2013 R.I.P.

One half of hip-hop duo Kriss Kross
Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly One half of hip-hop duo Kriss Kross

Martial artist and actor
Jim Kelly Martial artist and actor

George Duke  Jazz/Fusion legend
George Duke Jazz/Fusion legend

Nelson Mandela Activist revolutionary and former president of South Africa
Nelson Mandela Activist revolutionary and former president of South Africa

Richie Havens  Folk singer and opening act at Woodstock
Richie Havens Folk singer and opening act at Woodstock

Cordell "Boogie" Mosson Bass player for Parliament/Funkadelic
Cordell “Boogie” Mosson Bass player for Parliament/Funkadelic

 Donald Byrd Jazz/R&B legend and jazz educator

Donald Byrd Jazz/R&B legend and jazz educator

 Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Vocalist, guitarist, writer and producer for The Ohio Players
Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner
Vocalist, guitarist, writer and producer for The Ohio Players

Bobby "Blue" Bland  Modern blues singer
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Modern blues singer

Albert Murray Jazz critic and author
Albert Murray Jazz critic and author

Yusef Lateef Jazz musician
Yusef Lateef Jazz musician




R.I.P. Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly

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Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly passed today at his Atlanta home of a drug overdose. Kelly was one-half of the early ’90’s hip-hop duo Kriss Kross that was known for their song “Jump” and wearing their clothes backwards. Jermaine Dupri discovered them at a shopping mall and signed them to his So So Def record label. The success of their debut album Totally Krossed Out earned them a spot on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour, television appearances and their own video game. They created two more albums that had the singles, “Alright,” “Tonight’s tha Night” and “Live and Die For Hip-Hop.” The duo split apart only finally reuniting onstage at the 2013 So So Def 20th Anniversary Celebration.