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Family, Friends Gather for Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly's Funeral

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"To the world he was Kriss Kross, but to us he was just Chris," the late rapper's uncle said.

Mourners are set to gather for the funeral of former Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly in Atlanta.

Kelly's funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. The 34-year-old was found dead May 1 of a suspected drug overdose.

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On Wednesday, family and friends began gathering at an Atlanta funeral home. An uncle of late rapper said his nephew was a good person who loved his family and was very devoted to his mother and grandmother.

"He will be very missed, especially within our family," Lemar Williams said outside the Murray Brothers Funeral Home. "To the world he was Kris Kross, but to us he was just Chris."

Kriss Kross was introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer-rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair at a mall in southwest Atlanta. Kelly, who was known as "Mac Daddy," performed alongside Chris Smith, who was known as "Daddy Mac." The duo wore their clothes backward as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.

Their first, and by far most successful song, was the 1992 hit "Jump," which became a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally.