I JUST saw Kris Kross back in February at the SoSo Def 20th Anniversary concert. They opened the show with "Warm It Up" and "Jump" and the whole crowd immediately got super hyped. It was like the 90s all over again.
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly passed away last night at the far too young age of 34. Early reports say he died from a possible overdose and everything in me hopes that's not true. My heart hopes that with the group poised on the cusp of a comeback, his life was not cut short due to poor choices.
I feel like fame and fortune are a double edged sword. And too often people don't know how to handle them. God help you if all you have in your corner are "Yes Men" who will co-sign on everything you do so that they can ride the wave of celebrity rather than tell you you're coasting/driving/screaming toward disaster.
I'm sure I could sit here and speculate and wax poetic about how his "real friends" would have tried to help him. But truth is, I didn't know Chris Kelly. And I didn't know his life. So rather than be a judgmental, anonymous face on the internet, I'll instead be a fan who is sad for the loss of life and talent, who prays that his family and friends will have the strength to endure this time and I will sit back and play some Kris Kross songs and remember when EVERYONE was trying to wear their pants to the back with a little slack.