Funeral services were held for Chris Kelly of legendary early '90s hip-hop group Kris Kross earlier this afternoon. Kelly died of a drug overdose on May 1 at the age of 34.
Both Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat arrived wearing backwards jeans as a tribute; Kris Kross memorably pioneered that style on their first record, 1992's Totally Kross Out. Da Brat reportedly tried to speak with reporters, but became choked up; Dupri didn't speak.
The two artists were joined by Kelly's partner in Kris Kross, Chris Smith, who broke down in tears at the funeral. "It's been like a struggle for me every day," he was quoted saying by TMZ. "I know Chris is in heaven."
During the service, which took place at a Baptist church in Atlanta, Smith said, "He was a true friend ... I just wanna say I love you man ... and I'm gonna miss you dearly."
He added, "My life ... it ain't ever gonna be the same, but I just hope our legacy for hip-hop is never forgotten. I'm gonna do my part to make sure Chris' legacy will live on."
The funeral was also attended by members of Xscape and R&B star Keke Wyatt.