The music world is mourning the, one half of the '90s rap duo Kris Kross. The young rapper, who burst on the scene in 1992 with the hit song "Jump," died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose at his home, authorities said. He was 34.
Kelly, who was called "Mac Daddy," and his partner Chris Smith, a.k.a. "Daddy Mac," were discovered by producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri inside a mall in Atlanta.
Dupri was among those in the music industry paying tribute to Kelly after hearing the news. In an online post, he wrote, "To the world Chris was MacDaddy but to me, he was a son I never had. As much as you may think I taught him, he taught me. God has blessed me to be in the presence of so many naturally talented people, and Chris was one...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. I will always love you chris, and I will never let the world forget you, may good bless your soul."
See how others are remembering Kelly on Twitter:
RIP Chris Kelly— Diddy (@iamdiddy) May 2, 2013
So sorry to hear that. Sending love to his family. RIP Chris— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 2, 2013
I'm so sad to hear the news of Chris Kelly. What a great loss. RIP Mac Daddy.— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) May 2, 2013
R.I.PChris Kelly. This song is now officially dedicated to you. May GOD embrace your soul & lift up your family. m.soundcloud.com/llcoolj/14-jum...— LL COOL J (@llcoolj) May 2, 2013
One of my motivations as a kid to even get into the rap game. You will be missed. R.I.P. Chris Kelly instagram.com/p/YyzP2ZQazu/— Ludacris (@Ludacris) May 2, 2013
R.I.P. Chris Kelly #KrissKross— Big Boi (@BigBoi) May 2, 2013
Rest In Peace, Chris Kelly. Kris Kross lives forever. Thank you for the memories. #AtlantasOwn— Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) May 2, 2013
"You can get the finga...the middle" --Mac Daddy #KrissKross— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) May 2, 2013