Kris Kross “Jump”

Kris Kross “Jump”: The Mac Daddy and The Daddy Mac are both Atlanta natives who had known each other since the 1st grade. 19 year old Jermaine Dupri discovered the two in an Atlanta shopping mall in 1991. Dupri and the group inked deals with Ruffhouse Records and took to the studio for their debut album “Totally Krossed out”. The album dropped on March 31st 1992, was produced solely by JD, and sold 4 million copies. The hit debut single “Jump” was released February 6th 1992 and quickly became the first rap song to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 8 weeks. When the year ended “Jump” was the 3rd bestselling song in the US in 1992 with sales of $2,079,000. No other rap song had topped the charts for that length of time. The song also created a stir internationally by topping the charts in Switzerland and Australia. The two were just 12 & 13 years old when they recorded the song which JD wrote and produced. Jermaine used samples from The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”, Ohio Players “Funky Worm”, The Honey Dippers “Impeach the President”, Manzel “Midnight Theme”, James Brown “Escape-Ism”, Schoolly D “Saturday Night” and Naughty by Nature “O.P.P.”. The video was very popular as well and was directed by Rich Murray, it went to No 1 on MTV selling over 100,000 copies on VHS.


The single propelled the two into super stardom and soon they toured with Michael Jackson on the European Dangerous World Tour through the end of 1992. They also made a cameo on MJ’s video for “Jam” in 1991, and appearances on “Down with the King” by Run-D.M.C. in 1993, “Hat 2 Da Back” by TLC in 1992. They also were on an episode of “A Different World” and “In Living Color”. They even starred in their own video game “Kris Kross: Make My Video” in 1992 for Sega. The duo last performed together @ So So Def’s 20th Anniversary in 2013. Not long after Chris Kelly passed away from a drug overdose @ 34. The pair will forever be remembered for wearing their suspenders backwards while yelling “Jump, Jump”.

Johnny V

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