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Funeral for Kris Kross rapper scheduled for Atlanta

Mourners are set to gather for the funeral of former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly in Atlanta.

Kelly’s funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. The 34-year-old was found dead May 1 of a suspected drug overdose.

Kriss Kross was introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer-rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair at a mall in southwest Atlanta. Kelly, who was known as “Mac Daddy,” performed alongside Chris Smith, who was known as “Daddy Mac.” The duo wore their clothes backward as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.

Their first, and by far most successful song, was the 1992 hit “Jump,” which became a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally.

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Kris Kross to reunite for one magical night

Kris Kross to reunite for one magical night

Let’s hope you got some backwards clothes for Christmas.

To celebrate the two-decade mark of his So So Def label, Jermaine Dupri held a press conference in Atlanta today, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to announce his plans to throw an anniversary concert next month — and it looks like Kris Kross scored a spot on the bill. (EW has reached out for confirmation.)

That’s right, the hip-hop duo of Chris Kelly and Chris Smith (or, as you may know them, Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac) will reunite onstage for the So So Def All-Stars Anniversary Concert, which will go down in Atlanta on Feb. 23.

Kris Kross and Dupri go way back, of course: the So So Def leader discovered the twosome at a shopping mall and introduced them to the national stage, where they’d go on to infect the early ’90s with their baggy backwards clothes and the tight hit single “Jump” — all before turning 14. The Chrises have kept pretty quiet since their 1996 album Young, Rich & Dangerous, so their one-night reunion presents a rare opportunity for fans old and new to jump, jump, jump along with the now-thirtysomethings.

Yet there’s plenty more nostalgia to be had; the event will also include performances by Xscape, Da Brat, Bow Wow, and Dupri himself. But none of those people gave us this:

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OutKast reuniting? Probably not, but there's a glimmer of hope

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Sorry Ms. Jackson — this is probably not for real.

Before the rumor mills start churning about an OutKast reunion (too late!) we need to stress that Big Boi and André 3000 have not recently shared a studio space, but they have shared a studio partner.

Each rapper separately collaborated with T.I. on two tracks that were released into the blogosphere last night: Big Boi’s “In the A,” from of his upcoming album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, and T.I.’s “Sorry,” from his own upcoming Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, features an Andre verse.

However, if you listen hard enough, you can find a glimmer of hope in André’s contribution: “This the type of s— that’ll make you call your rap partner/and say I’m sorry I’m awkward/ my fault for fu–ing up the tour.”

Well, then call him already, André! Gillette can sponsor your totally not-f—ed-up reunion tour.

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