The former child star passed away last week after a suspected drug overdose
A number of mourners are reported to have attended Chris Kelly‘s funeral in Atlanta wearing their trousers on backwards, as a tribute to the late Kris Kross rapper.
Kelly and his Kris Kross partner Chris Smith were notorious for wearing their clothing backwards at the height of their fame in the early 1990s. Their biggest hit was their 1992 album ‘Totally Krossed Out’ and the multi-million selling single ‘Jump’.
Kelly’s funeral took place earlier today (May 9) at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. The service was livestreamed by celebrity site TMZ. TMZ noted that number of mourners – including the band’s mentor Jermaine Dupri and rapper Da Brat – wore their trousers on backwards to the service. Chris Smith took to the podium to make an emotional speech during the service. He said: “My life… it ain’t ever gonna be the same, but I just hope our legacy for hip-hop is never forgotten. I’m gonna do my part to make sure Chris’ legacy will live on.”
Kelly was found “unresponsive” at his home in Atlanta last week and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. It has been reported that the rapper died after taking a mixture of heroin and cocaine the night before his death. The rapper’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratt, apparently told police that her son had taken a ‘speedball’. He was 34.
Deftones paid tribute to the rapper by covering the Kris Kross hit single ‘Jump’. The band performed a cover of the song at their show in St Louis on May 1, mashing it up with their own track ‘Engine No 9’.