15 Minutes: Top 5 90s Rap One-Hit Wonders

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Chris Kelly, also known as “Mac Daddy” and one half on the early 90s rap group Kris Kross, has passed away at the age of 34 due to an apparent drug overdose. Kelly rose to stardom at just 13 years old after he and his partner, fellow 13-year-old Chris Smith, were discovered by rapper Jermaine Dupri while they were rapping in an Atlanta area mall in 1991.

The 1990s were a strange time in hip-hop, when gangster rap was reaching new heights but poppy, catchy rappers were leaving them in the dust on the charts. Kris Kross was one such case. While none of these one-hit wonders would last, they definitely had their moments in the sun.

15 Minutes: Top 5 90s Rap One-Hit Wonders

1“Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice (1990)

Yes, he pretty much just jacked the famous bass line from Queen’s “Under Pressure,” and sure, the track strangely starts out with what sounds like Alvin of Alvin and the Chipmunks demanding “Yo Vanilla, kick it one time boooooy,” but damn, that’s one catchy song. While Vanilla Ice didn’t exactly garner a lot of street cred between his blonde highlighted high-top fade and his American flag jackets, there’s no denying that the guy actually had a pretty decent flow. And also, he had two hits… if you count that song he did in the second Ninja Turtles movie.Next >

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