CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013
Chris Kelly, 34, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross that had a chart-topping hit with "Jump," was pronounced dead Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. Police were called to Kelly's home in south Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon and he was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No official cause of death has been determined, pending an autopsy. Kris Kross was introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the youths at an Atlanta mall.
May 2, 2013 |
In 1992, “Jump” was nearly impossible to escape. The debut single from 1990s rap duo Kris Kross was light-years from becoming a go-to crowd mover for party DJ's when it cemented its place in pop history. It was a remarkable feat considering Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, who died Wednesday at age 34, and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith hadn't even yet brushed puberty when a barely legal Jermaine Dupri discovered them in an Atlanta mall. Dupri's vision was simple: a kid rap group. But it was the execution of "Jump," and most of their debut, that was brilliant.
February 8, 2007 |
Vivendi's Island Def Jam Music Group named Jermaine Dupri president of urban music, a new division. Dupri, a producer and songwriter, will work on records for the Island Def Jam roster and help produce recordings for all of Vivendi's Universal Music Group labels, Island Def Jam said. He will oversee all of Island's urban music operations. As a producer, Dupri has worked with such artists as Usher and Mariah Carey. He was head of urban music at Virgin Records America until last year.
October 26, 2006 |
JERMAINE DUPRI -- superproducer, rapper, and the boyfriend of Janet Jackson -- has confirmed to the Associated Press that he has quit as a top executive at Jackson's label, Virgin Records, amid disappointing sales of Jackson's new album. "Since there are so many rumors running rampant about my position at Virgin Records, I feel that it is necessary to set the record straight," Dupri said Wednesday in a statement to AP. "I was not forced out of the company; I made a decision to leave."
January 13, 2005 |
Music producers Quincy Jones and Jermaine Dupri say the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia has prompted them to postpone recording "We Are the Future," an update of the 1985 benefit song "We Are the World." "The timing is not right for us to record a song about the future when so many people have lost their lives," Dupri said in a statement. Jones and Dupri had planned to record the new song on Feb. 14 as an after-party recording session following the Grammy Awards, which will be presented Feb.
January 15, 2003 |
Arista Records, whose artist roster includes such acts as Avril Lavigne, has hired R&B veteran Jermaine Dupri as senior vice president in an effort to bolster its presence in black music. Dupri, who has produced or remixed top-selling recordings by such acts as Usher and Jay-Z, will report to Arista chief Antonio "L.A." Reid. Dupri also will record for Arista and oversee his So So Def imprint, which had been distributed previously through Columbia Records.