KRISS KROSS “Warm It Up” – Music Video Review
KRISS KROSS “Warm It Up” – Totally Krossed Out (1992)
Kriss Kross was a hip hop duo, for those of you unaware, made up of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith. They were 13 years old when their Jermaine Dupri produced album “Totally Krossed Out” hit the scene and almost immediately, they became a sensation. Their first single “Jump” was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a whopping 8 weeks. At that time, this was the first hip hop song to experience such mainstream popularity for such a long period of time.
I was fifteen years old back in 1992 and already a huge fan of rap music. One of the issues of the time was my inability to truly relate to the music blaring out of my walkman’s headphones. Also, being quirky nerdy Jewish boy in the ghetto may have played a role. And then these two 13 year olds release a rap album and I found myself wearing baggy jeans and football jerseys backwards. I don’t even like football! Geez, I even shaved a lightning bolt shaped line right through my damn eyebrow. Go ahead and laugh kiddies, but I assure you I wasn’t alone.
The second single that hit was “Warm It Up”. Honestly, this song is my personal favorite from their entire work as a duo. Apparently, others agreed with this opinion as the track won the two Chris’s a Billboard video award and found themselves in multi platinum status before they even hit puberty.
In the video, we get a more rugged view of The Mac Daddy and The Daddy Mac as they roll through the hood. Yes, that’s right, these 13 year olds are driving a car! If ever I had a reason as a child to live vicariously through another artist, it was this one detail. And sure, the video doesn’t offer too much with regards to variety and poignancy, but it was 1992 and we were kids!
One thing, though…why were megaphones so popular in music videos at this time? Can someone explain this to me? Also, I don’t know about you, but I never once saw a man standing with his crew on the front porch shouting through a megaphone. So, this is the one detail from this music video that always makes me scratch my head. But then again, these are kids and they’re wearing backwards clothing and it’s the 90s.
Aside from the backward baggy clothes and the line in my eyebrow, it seemed that once the video for “Warm It Up” hit, the kids in my school stopped jumping and started doing the side to side kick dance you see both kids doing in the video below. I still don’t know the name of that dance but, to me, that and The Kid N’ Play epitomizes the fun vibe early 90s hip hop seemed to embody.
I’ve been introspective recently as last week, Chris Kelly passed away at the ripe age of 34. I suppose it’s understandable to get nostalgic and think on your youth when an artist you’ve connected with in your formative years has died. So in an effort to not make a spectacle of his final hours (ahem TMZ), I’ll just leave you with the video below.
Now, please excuse me, as I go do that arm flinging kick dance in the alley out back while I pet my one really long eyebrow hair where the lightning bolt once was.
Don’t judge me.