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On this day in music history: April 25, 1992 - “Jump” by Kris Kross hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on May 23, 1992. Written and produced by Jermaine Dupri, it will be the debut release and biggest hit for the Atlanta, GA rap duo. In 1990, friends Chris Kelly and Chris Smith are discovered by producer Jermaine Dupri at a shopping mall in their native Atlanta. Dupri is at the mall with the rap duo Silk Tymes Leather who he is producing. The boys come up and ask them for an autograph when the young producer asks if they are a group themselves. When they say they’re not, Dupri is impressed enough with their natural charisma that believes that he can make them stars if he produces a record on them. He keeps in touch with them before beginning record them. Dupri’s father Michael Mauldin, an executive at Columbia Records gives the young duo their name, dubbing them Kris Kross after the look that Dupri has cultivated for them wearing their baggy clothes backwards. They cut a demo that includes the track “Lil Boys In Da Hood”. The song attracts the attention of Ruffhouse Records founder Joe Nicolo, who signs them to the Columbia Records distributed label. Released in early February, the single initially languishes for its first month in stores until it receives an unexpected boost after the duo performs the song on the March 29, 1992 episode of “In Living Color”. Entering the Hot 100 at #61 on April 4, 1992, it rockets to the top of the chart just three weeks later. The huge runaway success of the single driving Kris Kross’ debut album “Totally Krossed Out” to the top of the pop and R&B album charts and to sales of 4x Platinum in the US. The duo record two more albums “Da Bomb” and “Young, Rich & Dangerous” in 1993 and 1996, both of which achieve Gold or Platinum sales. Kris Kross break up shortly after their third album, attempting solo careers. They reunite in early 2013 for a twentieth anniversary concert for their former label So So Def Records, planning a reunion afterward. Sadly, on the eve of the tour, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly dies of an accidental drug overdose on May 1, 2013, twenty one years and one week after “Jump tops the pop singles chart. He is only thirty four years old at the time of his death. "Jump” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

To make up for the super blurry video yesterday. We got a surprise session in tonight and decided to add more to this drop, haha. Still working it very slow so that we can get the mechanics locked in. I feel like up to speed is going to be easier because controlling all that is actually quite hard.

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Paper Doll Militia’s duo silks piece, Unhinged

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“Unhinged” Paper Doll Militia

I think this is definitely one of my fav routines

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOGUMkafZS8)

Here is our full routine! 

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Wow, this is a performance we did our sophmore year of high school so about 4 years ago. We were just starting to do doubles. This was only our third performance together and the rigging was a bit lower than we liked so we were limited but there are some fun little moves in this video.
There are way more in the doubles arena for silks artists and if I get some partner action goin’ soon, I will make sure to take photos and post them!

~Sophia

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For “itsinmynature”…Here’s the last performance I did with my silks partner who is now in New York. I’ll upload maybe one or two more. Let me know if this helped!