"At that time, young rappers weren't really being respected in the business. I would say humbly that we opened the doors for a lot of young rappers in the business today. Cause it's not really a new thing now, all you see is young rappers. I think we opened the doors, at least we were one of the first to open the doors for young rappers to get that respect"
Chris Smith AKA Daddy Mac of Kris Kross
When you reflect on the 90's, there definitely was no shortage of young rappers to hit the scene and left their mark on the industry. While Kris Kross may not have been the first but they definitely made the biggest splash and their legacy is far reaching until this day. The success of acts featuring minors like Immature, Da Youngsta's, 3-T, Lil Vicious and So For Real along with others others were somewhere along the line aided directly or indirectly by Mac Daddy & Daddy Mac and their backwards clothes fashion statement.
Kris Kross garnered a great deal of respect from the industry and by doing so shifted the spotlight towards the attention of young people and their skills. Here is just a sample some of their accomplishments:
Their smash hit "Jump", which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and certified double platinum as a single becoming the first rap song to have achieved so long a run at the top at 11 and 12 years oldTheir debut album, Totally Krossed Out was released March 31 that year and sold four million copies in the U.SToured with Michael Jackson across Europe in 1992
Chris Smith AKA Daddy Mac was a guest on Down With The Kings and reflected on the legacy of Kris Kross, the passing of best friend Chris Kelly (Mac Daddy) and what is was like to tour with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
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