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Totally Krossed Out (RIP “Mac Daddy” Chris Kelly)

It’s all over the news. We first heard about the death of Chris Kelly, one half of rap duo Kris Kross, on twitter by way of Big Boi from Outkast.

There’s speculation that it was from a drug overdose. People for years used to think one or both of them had cancer. Rumors aside, Kris Kross was a huge part of the early 90s pop culture.

Hitting the mainstream in 1992 with their hit song “Jump”, the two Chrises (Kelly as “Mac Daddy”  and Chris Smith “Daddy Mac”)  debuted as not “just another bad little fad” — a play on words and a shot at popular rival child act “Another Bad Creation“.  At only 13 or 14 years old, the duo, produced by Jermaine Dupri, became an overnight success– the backwards clothes, the twists in their hair, the superfast “miggedy miggedy” lines in their raps– kids (and some grown folk) alike ate it up! Eventually they put out some other jams like “Warm It Up, Kris”, “I Missed The Bus”, “It’s a Shame”, “Alright” featuring Super Cat, and “Tonite’s Da Nite”. The group held on for a few more years until breaking up in the late 90’s.

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Kris Kross even appeared on an episode of “A Different World” as two at-risk students of Dwayne Wayne who are eventually taught to stop the violence (fast-forward to Dwayne getting roughed up at the 2:24 mark, then their stage performance of “It’s a Shame” at “The Pit” at the 7:29 mark.

Here’s another throwback… an epic appearance of Kris Kross, Marky Mark (kids, that’s Mark Wahlberg’s rapper name) and TLC (RIP left-Eye) all together on The Oprah Winfrey Show from about 1992 (or ’93, we forget)!

RIP Mac Daddy.

Classick Team-Up #06: ShezCrafti

Presented by The Cold Slither Podcast

Once again, it’s time for some Classick Team-Up!

For the sixth episode of this one-on-one interview series, Classick sits down to chat with Jaime Hood a.k.a. “ShezCrafti“– a gamer, girl and geek who is a huge TMNT fan and a co-host of the Cult Film Club podcast.

Now with multiple ways to listen below, or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher Radio to listen to us on the go!!

In this episode, Classick and ShezCrafti bounce around a slew of topics, such as:

  • The Cult Film Club
  • “Zapped!” & “Airborne”
  • Origins of “shezcrafti”
  • Etsy girls
  • Membership in The League of Extraordinary Bloggers
  • Zoobilee Zoo
  • Ben Vereen’s abandonment
  • Blogging on
  • People who’ve never seen “The Goonies”
  • Growing up with hands-off parenting
  • Teen sex movies, porn channels and bootleg movies
  • Cycling through top movies lists
  • Never seen “Jurassic Park”
  • Classick role-play
  • Future of the Chunk
  • Connection to The Bionic Woman
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fangirl-ism
  • Raph vs. Leo
  • 25+ Years of TMNT infographic (
  • Introduction to TMNT
  • The TMNT movies
  • The TMNT movie soundtrack
  • Spunkadelic: “9.95” “Creatures of Habit”
  • Love for MC Hammer
  • Sleepover in the Foot clan hideout

… and much, much more!! Read the rest of this entry

How to wear a ball cap the old school way, featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff [The League]

The League of Extraordinary Bloggers have struck again with this week’s assignment:

Write a step-by-step guide on how to do something. This could be a real world project or a fantastical one, so do with it as you will.

Considering my other league posts were rooted in imagination, I’m going to take the real world practical approach with this one. Allow me to play the old man on the porch telling you rascals to get offa his lawn for a minute and mention that I’ve noticed something wrong with the way these youngsters wear their hats nowadays.

Take a look at this and tell me what’s wrong with this photo?

Mark this date down… the ONLY time you’ll ever see Wiz Khalifa on this website…

Other than the obvious, my biggest gripe about it is YO, WHASSUP WITH YOUR HAT, SON?!!

Are you a part-time 18-wheel big rig trucker on the weekends? Did you just get drafted and had to shake hands with David Stern when you got that cap? If your answer to both of those questions is no, then you have no excuse for this kind of behavior.

Unless you just got selected in the first round, the bill of your hat shouldn’t be as flat as Paris Hilton’s backside…

IN MY DAY, there was a universally acceptable method for donning a ball cap. (*Note: Also in my day, snap-backs were still cool, but now it’s all about the fitteds from what these young bucks tell me.) Where did these kids lose their way?

Well, with the help of hip hop pioneer DJ Jazzy Jeff, we’re gonna show you how to properly wear a ball cap, circa 1992:

How to wear a ball cap the old school way

featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff in a 1992 Starter ad

Click to play the video below and read on!

1. First you grab the hat

Easy enough, right? Let’s move on…

2. Then you GRIP the hat

VERY IMPORTANT STEP HERE! You don’t just grab a hat fresh out of your Foot Locker bag and put it on. What are you, raised by wolves? No, sir/ma’am, put a nice grip on the bill of that cap! Take each hand and put it on either side of the front edge of the brim and bend it downward ever so slightly. Repeat a few times, make a nice curved arc of that brim!

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Listen to Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 3: X-Men: The Animated Series (

X-Men Animated Series

On this episode of the Comic Book Chronicles, TimDogg98 is joined by Rachel (@getoffmyplanet) to take a trip down memory lane to visit X-Men:  The Animated Series.  Even though Rachel didn’t read the comic books growing up, she is a big fan of the animated series’ and movies.

Listen as they discuss the show, find out which characters were Rachel’s favorites, and some other animated series she favored.

Recorded on August 2, 2012

Summary of items discussed:

X-Men:  The Animated Series

How did Rachel get into X-Men TAS?
History of X-Men TAS
Gargoyles tangent
Favorite characters, storylines or moments
Rachel’s love of Sailor Moon and Powerpuff Girls

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Episode 36: “Frederick Douglass – Zombie Killa!” / Save the TMNT! (a CSP freestyle show)

It’s the episode you never asked for but always secretly wanted… ANOTHER CSP FREESTYLE SHOW! In this episode, anything goes and any topic or anyone will get talked about, praised, pontificated on and ultimately trashed! The show title is just one of the many things we cover in this exciting episode!

Film: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1

As soon as it was announced that Michael Bay set his sights on ruining the TMNT, Jay Curd sprung into action…

But first, Classick recently had the privilege to interview Jamie “Jay” Curd, the man behind the facebook page and movement called “SAVE THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Stay Away Bay!” With the recent news of Paramount Studios intending to release a ‘reboot’ of the TMNT franchise, employing embattled Transformers director Michael Bay to the project and announcing that the turtles may have alien origins and may not be teenage nor ninja, Jay and others have mobilized on social media in order to rally longtime fans in support of the legacy of TMNT. We find out some interesting things about Jay and the movement, and also discuss some of his favorites among TMNT.


Enjoy this classic episode via our free CSP Archive! Download, listen and tell a friend (or foe)!

Editor’s note: As of recording this, we were not aware that there was already an online parody created titled “Frederick Douglass Zombie Slayer”. Check out the YouTube clip here!

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