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Flashback Friday: Jump by Steele

This one goes out to Kriss Kross, specifically Chris “Daddy Mac” Kelly, who died this week of a presumed drug overdose.

Like many of us of a certain age, these guys for me occupy that super-specific headspace from 1992, the year Nirvana exploded along with Metallica’s black album, R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People and a rainbow spectrum of some pretty insane hip-hop that included the likes of Cypress Hill, Snow and House of Pain, just to name a few. I don’t know what was in the water, but something in mainstream music really broke wide open that year, and everyone was invited to the party.

These fellas were discovered by Jermaine Dupri, who ended up becoming a mega-hitmaker and stumbled upon them rapping in a mall. By age 13 they were famous, as famous for wearing their clothes backwards as for their song, and if you recall, they even managed to squeeze out a few more hits (“Warm It Up,” anyone?) before fading into obscurity.

And watching this now, is it me or is this actually kind of badass? I expected this to look like more of a novelty than it was, but the rhymes and delivery are surprisingly solid for a couple of tweens.



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