This is some wiggedy wack news. Chris Kelly of the rap duo Kris Kross has passed away today. He was 34. DJ Greg Street reported his body was found at his Atlanta home this evening. According to local news outlets, the cause of death was a drug overdose.
Back in February, he joined his other half during So So Def’s 20 year anniversary concert. R.I.P. Mac Daddy.
UPDATE: Chris’ mother, So So Def and Jermaine Dupri’s statement.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him.”
– Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def Family
With their clothes still on backwards, Mack Daddy and Daddy Mack took us back with “Warm It Up”, “Jump” and “Live & Die For Hip Hop” at last night’s So So Def’s anniversary show. Totally krossed out.
So So Def will reunite at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre tonight for their 20th year anniversary. JD gives us a look behind the scenes during preparation with Xscape, Jagged Edge, Da Brat and Kris Kross.
Other acts tonight include Bow Wow, Bone Crusher, Anthony Hamilton, Dondria with special guests, Nelly, Luda and possibly surprises from Mariah Carey and Jay-Z.
Da Brat from last night below.