As a loyal and dedicated fan of So So Def, this news was just painful to hear, as I was taking a break at work, and someone walked up to me and said: Chris Kelly from the group Kris Kross passed away. I just kept thinking, maybe it’s a hoax, because I remember some years back they said the same thing about him, only this time…it’s true. Back in February, Jermaine Dupri, held one of the biggest concerts of this era, when he brought all of the acts he has ever signed to the Fox Theatre for a once in a lifetime performance, and guess who opened up the show? That’s right the platinum selling artist: Kriss Kross! Still as vibrant and energetic as ever, they had the entire audience in the palm of their hands, as we all sang along to their hits: Warm It Up Kriss, Jump, & Live & Die in Hip Hop!
So So Def’s CEO, Jermaine Dupri released this statement to the fans:
The cause of death is still pending, yet their are preliminary reports stating a possible drug overdose. I’m so sick of losing our gifted and talented people to drugs and alcohol! It’s so funny because Dupri kept saying that he would be the first CEO of a record label since Motown that was able to get each group/artist to return to do a concert of that magnitude, because other labels either had bad relationships with former artist OR SOME may have passed away..smh. If I had missed that concert and this happened, I would have been even more devastated.
Chris’s mother had this to say in a statement via the Hollywood Reporter:
it is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him.
Yo I know ya’ll remember doing that “dance” they do with the hands and legs..hahahaha!
I don’t know how B.E.T. are planning to honor him at this year’s Awards show in June..but I really hope they do. As a matter of fact…it’s time to honor So So Def period..this is the perfect time.