Da Brat's career could be heavily attributed to Kelly as she met him at a local rap concert, a prize for winning the a competition sponsored by Yo! MTV Raps. That in turn led her to Jermaine Dupri and thus a successful rap career was born.
The former So So Def artist recently spoke with HipHop Enquirer about her fallen friend as she remembers his legacy and contribution to her career.
"It's a very sad day, I came out on Kris Kross, with my first debut on their record," Da Brat said. "I'm very grateful for Chris Kelly, Kris Kross, (Jermaine Dupri) it's a very sad day."
Da Brat also spoke on the 20th anniversary show she and Kris Kross were planning and how Chris' future was bright.
"We were about to do a tour and that 20th anniversary thing was just a stepping stone for a lot of big things to come," she said. "We lost a family member, he was just about to do some big things."
Chris Kelly a/k/a "Mac Daddy," was found unresponsive in his home on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 1. He was was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Watch the full Da Brat video interview below (via HipHop Enquirer):