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Kris Kross
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1991–1996, 2007-present
Labels So So Def/Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Associated acts Da Brat
Jermaine Dupri
Super Cat
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly
Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith

Kris Kross is an American teenage rap duo of the early 1990s comprising Chris "Mack Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mack" Smith. The duo is best known for their 1992 hit "Jump", which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and was certified double platinum as a single. They were also known for their fashion styling, which consisted of wearing their clothes backwards.



Atlanta natives Kelly (born August 11, 1978) and Smith (born January 10, 1979) were childhood friends, discovered at the age of 12 in 1991 by 18-year-old Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta shopping mall.[1] Dupri thought the two "looked like a rap group" and proceeded to groom them as such.

Their Dupri-produced debut album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and sold four million copies in the US. It included the hit single "Jump", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks.

The duo landed a spot on Michael Jackson's 1992 Dangerous Tour, as well as a cameo appearance on Jackson's "Jam" music video. In addition to this, they also made appearances in the music videos for Run-D.M.C.'s "Down with the King" and TLC's "Hat 2 Da Back". They were also featured in an episode of A Different World.

In 1992, a video game directed by Denis Dyack was released starring the pair titled Kris Kross: Make My Video. It was released on the Sega CD system, and consisted of the player editing together the group's music videos to a few of their hit songs—using portions of the original music videos, stock footage, and general video animation effects. Players were prompted before each edit session to make sure to have certain footage compiled into the video. The game was released only in the United States to poor sales figures and dismal reviews. It was ranked 18th on Electronic Gaming Monthly's list of the "20 Worst Games of All Time".[2]

Kris Kross made a cameo appearance in Ted Demme's 1993 film Who's the Man?, which starred Ed Lover and Doctor Dré of Yo! MTV Raps fame.

Their second album, Da Bomb (1993), was certified platinum, and spawned the hit "Alright", although it failed to match their earlier success. Most of their songs had been directed at rivals Da Youngstas, Illegal and Another Bad Creation. A third album, Young, Rich & Dangerous, was released in early 1996 and was certified gold. It spawned the two hits "Tonite's tha Night" and "Live and Die for Hip Hop". Following its run, the duo disappeared from the public eye.

The duo was rumored to be reuniting in 2007.[3] Smith recorded a solo album, 'Urbane Expressions', but it was not released. Kelly organized his own label called records.


All albums were released on Ruffhouse/Columbia Records.


Year Album Peak chart positions RIAA
1992 Totally Krossed Out
  • Released: March 17, 1992
1 1 31 7 30 33 4× Multi-Platinum
1993 Da Bomb
  • Released: August 3, 1993
13 2 Platinum
1996 Young, Rich & Dangerous
  • Released: January 9, 1996
15 2 Gold
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released


Year Album
1996 Best of Kris Kross Remixed '92 '94 '96
  • First compilation album
  • Released: November 26, 1996
1998 Gonna Make U Jump
  • Second compilation album
  • Released: April 28, 1998


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Rap US R&B US Dance UK
1992 "Jump" 1 1 2 13 2 Totally Krossed
"Warm It Up" 13 1 3 23 16
"I Missed the Bus" 63 17 29 - 57
"It's a Shame" 11 55 31
1993 "Alright" 19 1 8 40 47 Da Bomb
"I'm Real" 84 8 45
1994 "Da Bomb" (featuring Da Brat) 25 74
1995 "Tonite's tha Night" 12 1 6 Young, Rich,
& Dangerous
1996 "Live and Die for Hip Hop"
(featuring Da Brat, Aaliyah, Jermaine Dupri & Mr. Black)
72 11 36
"—" denotes the single failed to chart, or not released


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