They can't rhyme like this...
For those who don't know who he was, Chris Kelly was 1/2 of the group Kris Kross from the early 90's. They were the boys with the pants to the back. The anti-Another Bad Creation. Two little kids with a flow that was never heard.
Though he was no longer in the limelight, this death struck me. This was differently from all the other stars who 'shined brighter'. I mean, I never thought they'd continue to make music and transition from child stars to adult hip-hop artists (but who's to say that it couldn't have happened). I was under no delusion that the duo would ever make another another album. It struck me because regardless of wether they were liked or respected for what they did, they were an icon of my youth. Their music marked moments in my personal timeline. Reminded me of good times. Made me smile with the memories.
90's music had eras. Eras where groups and labels just dominated. Bad Boy, No Limit, Def Jam, Missy and Tim - they all had their moments. And Kris Kross were a major part of the So-So Def era. They had an impact, however distant and far and small it may seem now.
The two never seemed like they transitioned out of the world's eye very well to me. Seemed like life had been hard on him especially. I dunno. This one has me feeling some kind of way......It's a shame.