The funeral service for Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly of Nineties rap duo Kris Kross is scheduled for next Thursday in his hometown of Atlanta, the Associated Press reports. It will be preceded by a public viewing on Wednesday afternoon and evening at Murray Brothers Funeral Home. Kelly was pronounced dead at Atlanta Medical Center on May 1st from a suspected overdose at age 34.
Kelly and the other half of Kris Kross, Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith, were disovered in an Atlanta shopping mall by Jermaine Dupri when they were just 12 and 13 years old. Dupri has said of his loss that Kelly was "a son I never had." Kris Kross – also known for their fun-loving and trendsetting style of wearing their clothes backwards – landed the hit "Jump" and a Number One album, Totally Krossed Out, in 1992. They continued to record and perform to lesser success through the mid-Nineties and reunited last February to perform for the 20th anniversary celebration of Dupri's So So Def label.