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Da Brat is breaking her silence following the death of Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly.

Da Brat tells Hip Hop Enquirer Magazine that she’s “very grateful” for Chris Kelly because he and his Kris Kross partner Chris Smith helped her break into hip-hop. Chris Kelly and Chris Smith introduced Da Brat to So So Def Recordings’ Founder Jermaine Dupri.

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Jermaine Dupri eventually signed Da Brat to his So So Def Recording label. Da Brat later got her debut on Kris Kross’s second album “Da Bomb.”

Chris Kelly had some amazing things on the horizon according to Da Brat. She says they were getting ready to “do some big things,” including a tour with Da Brat. She says the So So Def 20th anniversary concert in February was a “stepping stone” for “big things to come” for Chris Kelly and the rest of the So So Def family.

Da Brat also calls Chris Kelly “lovable,” adding that he was always a “loving kid.”

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The 34-year old Chris Kelly passed away on May 1st after he was found unresponsive in his Atlanta home. An autopsy revealed that there were no signs of trauma or foul play. Drugs are suspected to have played a part in his death, but authorities are awaiting the results of a toxicology report before declaring a cause of death.

Wow it’s just sad all the way around. Leave your best So So Def memories below.

Story via: Hip Hop Enquirer Magazine.

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