Kris Kross’ Mac Daddy Explains Why He Still Wears His Pants Backwards
Kris Kross members Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith
Kris Kross members Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith will be reuniting on stage on February 23 in Atlanta for the 20th reunion of Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def. Their 1992 debut, Totally Krossed Out, was certified quadruple platinum and spanned the No. 1 hit “Jump.”
Hip Hop Media Training recently spoke to Chris Kelly to find out what he’s been up to since the group released its last album, Young, Rich & Dangerous, in 1996; why he still wears his pants backwards, what prompted Kris Kross’ beef with Another Bad Creation, and how they discovered Da Brat. Kelly also offered commentary on some of the other most popular kid rappers of all time.
See the Q&A below with Kelly.
Hip Hop Media Training: What have you been up to over the years? I heard you went to school to be a music engineer? What made you do that?
Chris Kelly: I just wanted to do something different. Get more on the technical side of things than just being an artist, and produce. I just wanted to be [the] all around best I could be as far as doing everything.
So is it true that the upcoming Kris Kross show is not the beginning of a Kris Kross comeback?
We just doing this one show and gone see how it goes.
Have you and Chris Smith been in communication the whole time?
Me and him, we have our times when we don’t talk and our times that we do talk. But if it’s any time that I needed him or needed to reach him it was never a problem.
Kris Kross was known for wearing their pants backwards. Where did that come from?
It was kind of a collective idea. We was all just sitting around thinking of something to do different. It probably could have been Jermaine that said, “Hey let’s put our pants on backwards.” I was the first one to do it, and I’m still the last one to still be doing it. We went to the mall and got so much attention. We was like, “Ok, this is it.’” And it just went from there.
How uncomfortable was it to wear your pants backwards?
I don’t know. Everybody always ask me that. But you have to understand I’ve been wearing my pants backwards for 21 years. Really since ‘91 ‘cause we started a year before we even came out with a record. When I wake up that’s how my pants get put on.