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Chris Kelly dies: Leaves legacy as 1990s kid rapper (+video)

Chris Kelly dies: Half of the rap group Kris Kross, Chris Kelly and  Chris Smith's biggest hit was "Jump," part of a 1992 album. They were know for their rap delivery as well as a gimmick of wearing their clothing backward.

Kid rapper Chris Kelly dies
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Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic "Jump," has died, according to authorities.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. local time Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly's cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.

Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy," and Chris Smith, known as "Daddy Mac," were introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair in an Atlanta mall. The duo wore their clothes backward as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.


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