Rapper Chris Kelly Dies, Half Of Kris Kross

Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and his partner Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith were both barely teenagers when they hit the top of the charts with the song Jump in 1992. Their signature style was wearing their clothes backwards. Chris Kelly died Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 34.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And we're taking a moment this morning to remember Chris Kelly, one-half of the '90s rap duo Kris Kross.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JUMP")

KRIS KROSS: (Singing) Don't try to compare us to another bad little fad. I'm the Mack and I'm back, giving you something that you never had. I make you pump, pump, wiggle and shake your rump, 'cause I be kicking the flavor that makes you wanna jump. How high? Real high, 'cause I'm just so fly, a young, lovable, huggable type of guy. And everything is to the back with a little slack, 'cause inside-out, it's wiggity-wiggity-wiggity-wack.

MONTAGNE: Chris "Mack Daddy" Kelly and his partner Chris "Daddy Mack" Smith were barely teenagers when they hit the top of the charts with the song "Jump" back in 1992. Their signature style: wearing their clothes backwards. Chris Kelly died yesterday in Atlanta. So far, the cause has not been established. He was just 34 years old.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JUMP")

KROSS: (Singing) A Daddy Mack will make ya jump, jump, Kris Kross will make ya jump, jump, uh-huh, uh-huh. Jump, jump. The Mack Dad will make ya jump, jump, a Daddy Mack will make ya jump, jump, Kris Kross will make ya jump, jump, uh-huh, uh-huh. Jump, jump. The Mack Dad will make ya jump, jump, a Daddy Mack will make ya jump, jump. Kriss Kross will make ya jump, jump.

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