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Encyclopedia > Kris Kross
Kris Kross
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, USA Flag of the United States
Genre(s) Hip Hop
Years active 1992–1996
Label(s) Ruffhouse
Columbia Records
So So Def Recordings
Website http://www.legacyrecordings.com/Kris-Kross.aspx
Members
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly
Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith

Kris Kross was a teenage rap duo in the early 1990s most famous for wearing their clothes backwards. The two members of Kris Kross were Chris (Mac Daddy) Kelly, born August 11, 1978 (1978-08-11) (age 29) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and Chris (Daddy Mac) Smith, born January 10, 1979 (1979-01-10) (age 28), also in Atlanta. Atlanta redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Ruffhouse Records is a record label founded in 1989 by Chris Schwartz and Joe Nicolo as a joint venture with Columbia Records. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... So So Def Recordings is a record label, based out of Atlanta, Georgia and owned by Jermaine Dupri, specializing in Southern hip hop, R&B, and bass music. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... The duet, by Hendrik ter Brugghen A duet is a musical composition or piece for two performers, most often used for a vocal or piano duet. ... is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Atlanta redirects here. ... is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...

Contents

History

Kelly and Smith were discovered in 1991, at the age of 13, at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta, Georgia, by Jermaine Dupri. Dupri thought the duo "looked like a rap group," and came up with the gimmick of having the two wear their clothes backwards. The duo's album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and sold more than four million copies. It included the hit single "Jump", which sampled the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," and stayed at number one on the Billboard charts for eight weeks. This landed them a spot on Michael Jackson's European tour that year as well as a cameo appearance on Jackson's "Jam" video and made a two-part appearance on the 90s sitcom A Different World playing thugs. They have also appeared on In Living Color Greenbriar Mall was the second enclosed mall in the Atlanta region and the first to serve the southern suburbs of Atlanta. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... Jermaine Dupri also known simply as JD (born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin on September 23, 1972) is an American record producer and rapper. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Totally Krossed Out is the 1992 debut album by Kris Kross. ... Jump is a 1992 song by the rap duo Kris Kross, whose members were only thirteen years old when their song became a hit. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... These are the #1 Hits of 1992: Artists at #1 for the first time this year Color Me Badd - All 4 Love Right Said Fred - Im So Sexy Vanessa Williams - Save the Best For Last Kris Kross - Jump Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back Boyz II Men - End... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... A concert comprises a performance, usually involving some degree of formality, and particularly a performance featuring music. ... Jam was a 1992 single by Michael Jackson from his album Dangerous. ... A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC (from September 24, 1987 until July 9, 1993). ... In Living Color is a sketch comedy television series which ran on the FOX Network from April 15, 1990 to May 19, 1994. ...


In 1992, a video game was released starring the pair titled Kris Kross: Make My Video. It was released on the Sega CD system, and consisted of the player editing together the group's music videos to a few of their hit songs using portions of the original music videos, stock footage, and general video animation effects. Players were prompted before each edit session to make sure to have certain footage compiled into the video. The game was released only in the United States and to very lackluster sales figures and dismal reviews. It was ranked 18th on Electronic Gaming Monthly's list of the "20 Worst Games of All Time".[1] Computer and video games redirects here. ... The Sega Mega-CD (Japanese: メガCD) is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive released in Europe, Australia, and Japan. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American video game magazine. ...


The duo also appeared in the 1993 Ted Demme film "Who's The Man?" with Ed Lover and Dr. Dre of "Yo MTV Raps" fame. In the film, Kris Kross play two kids whole steal fruit from a grocery store. The film also features Naughty By Nature, Ice-T, Colin Quinn, Denis Leary, Bernie Mac, Bill Bellamy, Eric B, Flava Flav, Salt N Pepa, and many others. The movie had little success, but remains a cult favorite amongst rap enthusiasts for its good quality jokes and fast pacing.


Released in 1993, a second album, entitled Da Bomb failed to match their early success even though it had more 'hardcore' lyrics directed at their critics. Also that year the duo starred in a television commercial to advertise the soft drink Sprite. 1996 saw the release of their final album Young, Rich and Dangerous which was even less successful than Da Bomb. An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... A soft drink is a drink that contains no alcohol. ... Sprite is a clear soda, lemon-lime flavored, caffeine free soft drink, produced by the Coca-Cola Company. ... Young, Rich and Dangerous is the third and thus far, final album by hip hop duo Kris Kross. ...


The duo virtually disappeared from the public eye since their last album.


Trivia

  • The two make appearances on Michael Jackson's Jam video, Run DMC's Down with the king and Dj Nab's Live megamix.
  • The two have been neighborhood friends since they were very young.
  • Chris Smith is a mixed-race caucasian/black and Chris Kelly is black.
  • A popular rumor is that Chris Kelly suffered from leukemia and lost his hair, due to the fact that he appears with no hair in the music videos for Tonite's Tha Nite and Live and die for hip hop, however Kelly never had leukemia, he has alopecia, a disease that causes hair loss.*

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Discography

Albums

Album information
Totally Krossed Out
  • Released:March 31, 1992
  • Chart positions: #1 US, #1 Top R&B/Hip Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: 4xPlatinum
  • Singles: "Jump", "Warm It Up",yeep "I Missed the Bus", "It's A Shame", "The Way of Rhyme"
Da Bomb
  • Released:August 3, 1993
  • Chart positions: #13 US, #2 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,
  • Last RIAA certification: Platinum
  • Singles: "Da Bomb", "I'm Real", "Alright"
Young, Rich & Dangerous
  • Released:January, 1996
  • Chart positions: #15 US, # 2 Top R&B/ Hip Hop
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Tonite's Tha Nite", "Live and Die for Hip Hop"

Totally Krossed Out is the 1992 debut album by Kris Kross. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Da Bomb was the 2nd album for then-kiddie rappers Kris Kross who hit puberty a year after Totally Krossed Out. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Young, Rich & Dangerous is the third, and thus far, final album by hip hop duo Kris Kross. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ...

Compilations

Album information
Best of Kris Kross Remixed '92 '94 '96
Gonna Make U Jump

Best Of Kris Kross Remixed 92 94 96 is a remix/compilation album album by hip op duo Kris Kross. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... Gonna Make U Jump is a compilation album by hip hop duo Kris Kross and, thus far, the duos last album. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ...

Singles

  • "Jump" (1992) (U.S. #1, UK #2)
  • "Warm It Up" (1992) (U.S. #13, UK #16)
  • "I Missed The Bus" (1992) (U.S. #63, UK #57)
  • "It's A Shame" (1992) (UK #31)
  • "The Way of Rhyme" (1993)
  • "Alright" 1993) (U.S. #19, UK #47)
  • "I'm Real Dude" (1993) (U.S. #84)
  • "Da Bomb" (1994)
  • "Tonite's Tha Night" (1995) (U.S. #12)
  • "Live And Die For Hip Hop" (1996) (U.S. #72)

References

External links

  • Kriss Kross at Legacy Recordings
  • darealkriskross on Myspace
  • macofkriskross on Myspace

  Results from FactBites:
 
Kris Kross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (283 words)
Kris Kross was a young rap duo of the early 1990s most famous for wearing their clothes backward.
The two members of Kris Kross were Chris "Mack Daddy" Kelly (born 1 May 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA) and Chris "Daddy Mack" Smith (born 10 January 1979 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA).
A curiosity of Kris Kross' career was a television commercial they starred in to advertise the soft drink Sprite in 1992–93.
Jump (Kris Kross song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (150 words)
"Jump" is a 1992 song by the hip pop duo Kris Kross, whose members were only thirteen years old when their song became a hit.
Written and produced by Jermaine Dupri, "Jump" was the fastest selling single in 15 years and stayed on top of the Billboard charts for eight weeks.
Kris Kross's debut album Totally Krossed Out which features "Jump", sold over 4 million copies.
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