Yesterday, news broke that Chris passed after being found unresponsive in his home on Wednesday. Just about anyone who was listening to radio back in the ’90s heard their song “Jump,” which was released under Jermaine’s SoSoDef label.
Jermaine discovered the rap duo, made up of Chris and Chris Smith, in a mall and they went on to set trends in music and fashion as they turned wearing clothes backward into a national trend. Naturally, the pair reunited with the rest of the label’s crew for SoSoDef’s 20th Anniversary Concert earlier this year. Little did Jermaine know that the event would be one of the last times he’d see Chris K.
Upon hearing news of hearing about his passing, Jermaine released on open letter.
“To the world, Chris Kelly was MacDaddy but to me he was the son I never hadm” JD wrote. “When I think about it I spent more time with Chris and Chris than damn near anybody in my whole life, so you can imagine how bad this hurts.”
Chris S. also pulled himself together to release a statement of his own on the shocking loss. “Chris Kelly was my Best Friend. He was like a brother. I love him and will miss him dearly,” Chris S. said.
“Our friendship began as little boys in first grade. We grew up together,” he added before reflecting on all that they had achieved as part of Kris Kross. “It was a blessing to achieve the success, travel the world and entertain Kris Kross fans all around the world with my best friend. It is what we wanted to do and what brought us happiness.