Kris Kross

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Kris Kross

Kris Kross, 1996. Chris Smith and Chris Kelly.
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1990–1998
2013-present
LabelsSo So Def/Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Associated actsDa Brat
Jermaine Dupri
Super Cat
Michael Jackson
TLC
 
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Kris Kross

Kris Kross, 1996. Chris Smith and Chris Kelly.
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1990–1998
2013-present
LabelsSo So Def/Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Associated actsDa Brat
Jermaine Dupri
Super Cat
Michael Jackson
TLC

Kris Kross was an American rap duo of the 1990s comprising Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith. The duo are best known for their hit 1992 song "Jump", which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and was certified double platinum as a single. Kris Kross was also noted for their fashion style, which consisted of wearing their clothing backwards. The duo sang the "Rugrats Rap" for Nickelodeon that was released as extras on some Nickelodeon VHS Tapes starting in 1994, and was finally released on CD on The Best of Nicktoons in 1998, and was released as an extra on the Rugrats: Decade in Diapers Collectors Edition DVD in 2002.

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Career

Atlanta natives Kelly (born June 11, 1978) and Smith (born January 10, 1979) were discovered in 1990 by 18-year-old Jermaine Dupri at an Atlanta shopping mall.[1][2] Along with Dupri they signed a deal with Ruffhouse Records, and recorded their debut album Totally Krossed Out. Entirely produced by Dupri, Totally Krossed Out, was released March 31, 1992 and sold four million copies in the U.S. 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 World Tour, as well as a cameo appearance on Jackson's "Jam" music video. The music videos from their own album also experienced major success. The video for "Jump", directed by filmmaker Rich Murray went to No. 1 on MTV and sold over 100,000 copies as a VHS 'video single' and the video for their follow-up single "Warm It Up", also directed by Murray won a Billboard video award for "Best New Artist". 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, and the closing musical act on May 29, 1992 episode of In Living Color.

In 1992, a video game 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".[3]

Kris Kross recorded the "Rugrats Rap" for Rugrats and for Nickelodeon, that was released in 1994 as extras on some Nickelodeon VHS Tapes, and was finally released on CD in 1998, on The Best of Nicktoons CD. The Rugrats Rap is available on the Rugrats Chuckie the Brave VHS, Harriet the Spy VHS, The Best of Nicktoons CD which is a compilation album of theme songs and other material from several Nicktoons that was released by Nickelodeon and Kid Rhino in 1998, Rugrats: Decade in Diapers Collectors Edition DVD, and Youtube.

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".

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
US R&B
[5]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
SWE
[8]
UK
[9]
1992Totally Krossed Out117333031
1993Da Bomb
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: August 3, 1993
  • Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
132
1996Young, Rich & Dangerous
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: January 9, 1996
  • Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
152
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Remix albums

YearAlbum details
1996Best of Kris Kross Remixed '92 '94 '96
  • First remix album
  • Release date: November 26, 1996
  • Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records

Compilation albums

YearAlbum details
1998Gonna Make U Jump
  • First compilation album
  • Release date: April 28, 1998
  • Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia Records

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[12]
US Rap
[13]
US R&B
[14]
US Dance
[15]
AUS
[16]
SWE
[17]
UK
[9]
1992"Jump"11213122Totally Krossed Out
"Warm It Up"131323213416
"I Missed the Bus"63172957
"It's a Shame"115531
1993"Alright"19184047Da Bomb
"I'm Real"84845
1994"Da Bomb" (with Da Brat)2574
1995"Tonite's tha Night"1216Young, Rich, & Dangerous
1996"Live and Die for Hip Hop"721136
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References

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  3. ^ "EGM's Crapstravaganza: The 20 Worst Games of All Time". Seanbaby.com. http://www.seanbaby.com/nes/egm18.htm. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  4. ^ "Kris Kross Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/kris-kross/chart-history/1046?f=305&g=Albums. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "Kris Kross Album & Song Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/kris-kross/chart-history/1046?f=333&g=Albums. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. http://www.australian-charts.com/search.asp?search=kris+kross&cat=a. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  7. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40". austriancharts.at. http://www.austriancharts.at/search.asp?search=kris+kross&cat=a. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  8. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". swedishcharts.com. http://www.swedishcharts.com/search.asp?search=kris+kross&cat=a. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Kris Kross". chartstats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=6525. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum". Canadian Recording Industry Association. http://www.cria.ca/goldplat.php. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  11. ^ a b c "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - September 19, 2010: Kris Kross certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Kris%20Kross&format=ALBUM&go=Search&perPage=50. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  12. ^ "Kris Kross Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/kris-kross/chart-history/1046. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  13. ^ "allmusic ((( Kris Kross > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p59/charts-awards/billboard-singles. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  14. ^ "Kris Kross Album & Song Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/kris-kross/chart-history/1046?f=367&g=Singles. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  15. ^ "Kris Kross Album & Song Chart History - Dance/Club Songs". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/kris-kross/chart-history/1046?f=359&g=Singles. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  16. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. http://www.australian-charts.com/search.asp?cat=s&search=kris+kross. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  17. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". swedishcharts.com. http://www.swedishcharts.com/search.asp?cat=s&search=kris+kross. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  18. ^ a b c d e "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - September 19, 2010: Kris Kross certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Kris%20Kross&format=SINGLE&go=Search&perPage=50. Retrieved September 19, 2010.

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