File picture shows Chris Kelly of Kris Kross performing in Atlanta

Think what you may of the duo that sparked an entirely new clothing style; Kris Kross earned their spot in Hip History after breaking onto the scene as kids during the early 90s. While they were unable to transfer their early level of success into adulthood, many will always fondly remember them for making us “Jump” in our youth.

Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly was laid to rest yesterday, surrounded by his musical family in Da Brat, members of Xscape and Jermaine Dupri, some attendees wearing their pants backwards in tribute. Chris Smith, the lone remaining member of Kriss Kross was moved to tears in a display of raw emotion delivering his friend’s eulogy. I know I can’t fill Chris’ shoes, but I’m always gonna be here,” he told Kelly’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte. “We had too many memories so I’m not gonna try and go through the 30 years that we kicked it. I just want to say I love you man. I would say Kris Kross forever, but without Chris, it ain’t never gonna be the same. But I hope our legacy for hip-hop is never forgotten.”

Kelly was found unconscious in his Atlanta home on May 1 and died from a suspected drug overdose. Its been reported that he had been abusing heroin and cocaine heavily in the days prior to his death but a cause won’t be determined until a toxicology test has been concluded.

He was only 34 years old.

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