First Hit #1: April 25, 1992
It’s easy to dismiss Kris Kross as a pair of kids who didn’t understand how clothes worked. It had to be the strangest gimmick ever pumped up for a group’s image, but it didn’t really help their cause as respectable artists. Even with a massive hit, they are roundly dismissed as another bad little fad, no matter how much they might object to that in the song. A song about missing the bus probably didn’t help either.
Truth be told, they are better than that. Jump is a ridiculously catchy song, and for two kids found in a shopping mall named Chris, the duo actually has respectable flow. Now, mind you, they’re kids and sound like kids, but they carry the song quite well and have a good presence. It’s also helped that they’re produced by Jermaine Dupri, who eventually kind of defined 1990s pop music. In this case, he’s given both Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac a chorus that is ridiculously catchy and a song that’s actually pretty decent, all things told. Juvenile rap is always a shaky genre, because it always feels a bit like a novelty rather than a serious attempt at music, but Kris Kross managed a song that was legitimately fun, and much better than you’d expect.