Chris Kelly and Chris Smith were the ultimate trendsetters for the tween crowd in the early 90′s. Discovered in an Atlanta mall in 1990, the signed a recording deal with Ruffhouse Records and released their album “Totally Krossed Out” in 1992. “Jump” was their first, and biggest, hit song. The Mac Daddy and the Daddy Mac’s signature fashion statement was wearing their clothes backwards. How could you not want to try it yourself?
“Jump” was the fastest selling single in America since The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” in 1983. “Jump” jumped to #1 and stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks. Kris Kross’ immediate popularity earned them a spot as opening act for Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” tour.
How high? Real high
Cause I’m just so fly
A young loveable, hugable type of guy
And everything is to the back with a little slack
Cause inside out, it’s wiggida wiggida wiggida wack”
I was hooked on the song as soon as I heard it on Z100 in Portland. I listened intently to the radio so I could record the song onto a cassette tap and replay it like crazy. I loved the beat, I memorized the lyrics, and I loved that these boys were SO cool…and they were my same age! I wanted to be cool too…so I tried to wear my clothes backwards. I put on my stonewashed jeans and Portland Trailblazers button-down jersey on backwards…and it looked terrible. A girl with sprouting curves should NOT try to wear clothing backwards. As much as I wanted to follow a trend, I just couldn’t get the nerve to leave the house like that. But wow…I thought the boys at my school with backwards clothes were so stylin.
It’s a little bit strange to me…because I’ve been planning to publish this blog post all week. “Jump” has been on my list of songs to write about for Flashback Friday for a while. So when I heard the news on Friday that Chris Kelly had died, it felt like such an odd coincidence. “Jump” was a song that really takes me back to a fun time in my life, and I can’t say how many times I’ve listened to the song and jumped along.
So here’s to you, Chris Kelly. Thanks for the fun you gave my early teens with a thumping beat and fun rap to spout out with the song came on.
Ain’t nuthin’ sucker about Kris Kross we all that
So when they ask, “Do they rock?” say “Believe that!”
The competition was fierce.
Seriously, so much love for Type-A Parent Conference.
I ran the contest through Rafflecopter, with results through Random.org, and the winner is…
I was excited to see that Andrea won the contest because she is one of the most wonderful friends that I made at Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta last year in Charlotte. We bonded during a session about storytelling where we were paired up for an exercise. We talked about some of our greatest accomplishments and greatest struggles, and we knew that we were kindred spirits. We had a great time again in New York City at BlogHer ’12 where we ducked out of Sparklecorn early to have a heart-to-heart sitting on the hallway floor of the Hilton. I urge you to follow this awesome blogger!
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In the past few years, there has been a proliferation of new blogging, social media, and digital marketing conferences. Some have a focus on people who work in agencies, some are for bloggers starting out, and others are for coding and analytics geeks. Although I’ve found value in all of the conferences I’ve attended, I’ve found my home with Type-A Parent Conference. I recently wrote about Why I Love Type-A Parent Conference, and I just returned from Type-A Advanced in Philadelphia with a lot of love in my heart (other than the jerk I sat by on the plane).
Those who have attended Type-A events love them. And I love my readers. And this week, I’m giving away a free ticket to a conference I love.
Did you catch that? I’m giving away a FREE ticket to TYPE-A PARENT CONFERENCE in Atlanta.
Type-A Parent Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at Westin Buckhead. The conference dates are Friday, September 27, 2013 to Sunday, September 29, 2013. For more information about the conference, visit the event page. The full-price ticket goes for $297, and does not include transportation, food, spending money, or lodging. But! If you win, I’ll take you out to dinner one of the nights of the conference (Atlanta is a foodie’s paradise, btw).
To enter, complete the entry options on the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Please only enter if you are personally able to attend the conference – the ticket is not for resale. If you are selected and unable to attend, I will choose another entrant. Giveaway ends April 28, 2013 at midnight EST.
Disclosure: I personally purchased this ticket at an earlybird price for the purpose of a giveaway. I am not an employee of Type-A Parent, just a huge fan. No compensation was given to me for hosting this giveaway.