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Remembering Chris Kelly, 1979-2013

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May 10, 2013 by The ReadyWriter


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Mourners reach out to touch the coffin of James Christopher Kelly as it is wheeled out of the Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in a recessional at the end of his funeral service on Thursday May 9, 2013, in Atlanta.

Kelly died on May 1st at a hospital after collapsing in his home from a cocaine and heroine binge the night before. A toxicology report concluding the rappers cause of death is pending. 

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Former Kris Kross member Chris Smith and his sister Jennifer Smith (pictured above), begin to weep while speaking at the funeral of Chris Kelly. Smith and Kelly rose to fame after being discovered by Jermaine Dupri at a mall in Atlanta. The group was famous for their signature clothes being worn backwards style and their biggest hit “Jump-Jump”.

Another artist on Durpi’s record label attended the services, rapper Da Brat, pictured here, with her pants worn backwards in honor of Kelly. Chris and Da Brat performed in February marking Jermaine Dupri’s record label’s twentieth anniversary celebration. Does Da Brat look like she’s going to a cook-out or is it just me?

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Jermaine Dupri (pictured below) who was of course also in attendance and wearing his jeans backwards in honor of Kelly said “Chris Kelly was like the son he never had“. Dupri was just as shocked to hear of Kelly’s death. Guess he had no clue of what his artist son was into.

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38 thoughts on “Remembering Chris Kelly, 1979-2013

  1. Pamela says:

    Somebody should have told the Da Brat that she was going to a funeral and not to the mall in 1997. She needs more people.
    My condolenses to Chris’s family an friends.

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  2. CorporateBitch says:

    Da Brat looks a HOT ASS MESS!!!
    Wonder how JD got his pants buttoned on from the back?

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    • Val says:

      Wonder how JD got his pants buttoned on from the back?
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      I was wondering the same thing.
      Who zipped ’em up for him? 😆

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  3. CorporateBitch says:

    Sad 😥 that this boy died so young.

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  4. Pinky says:

    Ugh!!! @ Da Brat <_< Side eye
    Does she just not have any proper funeral clothes? No black slacks?
    RIP Chris and Condolences to the family..

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  5. Nicole says:

    She has no respect!
    She could at least put on a damn SUIT and TIE!

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  6. Acquitta says:

    Da Brat is ignorant and ghetto and an affront to females I’m glad she never made it big dressing like a street thug to pay last respects. No damn respect even in church.

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  7. annonymous says:

    I have always thought that Da Brat was a lesbian–she just has that kind of vibe about her!

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    • AlScream says:

      I have always thought that Da Brat was a lesbian–she just has that kind of vibe about her!
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      News Flash she is a big ole hard ass lesbian! where da hell you been under a rock?

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  8. AlScream says:

    R.I.P. Chris Kelly Kriss Kross 4ever!

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  9. annonymous says:

    Da Brat and JD wore jeans so they could wear it backwards in honor of the deceased, you guys must don’t know about Kriss Kross and their style. Look closer and you will see the signature look. It is respect to the deceased, I had the same reaction until I saw her shorts backwards and then JD jeans backwards.

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    • Pinky says:

      I understand what you are saying but the manner that they did it caused them to be more center of attention than appear respectful. Wear something appropriate, even if you wanna wear it backwards dark jeans or slacks. Da Brat looks like a Garbage Pail Kid or some kind of ghetto Chucky Doll.

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      • Jamilla says:

        @anonymous,
        Certainly they could have worn anything backwards and still looked better than they look. At least JD wore a shirt, jacket and a tie but da brat smh a fuckin mess!

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      • Cameo says:

        C’mon now, Da Brat look a damn mess. Plus she have on sneakers. Just damn tacky. she ain’t tryna look like a young woman

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      • Jamilla says:

        AINT THAT MUCH HOOD IN THE WORLD GET DRESSED PAY YO RESPECTS. PERIOD.

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      • Anthony says:

        Honor is one thing and tributes should be done respectfully. And um yeah they look a mess.

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      • CEODawg says:

        Da Brat and JD wore jeans so they could wear it backwards in honor of the deceased.
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        No excuse they could of did better.

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      • BBallen says:

        Da Brat and JD wore jeans so they could wear it backwards in honor of the deceased.
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        at least JD had a shirt, tie and jacket on but Da Brat look like a stone cold bum.

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      • Lexy says:

        That backwards look is so stupid

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  10. RandomChick says:

    My heart is kind of broken. I so loved Kris Kross as a kid… Had a huge crush on them. Loved the music. Sad…

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  11. Ashanti says:

    This was very unfortunate but may he rest in peace and may his family and friends find strength and clarity from this.
    BTW. Wow!!! Da Brat looks bad y’all.

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  12. Bobby says:

    Soooo sad and so young RIP

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  13. Cameo says:

    Come on Brat, if you gonna pay your respects, do it respectfully!

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  14. Anthony says:

    This is so sad! Their last performance was so good. Also, the other Chris is known in Atlanta to be on drugs bad too. I hope he sobers up now.
    R.I.P.

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  15. CEODawg says:

    So that was the best thing Da Brat could find to wear to a funeral?

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  16. Yvonne says:

    Da Brat and Jermaine should have dressed more approriately for a funeral and not like they were going to the club. They are 40-somethings that should know better, even Chris wore a nice suit instead of using his attire as a “tribute”. Brat has been really eating since being sprung from prison.
    Rest in paradise Chris.

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  17. Tammy says:

    The brat looks a EVERLASTING mess!

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  18. Coco says:

    This made me tear up…….I know JD and Chris Smith were in pieces.
    May he R.I.P.

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  19. Lisa says:

    So sad R.I.P

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  20. Danny says:

    Weren’t they like one hit wonders?

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  21. BigBoy says:

    R.I.P Chris

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  22. Tamala says:

    did the boy at least have a girlfriend?

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    • BBallen says:

      did the boy at least have a girlfriend?
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      He had a habit a girlfriend didn’t matter. when you have a drug habit getting that next hit is all that matters.

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  23. Lexy says:

    Yes Da Brat looks a mess.

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  24. Val says:

    Him and “Da Brat” were wearing jeans. I think its incredibly disrespectful to wear jeans to a funeral.

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  25. Cameo says:

    Don’t they realize how stupid they look?

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  26. WandaB says:

    It was stupid then its stupid now.

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  27. HarlemGirl says:

    That’s pathetic. Not only do you wear your pants backwards but you didn’t even have the decency to wear dress pants. A damn disgrace!

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