous" being the duo's last CD to date.
"Jump" comes from Kris Kross' VEVO channel:
Rest in peace, Chris.