It was an emotional day for those who knew and loved Chris Kelly.
The Kris Kross rapper, also known as "Mac Daddy," was mourned by family and friends—including mentor Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat (who both wore their pants backwards in rememberance) and rap partner, Chris Smith—today at the Atlanta Baptist Church for the 34-year-old's funeral.
Smith gave a tearful euology for his late friend, and addressed Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, by telling her, "I know I can't fill Chris' shoes, but I'm always gonna be here," according to MTV.
After recalling some of the memories he'd built with Kelly over the past 30 years, Smith continued to say, "That's the Chris I always knew. He was a true friend. He wanted to see if I was all right. I just want to say I love you, man. I would say Kris Kross forever, but without Chris, it ain't never gonna be the same. But I hope our legacy for hip-hop is never forgotten. I'm gonna do my part to make sure Chris' legacy will live on."
Songs were performed by some of the late rapper's famous friends, include Keke Wyatt and Xscape.
Tameka "Tiny" Harris posted a photo of Kelly on Instagram and wrote, "Just left my friend my label mates funeral. Hé was à great guy with a big heart.. we will always remember his big legacy hé left behind. U will truly be missed & loved! May he Rest In Peace.."
Meanwhile, Dupri quoted Kelly on Twitter, writing, "I devoted my whole life to rocking mics and getting crowds lifted, put my pants on backwards cause I wanted to be different -Chris Kelly"
A public wake for the Kris Kross rapper was held in Atlanta yesterday. A photo of Kelly was being passed around, with admirers writing messages like "Rest in Peace" and "Keep Jumpin' in Heaven." Some of Kris Kross' hits played in the background, as guest slowly walked to greet his coffin.
Chris Kelly's cause of death is currently pending toxicology results, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office. Police are currently investigating the rapper's death as a possible drug overdose after he was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home on May 1. He was immediately transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead shortly after.