Kris Kross: Where Are They Now?

In 1992, they topped the charts at the age of thirteen, but where are Kriss Kross now?  The duo who convinced a legion of kids to wear their clothes backwards, Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith, both 31, still have their hand in music, albeit on a much smaller scale.  Meanwhile, the producer who discovered them, Jermaine Dupri, has had continued success as a rap and R&B producer, making hits for the likes of Mariah Carey, Usher, and another young, precocious rapper, Bow Wow.

The success of the young, Atlanta-bred rappers slowly but surely diminished throughout the 1990s.  Their debut, "Totally Krossed Out" sold four million copies based off the strength of their hit singles "Jump" and "Warm It Up".  The immediate success brought with it a slot on Michael Jackson's  "Dangerous Tour" and their own video game, "Kriss Kross: Make My Video."  Their unique style of wearing baggy jeans and baseball jerseys backwards sparked a cultural phenomenon, with many young fans emulating the rap duo's fashion sense. 

However, as Kriss Kross began to mature, they could no longer rely on their gimmick of being child rappers, not to mention the backwards clothes.  Two subsequent albums, 1993's "Da Bomb" and 1996's "Young, Rich, and Dangerous" followed, but failed to garner much attention, with each release doing worse than the one that came before it.  By 1997, Kriss Kross had completely stepped out of the spotlight.

Nowadays, Chris Kelly runs his own indie label, C.CO. Records, which is based in Atlanta and focuses on developing underground hip-hop and R&B acts.  Though rumors had been circulating that he was diagnosed with cancer (based on photos taken of him with several patches of his hair missing), Kelly has gone on the record as saying he suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss.

Chris Smith has also been working within the realm of music. He has completed an album of original material titled "Urbane Expressions," though it has yet to be released.  Smith also claims he's finished a book, of the same title, that includes original poetry, photos, artwork, and short stories.

Rumors circulated that Kriss Kross were planning to reunite in 2007, though ultimately nothing materialized.   

Reference:

Christian, Margena A.  "Where Is…Kriss Kross?" Jet Magazine, Johnson Publishing Co.  2 June, 2008.

 

 

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