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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.

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The Best of Rik Mayall - Part 1

I love Rik so much and, even though today marks two weeks since his death, it’s still not getting any easier. I think I’m still in denial.  This is my therapy. <3

P.S. I got a bit carried away with the gifs.  I ended up with a lot more than I anticipated so there will be about four of these. I have nothing else to do so might as well… :)