News: Kriss Kross' Chris Kelly Has Everyone "Jump" At Public Wake, Media Banned

Thursday, May 9, 2013 2:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The legacy of Kriss Kross' Chris Kelly was reportedly in full effect this week as reports claim the group's iconic "Jump" instrumental anthem played during his public wake in Georgia.

According to reports, the public funeral took place in the late rapper's Atlanta hometown and was open-casket yesterday (May 8).

Chris Kelly's public wake is under way at a funeral home in Atlanta, GA ... where mourners were greeted with an instrumental version of "Jump" ... TMZ has learned. Friends and family members have been paying their respects to the Kris Kross rapper at the open-casket event all day long -- while final preparations are made for tomorrow's public funeral. Although Chris kept faithful to his pants-backward style his entire adult life, his burial trousers were forward ... he was dressed in a black suit, white shirt and pink tie, sporting earrings and a goatee. (TMZ)

Details on the casket's design have also surfaced online.

Inside the casket, on a sign attached to the coffin lid, read the words: "Cause that's what I was born to do ..." lyrics from the Kris Kross hit "Warm It Up." The casket was flanked by photos of Chris and Daddy Mac in their heyday. No media were allowed inside, though the viewing was open to the public ... one vehicle rolled up with "Jump" blaring out the windows ... a few local news trucks were parked outside ... but otherwise it's been a quiet affair. A small group of family and close friends planned to gather later on at Chris's house. (TMZ)

Last week, So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri inked an open letter on his protégé's passing.

"To the world Chris was MacDaddy but to me, he was a son I never had, as much as you may think I taught him, he taught me, god has blessed me to be in the presence of so many naturally talented people, and Chris was one. his understanding of what we set out to do, from day one was always on point. his passion for the music, his love for doing shows, his want to better than everyone else, was always turnt up. when I think about it I spent more time with Chris than damn near anybody in my whole life, so you can imagine how bad this hurts. I will always love you Chris, and I will never let the world forget you, may god bless your soul" (XXL Mag)

While the public wake took place Wednesday, the actual funeral is set for today (May 9).

Funeral services are planned next week in Atlanta for former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly, who was found dead in his home from a possible drug overdose. Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta confirmed Saturday that it will hold a public viewing for Kelly throughout the afternoon and evening Wednesday. (Fox News)

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