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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | September 2, 1992
For most 13-year-olds, September means only one thing: the start of a new school year. And frankly, a lot of them would just as soon be somewhere else.But not Chris Smith and Chris Kelly. Better known as "Daddy Mack" and "Mack Daddy" of Kris Kross fame, the two Chrisses will spend this September on the road, playing their first-ever concert dates in the United States. (In fact, the tour officially starts with this evening's show at Pier Six, though the duo did a rehearsal performance in Norfolk, Va., last night)
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August 11, 2001
Soundtrack to film by Carey delayed First the opening date of Mariah Carey's movie was postponed; now the release of her soundtrack has been delayed. Glitter was expected to hit stores Aug. 21, but Virgin Records now plans to release the soundtrack Sept. 11. The movie Glitter, starring Carey as an aspiring pop star, was to open nationwide Aug. 31, but 20th Century Fox moved it this week to Sept. 21. Both projects were postponed after the 31-year-old Grammy winner suffered an emotional breakdown last month.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | April 10, 1992
TOTALLY KROSSED OUTKris Kross (Ruffhouse/Columbia 48710) Pre-teen rappers are usually portrayed as precocious cuties, pint-sized rhymers who play at rap the way other kids play with toys. But even though both Kris Smith and Kris Kelly are rapping at the tender age of 12, the music Kris Kross makes on "Totally Krossed Out" is surprisingly hardcore. That's not to say these youngsters come off as gangsta wannabe's, as the tough talk of "Can't Stop the Bum Rush" hardly overshadows the sobering message of "Lil' Boys in Da Hood" or "Real Bad Dream."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 23, 1993
Can it be any coincidence that the title "Who's the Man?" subtly alludes to the great Bud Abbott and Lou Costello routine, "Who's on first?" The similarities go further: Dr. Dre and Ed Lover, the hosts of "Yo! MTV Raps," in some ways actually reflect the physical typology that Bud and Lou so vivdlyrepresented.The doc is short and not unblessed with avoirdupois. He is, in short, fat as a couple of cabooses. Yet in his bulk is not strength or fury but an amazing placidity; insult him and he just sits there, absorbing the barbs like a St. Sebastian pricked with arrows but shielded by heavenly grace.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | September 3, 1992
Back before the Jackson Five made it to the big time, some of the singers that shared the bill with them swore that Michael Jackson was a midget. At the time, it seemed the only answer; no pre-teen, they reasoned, could possibly possess that much confidence and poise.With Kris Kross, on the other hand, it's all too easy to believe that these two truly are kids. Last night at Pier Six, for example, the two Chrises -- Mack Daddy (14-year-old Chris Kelly) and Daddy Mack (13-year-old Chris Smith)
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By Dallas Morning News | April 29, 1992
Parents can list their fears for their children: drugs, violence, sex. And now, Kross-dressing.No, not gender-bending CROSS-dressing. KROSS-dressing.As in shirts buttoned up the back and pants zipped up the behind. And, of course, the bill of the cap facing whoever is behind you.The inspiration for the fresh fashion fadlet is the new Atlanta-based rap duo Kris Kross, their album "Totally Krossed Out" and the video for their No. 1 hit on Billboard, "Jump."Kris Kross members Kris Smith and Kris Kelly, both 13, wear their clothes back-to-front in the photo gracing the album and during part of their video.
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By Jeffrey Weiss and Jeffrey Weiss,Dallas Morning News | May 7, 1992
Parents can list their fears for their children: Drugs, violence, sex. And now, Kross-dressing.No, not gender-bending CROSS-dressing. KROSS-dressing.As in shirts buttoned up the back and pants zipped up the behind. And, of course, the bill of the cap facing whoever is behind you.The inspiration for the fresh fashion fadlet is the new Atlanta-based rap duo Kris Kross, their album "Totally Krossed Out" and the video for their No. 1 hit on Billboard, "Jump."Kris Kross members Kris Smith and Kris Kelly, both 13, wear their clothes back-to-front in the photo gracing the album and during part of their video.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | April 23, 1993
Can it be any coincidence that the title "Who's the Man?" subtly alludes to the great Bud Abbott and Lou Costello routine, "Who's on first?" The similarities go further: Dr. Dre and Ed Lover, the hosts of "Yo! MTV Raps," in some ways actually reflect the physical typology that Bud and Lou so vivdlyrepresented.The doc is short and not unblessed with avoirdupois. He is, in short, fat as a couple of cabooses. Yet in his bulk is not strength or fury but an amazing placidity; insult him and he just sits there, absorbing the barbs like a St. Sebastian pricked with arrows but shielded by heavenly grace.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | September 3, 1992
The eighth-grade rappers who make up the wildly popular group Kris Kross will be taking a bit of Baltimore with them on their 29-city concert tour.Chris Kelly, half of the duo that has young fans wearing their pants baggy and backward, has enrolled in the Calvert School's home-instruction program. In town for the tour's debut last night, the 14-year-old also visited the North Baltimore school yesterday afternoon."It's all right. It's cool," Chris said in that taciturn adolescent style when asked about his new school.
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August 11, 2001
Soundtrack to film by Carey delayed First the opening date of Mariah Carey's movie was postponed; now the release of her soundtrack has been delayed. Glitter was expected to hit stores Aug. 21, but Virgin Records now plans to release the soundtrack Sept. 11. The movie Glitter, starring Carey as an aspiring pop star, was to open nationwide Aug. 31, but 20th Century Fox moved it this week to Sept. 21. Both projects were postponed after the 31-year-old Grammy winner suffered an emotional breakdown last month.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | September 3, 1992
Back before the Jackson Five made it to the big time, some of the singers that shared the bill with them swore that Michael Jackson was a midget. At the time, it seemed the only answer; no pre-teen, they reasoned, could possibly possess that much confidence and poise.With Kris Kross, on the other hand, it's all too easy to believe that these two truly are kids. Last night at Pier Six, for example, the two Chrises -- Mack Daddy (14-year-old Chris Kelly) and Daddy Mack (13-year-old Chris Smith)
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | September 3, 1992
The eighth-grade rappers who make up the wildly popular group Kris Kross will be taking a bit of Baltimore with them on their 29-city concert tour.Chris Kelly, half of the duo that has young fans wearing their pants baggy and backward, has enrolled in the Calvert School's home-instruction program. In town for the tour's debut last night, the 14-year-old also visited the North Baltimore school yesterday afternoon."It's all right. It's cool," Chris said in that taciturn adolescent style when asked about his new school.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | September 2, 1992
For most 13-year-olds, September means only one thing: the start of a new school year. And frankly, a lot of them would just as soon be somewhere else.But not Chris Smith and Chris Kelly. Better known as "Daddy Mack" and "Mack Daddy" of Kris Kross fame, the two Chrisses will spend this September on the road, playing their first-ever concert dates in the United States. (In fact, the tour officially starts with this evening's show at Pier Six, though the duo did a rehearsal performance in Norfolk, Va., last night)
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By Jeffrey Weiss and Jeffrey Weiss,Dallas Morning News | May 7, 1992
Parents can list their fears for their children: Drugs, violence, sex. And now, Kross-dressing.No, not gender-bending CROSS-dressing. KROSS-dressing.As in shirts buttoned up the back and pants zipped up the behind. And, of course, the bill of the cap facing whoever is behind you.The inspiration for the fresh fashion fadlet is the new Atlanta-based rap duo Kris Kross, their album "Totally Krossed Out" and the video for their No. 1 hit on Billboard, "Jump."Kris Kross members Kris Smith and Kris Kelly, both 13, wear their clothes back-to-front in the photo gracing the album and during part of their video.
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By Dallas Morning News | April 29, 1992
Parents can list their fears for their children: drugs, violence, sex. And now, Kross-dressing.No, not gender-bending CROSS-dressing. KROSS-dressing.As in shirts buttoned up the back and pants zipped up the behind. And, of course, the bill of the cap facing whoever is behind you.The inspiration for the fresh fashion fadlet is the new Atlanta-based rap duo Kris Kross, their album "Totally Krossed Out" and the video for their No. 1 hit on Billboard, "Jump."Kris Kross members Kris Smith and Kris Kelly, both 13, wear their clothes back-to-front in the photo gracing the album and during part of their video.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | April 10, 1992
TOTALLY KROSSED OUTKris Kross (Ruffhouse/Columbia 48710) Pre-teen rappers are usually portrayed as precocious cuties, pint-sized rhymers who play at rap the way other kids play with toys. But even though both Kris Smith and Kris Kelly are rapping at the tender age of 12, the music Kris Kross makes on "Totally Krossed Out" is surprisingly hardcore. That's not to say these youngsters come off as gangsta wannabe's, as the tough talk of "Can't Stop the Bum Rush" hardly overshadows the sobering message of "Lil' Boys in Da Hood" or "Real Bad Dream."
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January 8, 1993
Here is a list of nominees for some categories for the 35th annual Grammy Awards announced yesterday.1. Record of the Year: "Tears In Heaven," Eric Clapton; "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus; "Constant Craving," k.d. lang; "Save the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams; "Beauty and the Beast," Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.2. Album of the Year: "Unplugged," Eric Clapton; "Ingenue," k.d. lang; "Diva," Annie Lennox; "Achtung Baby," U2; "Beauty and the Beast," various artists.3. Song of the Year: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton; "Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus; "Beauty and the Beast," Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson; "Constant Craving," k.d. lang; "Save the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams.
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September 23, 1992
THE New York Times reports that hip-hop culture, the colorful amalgam of rap music, fashion and life style originally created by inner-city youngsters, is going mainstream.Last week saw the appearance on newsstands of Vibe magazine, a slick publication bankrolled by Time Inc. deftly aimed at the crossover market.The same week, the Times reported, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein "dressed models at the New York shows in Timberland boots and baggy, drop-crotched jeans; some models at Klein even wore their Calvins backward, a direct swipe of the style popularized less than a year ago by the junior high school rappers Kris Kross.
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