During a show last night at The Pageant in St. Louis, Deftones paid tribute to 1990s teen rap duo Kris Kross by not only turning their pants backward but by swapping the chorus of their hard rock hit “Engine No. 9” for “Jump.”
“Chris from Kris Kross passed, who we represent full tonight… for the next three tracks,” announced frontman Chino Moreno from the stage calling attention to his pants worn backward. After uproarious audience applause he preached, “The Daddy Mac will make ya…” and let the audience fill in “Jump Jump.”
Moreno called attention to drummer Abe Cunningham who adorned pants, both inside out and backwards.
Yesterday, Chris Kelly (AKA Mac Daddy) was found dead due to a possible drug overdose.
As a 13 year-old kid who was discovered by Jermaine Dupri in a mall, Kelly and partner Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith helped launch Dupri’s influential So So Def label. Their multi-platinum debut, Totally Crossed Out was released in 1992 and showcased their trademark backwards clothes.