A #TBT in honor of Chris Kelly
May 2nd, 2013
10:16 AM ET

A #TBT in honor of Chris Kelly

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.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=010KyIQjkTk?rel=0&w=420&h=315%5D

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":

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tr8KRqyGJk?rel=0&w=420&h=315%5D

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":

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyWzlk9z1XM?feature=player_embedded&w=640&h=360%5D

Kelly and Smith had just performed the cut themselves in February, at label So So Def's 20th anniversary all-star concert:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCLXChS2eBQ?rel=0&w=450&h=315%5D

Warm it up? It was what Kelly was born to do.

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  1. Yes that's them Officer.


    May 7, 2013 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shibidees


    May 7, 2013 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. DestroyTomorrowMorning

    Rest in peace.

    May 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mandy and bed's last photo together before the facility...

    talented ...

    May 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ally

    R.I.P!!! Your music definded the 90's...I used to want to wear my clothes backwards to school......gone too soon but never fogotten!!

    May 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |


    May 6, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |


    May 6, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. The Stick Movie

    too bad these 2 friends broke up....love bed and sunday

    May 6, 2013 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |

    I enjoyed the music they made; it was made for a 13-15 year olds. You adults need to remember what it was like being a kid. Life was simple (like missing the bus). For those that take the time to be negative on here.........wow. It astonishes me that people can only think of something negative to say regardless if it was a one hit wonder group or they are still on the top of the charts after twenty years. They accomplished something most of the NEGATIVE people never will....fame. So I hope you realize that the negativity you puke out of your pie hole just makes you look like hater on a dead guy..........and even dead he's probably worth more than you......I guess your jealous mental state at not being talked about on the news bugs you.....well get used to it because when you die NO NEW's will report it. I know he can't see this either......RIP C Kelly and my condolences to the family, friends and fans that truly miss him.

    May 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hair too


    May 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Enemy--All Papers down...Easier for coch


    May 4, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. star wells

    I very sad to loose one of the youngter this year – my blessing goes out to hit fam .

    May 3, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. ignore bed..she's another polar..thanks.

    rest in peace..

    May 3, 2013 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mas Snomis

    Oh,what terrible loss.......another member of our Lamest Generation taken away......

    May 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OverhearThe Conversations Kock--Nobody there--see how set up is so easy?

    rip dear.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sokman

    Kris Kros was cool for about 7 minutes if you were 15 or younger. 34 is way too early, but if it was an od as assumed, this guy should not be glorified but rather used as an example of what not to do with yourself

    May 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Miss Gunn 3

    you should have never started with Rocky...you see she's quiet now...you didn't know her in the 80's...if she has too get back too being in the 80's mode....she will.

    May 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. confirmed--hard evidence states madonna never did anything corrupt to these people..

    she can pass a test right now....let her know...oh yea...that's right YOUR JUST CORRUPT COWARDS.

    May 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. 3 Coward Has Beens

    has beens but rest in peace too chris.

    May 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  20. rocky50

    band flopped 10-12 years ago...

    May 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Bill

    It's always sad when anyone does, especially so young, but I don't get why this is such big news? The kids were a one or two-hit wonder twenty or so years ago and made no real contribution to music, society, or anything really. Can we talk about something else now?

    May 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • markus

      If you want to discuss something else you could start by not clicking on the article in the first place.

      May 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |

      I'll never understand what people like you mean by "big news". It's a link (that you clicked on) just like every other link that you passed up when you chose this one.

      May 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. cruise all the others filed for coward use right?

    May 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. 53=Find out what that means....Thanks


    May 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Toshiba Vacation

    looks like that big hipped musician again.....

    May 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  25. 3 Hoe Cowards...

    are you ready for an abuse exam? I would start studying -

    May 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Where are you coward? Its easy through a computer you don't have to look at the band.

    May 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bank Account Hacking--Looking like a Coward Move Right?

    May 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rigged Twitters...Is that you coward?

    looking like it

    May 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |

    i can pass a test right now....can you? No

    May 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Everybody knows you rigged the emails at the office...

    love this show

    May 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. The Real Peace...a criminal is a jealous coward...

    worst band in history

    May 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Your bro willing to pass a lie detector test about the supremes....

    band sucks

    May 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Credit Report...With Madonna's Social Security Number Right?


    May 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. California-Helping You?

    great band

    May 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Paul

    What the hell is an aluminum falcon... err.. #TBT?

    May 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  36. m1234

    Another druggie singer ods on drugs and now he was important.
    Evidently not very.

    May 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. 35 years old

    what a shame

    May 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Its all gonna the same band anyway...except 1 name


    May 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Peace ☮

    34 yrs old, what a shame.

    May 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Sara

    #TBT is Throwback Thursday. Thanks Google and not CNN for the definition.

    May 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  41. mrdenali

    wow. a tribute to a one hit wonder. nah...

    May 2, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • DefiantOne

      #1 rap songs by this "one hit wonder":

      "Jump" #1 – 1992
      "Warm It Up" #1 – 1992
      "Alright" – #1 1993
      "Tonite's tha Night" – #1 1995

      IIt is better to be silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

      May 2, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • mrdenali

      Oh sorry. A few hits. Let me rephrase. A tribute to a druggie? Seems to be an ongoing trend.

      May 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • That's so cute...

      I love it when people read an article about someone they don't know/care about and then make a lame coment like:
      "wow. a tribute to a one hit wonder. nah..." and don't forget "Oh sorry. A few hits. Let me rephrase. A tribute to a druggie? Seems to be an ongoing trend."

      We know misery loves company, but that must be a sad life to live. Poor mrdenali 🙁

      May 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bi Polar Jealousy

      the name will show up here also list as crap group

      May 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrdenali

      We know misery loves company, but that must be a sad life to live. Poor mrdenali .

      Yet you took the time to join in the misery. That makes you a hypocrite.
      Seems like all these druggies are getting all the attention and the pity parties. no one cared about kriss kross in like 20 years. They were miserable once their fame was gone. So get over it.

      May 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Clarity

    What the heck is a #TBT? I'm guessing it's some social network thing, but perhaps a news site shouldn't use jargon and slang in its stories? Especially ones it doesn't bother to explain.

    May 2, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  43. James PDX

    Unless I'm like 5 years old, the day I wear my clothes backwards because some musician is doing it is the day I hope I die. That being said, condolences to the family. That's way too young to die.

    May 2, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  44. SAyJAy

    I always have "Warm it up Kris" Jump" and "I missed the Bus" on my I pod..........my 5 year knows the words.....reminds me of junior high dances! R.I.P Chris 🙁

    May 2, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  45. Booger

    Hmmm I don't get it.

    May 2, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  46. michelle prada


    May 2, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |

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