It was a sad day in Atlanta, as hundreds came out to mourn the death of 90’s hip-hop sensation Chris Kelly. Kelly, half of the famed duo Kris Kross, passed away last week due to unknown causes.
The 34-year-old rapper was found unconscious in his Atlanta home. Group member Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith, So-So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri, label mate Da Brat, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, KeKe Wyatt and members of Xscape were among those who came out to show their support along side family and friends.
Some in attendance including Smith and Dupri wore their pants backwards in honor of the distinct and signature trend started by Kris Kross during their days of stardom. KeKe Wyatt along with LaTocha and Tamika Scott performed at the service, accompanied by a touching speech from a teary-eyed Smith. Here are some words Smith shared with the audience:
It’s been a struggle; every day since Kelly’s death. I know Chris is in heaven. He was a true friend…I just wanna say I love you, man…and I’m gonna miss you dearly. I know I can’t fill Chris’ shoes, but I’m always gonna be here, we had too many memories so I’m not gonna try and go through the 30 years that we kicked it.
My life…it ain’t ever gonna be the same, but I just hope our legacy for hip hop is never forgotten. I’m gonna do my part to make sure Chris’ legacy will live on.”
Dupri remained silent during the service but did take to Twitter to say:
Dupri who discovered Kelly and Smith when they were only preteens explained:
It was like we were just kids that were into the same things and he played video games. He played basketball. He played baseball. He played football. He rapped. He swam. He was just a natural kid, like a person that you want to be around at all times because he would never not want to be doing anything.
It is still unclear how Kelly passed away as an official cause of death is still pending. It is speculated that Kelly was abusing both cocaine and heroin the night before being found unresponsive.
Here’s some footage of the service:
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