When I read Steve Bogira‘s excellent cover story about a local teacher suspended for using the N-word in class, I was reminded of a used LP I recently picked up at Reckless: Da Bomb by Kriss Kross. You remember them, right? Chris Kelly (aka Mac Daddy) and Chris Smith (aka Daddy Mac), the Atlanta duo best known for the kid-friendly 1992 rap jam “Jump”? The group that’s reuniting next month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jermaine Dupri’s label, So So Def Recordings?
Anyway. “Jump” lit up the charts, and for a decade it was a go-to song for bar and bat mitzvahs and middle-school dances. But rather than repeating their successful formula for the follow-up to Totally Krossed Out, Kriss Kross transformed their style so that they sometimes barely resembled the group people had come to love.