May 2nd, 2013
10:16 AM ET
Even those who aren't that familiar with the rap duo Kris Kross know a line or two from their single "Jump."
That's not only because it was a massive success, having spent eight weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, but it's also one of the songs that most readily calls to mind the '90s.
The pair who made up Kris Kross, Chris Smith and the late Chris Kelly, were just 13 when they got started, but their music and their style became a defining point for the decade. (Leave a comment if you, too, tried to wear your clothes backwards like they did.)
So as fans mourned the death of Kelly, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 34, many referenced the song's lyrics as well as the pairing's often imitated style.
"Hard to believe," one CNN reader wrote. "Seemed like yesterday when this duo was a big hit in junior high. All the kids were wearing their pants backwards and trying to 'jump, jump!'"
"Man so many memories of Kris Kross growing up I wanted to be like them," said another.
Others remembered how relatable Kris Kross was, pointing out another favorite track, "I Missed the Bus":
On Twitter, celebrities and media personalities remarked on the impact Kelly and Kris Kross had on music:
The Deftones also paid tribute to Kelly at their show in St. Louis on Wednesday, performing a cover of "Jump":
Kelly and Smith had just performed the cut themselves in February, at label So So Def's 20th anniversary all-star concert:
Warm it up? It was what Kelly was born to do.
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