The rap world was left shocked and saddened when news broke about the death of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, one-half of the rap duo Kris Kross, late last night. Despite his short, yet pivotal success in the early ’90s, there’s surprisingly very little known about the man we used to refer to as Mac Daddy. Like what had he been doing all these years after Kris Kross? Was he battling cancer at some point in his life? How exactly did Jermaine Dupri discover him and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith? You can find the answers to all of these questions along with more interesting facts about the late Chris Kelly in our round up below.
1) Mall Discovery
Mega-producer Jermaine Dupri discovered Chris Kelly and his buddy Chris Smith at an Atlanta mall while the two were playing video games at the age of 13 years-old. The two had no idea who he was and at the time, but were keen on the idea of becoming rap stars.
2) Rap Skillz
Prior to being discovered, Kelly had never rapped a day in his life.