I despise using the word epic because it is so overused and annoyingly corny, but that word somehow fits how I would describe the 90′s hip hop duo Kris Kross. Come on, you remember them, right? Backwards clothing? Pint-sized rappers? Well, it was back in 1992 that the young tweens teamed up with Jermaine Dupri to present to us the legendary ‘Jump’ and the pretty infectious Totally Krossed Out album. Come on now, don’t dog the legendary status because you KNOW that Kris Kross was just that in the 90′s. This week’s 90′s rewind is yes, THAT song. The Mac Daddy make ya!
It was back in April (1992) of this week in history that Kris Kross landed their first Billboard Hot 100 single. Yes, THEIR song hit number one what you probably didn’t know that their song ‘Jump’ stayed on top of those charts for EIGHT weeks. Now if that isn’t legendary! The song was released off of Kris Kross’s debut album Totally Krossed Out. Yep, the one with the cover that changed my life during that time in music. Not only was Kris Kross one of the first groups I would take a pen and paper and write the lyrics down by utilizing the STOP and REWIND buttons on my boom box, but they also influenced the way I dressed. Yes, they were totally influential as well…at least for a teen like myself at the time.
Other accolades this particular song brought to Kris Kross was over four million copies sold and number ones in Australia and New Zealand. Not too bad!
And if you recall, this period of time was a great one for girl group En Vogue. However, it was Kris Kross that kept the girls’ song ‘My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)’ from snagging up a number one with this very song.
Another memorable moment for this group was that they got to open for the King of Pop while he was touring in Europe. Not too shabby!
Take a trip down memory lane. Heck, put your pants on backwards just for the nostalgia.
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