Community Says Goodbye to Chris Kelly of Kris Kross

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Rapper Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly of 1990's hip-hop group Kris Kross has died. He was 34. Kelly and his bandmate Chris 'Daddy Mack' Smith" were discovered by music producer and Atlanta native Jermaine Dupri at a local mall in 1992. During performances, Kris Kross wore their clothes backwards -- it later became their signature look. The group is most famous for their single, 'Jump.' In 1992, 'Jump' ranked No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100 list.

ATLANTA (AP) - Mourners, including some well-known musical artists, are gathering for the funeral of former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly in Atlanta.

Kelly's funeral is set for Thursday afternoon at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. The 34-year-old was found dead May 1 of a suspected drug overdose.

Kriss Kross was introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair at Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta. Kelly performed alongside Chris Smith, who was known as "Daddy Mac." The duo wore their clothes backward as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.

Their first, and by far most successful song, was the 1992 hit "Jump," which became a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally.

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