It was reported late last night that Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, member of 90’s rap duo Kris Kross, died in his Atlanta home at the age of 34. Now, Kelly’s mentor Jermaine Dupri wrote an open letter to reflect on the life of Kelly.

View JD’s open letter below:

“To the world Chris was MacDaddy but to me, he was a son I never had, as much as you may think I taught him, he taught me, god has blessed me to be in the presence of so many naturally talented people, and Chris was one. his understanding of what we set out to do, from day one was always on point. his passion for the music, his love for doing shows, his want to better than everyone else, was always turnt up. when I think about it I spent more time with Chris than damn near anybody in my whole life, so you can imagine how bad this hurts.

I will always love you Chris, and I will never let the world forget you, may god bless your soul”

A then 18 year old Jermaine Dupri aka JD discovered Kris Kross in 1990 at an Atlanta mall, and they signed a deal with Ruffhouse Records through JD’s So So Def imprint and he eventually produced all three of  Kris Kross’ albums. The albums include 1992’s Totally Krossed Out, 1993’s Da Bomb and 1996’sYoung, Rich & Dangerous.