Kris Kross Rapper's Funeral To Be Held In Atlanta

5:57 AM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
In this Feb. 23, 2013 photo, Chris Kelly of Kris Kross performs on stage at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta during the So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert. Kelly, died May 1, 2013. He was 34. (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jonathan Phillips)
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ATLANTA (AP) - Mourners are set to gather for the funeral of former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly in Atlanta.

Kelly's funeral will be held 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 a mall in southwest Atlanta. Kelly, who was known as "Mac Daddy," 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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