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 wasMay 1 of a suspected drug overdose.
Kriss Kross was introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer-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."
Dupri was among those in the music industry paying tribute to Kelly after hearing the news last week. 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."
The members of Kris Kross wore their clothes backward as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.
The group's first, and by far most successful song, was the 1992 hit "Jump," which became a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally.