Jermaine Dupri was just 19 when he discovered pint-sized hip-hop duo Kris Kross in Atlanta – not all that much older than Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith were. Word yesterday of Kelly's death at 34, of a suspected drug overdose, hit Dupri like a death in the family.
"To the world Chris was Mac Daddy but to me, he was a son I never had," wrote Dupri, who produced their debut, Totally Krossed Out, which included the number one hit, "Jump." "His understanding of what we set out to do, from day one, was always on point," Dupri continued. "His passion for the music, his love for doing shows, his want to better than everyone else, was always turnout up."
Read on to see the reactions to Kelly's death from members of the music community including Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Questlove and Big Boi.
This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Jermaine Dupri: Kris Kross' Chris Kelly 'Was a Son I Never Had'