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Kris Kross


Thirteen-year-old rappers Chris “Daddy Mack” Smith and Chris “Mack Daddy” Kelly became the pop sensations of 1992 as Kris Kross. Both were uncovered at an Atlanta mall in 1991 by after that-19-year-old manufacturer Jermaine Dupri, who had taken them under his wing and developed the gimmick of experiencing the duo use all their clothes backwards, lending even more significance with their name. Thanks a lot partly to savvy advertising, “Leap,” which sampled the Jackson 5’s “I’D LIKE You Back again,” became the fastest-selling one in 15 years, residing at number 1 for eight weeks in the Billboard graphs and pressing the sales of the debut record, Totally Krossed Out, previous four million. Another platinum single adopted in “Warm It Up,” and Kris Kross toured European countries with Michael Jackson and made an appearance on countless teen-oriented Television shows. By enough time of the follow-up recording, 1993’s Da Bomb, the kids had strike puberty, and their voices had been noticeably deeper; they attempted to impact a tougher, even more hardcore audio and picture, with less achievement. “Alright” was their third solitary to go platinum or better, but Da Bomb didn’t even proceed platinum by the finish of the entire year. Kris Kross required a while off and came back in 1996 with Youthful, Rich and Harmful, which presented the gold-selling rap ballad “Tonite’s tha Night time.” Chris “Mack Daddy” Kelly was pronounced lifeless on, may 1, 2013 at an Atlanta medical center after having been discovered unresponsive at his Atlanta house; he was 34 yrs . old.

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Full Name Kris Kross
Awards American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Singer/Group
Music Songs Jump, Warm It Up, I Missed the Bus, Tonite’s tha Night, Alright, It’s a Shame, Live and Die for Hip Hop, Da Bomb, The Way of Rhyme, Da Streets Ain’t Right, Lil’ Boys in da Hood, I’m Real, Mackin’ Ain’t Easy, Can’t Stop the Bum Rush, A Real Bad Dream, You Can’t Get With This, We’re in da House, Intro Interview, Money, Power and Fame, 2 da Beat Ch’yall, It’s a Group Thang, A Lot 2 Live 4, Sound of My Hood, Some Cut Up, When the Homies Show Up, D.J. Nabs Break, Take Um Out, Freak da Funk, It Don’t Stop, Hey Sexy, Tonight's tha Night, Young, Rich and Dangerous
Albums Totally Krossed Out, Young, Rich & Dangerous, Da Bomb, Gonna Make U Jump, Best of Kris Kross Remixed '92 '94 '96
Nominations Grammy Award for Best New Artist, MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Group, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Juno Award for International Single of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Top Hot 100 Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist

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1 Musical group consisting of Chris Kelly and Chris Smith.
2 Were number 90 on vh1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005)
3 They were a teenaged rap duo in the early 90s. They are best known for their hit single "Jump", from their first album "Totally Krossed Out".
4 At the time of their first album, they were known to wear their clothes backwards.



The X Factor 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2014 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Mom 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rude Tube 2011-2013 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Friends with Benefits 2011 performer: "Jump"
100 Greatest Songs of the 90s 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Who's the Man? 1993 Micah / Karim



So So Def All-Star 20th Anniversary Concert 2013 TV Movie Themselves
Run-DMC: Together Forever - Greatest Hits 1983-2000 2000 Video Themselves (segment "Down With the King")
Dangerous: The Short Films 1993 Video Themselves ('Jam' video)
Soul Train 1992-1993 TV Series documentary Themselves / Guests
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Themselves
25th NAACP Image Awards 1993 TV Special Themselves
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 TV Movie Themselves
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1992 TV Series Themselves
Showtime at the Apollo 1992 TV Series Themselves
In Living Color 1992 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '92 1992 TV Special Themselves

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I Love the '90s 2004 TV Series documentary Themselves
Kris Kross: Make My Video 1992 Video Game Themselves

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