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Kris Kross Biography

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Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Years Active: 1990–1996
Genres: Hip Hop

Kris Kross was an American rap duo of the 1990s comprising Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly (August 11, 1978–May 1, 2013) and Chris “Daddy Mac”Smith (born January 10, 1979). The natives of Atlanta, Georgia were discovered in 1990 by 18-year-old Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta shopping mall.

Along with Dupri, they signed a deal with Ruffhouse Records and recorded their debut album “Totally Krossed Out.” Entirely produced by Dupri, “Totally Krossed Out” was released in March 1992 and reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It included the hit single “Jump,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for eight weeks. Their follow-up single, “Warm It Up,” like “Jump,” went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. The album was certified 4x platinum by the RIAA.

The duo landed a spot on Michael Jackson's 1992 Dangerous World Tour, as well as a cameo appearance on Jackson's 1991 “Jam” music video. 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.

Their second album, 1993’s “Da Bomb,” was certified platinum and spawned the hit “Alright,” although it failed to match their earlier success. Most of their songs had been directed at rivals Da Youngstas, Illegal, and Another Bad Creation. 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.”

The group separated sometime after their third album and went on to solo careers. On May 1, 2013 Chris Kelly was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home and later pronounced dead at age 34.