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Two youths from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, who topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks with Jump, a song anchored by the bassline to the Jackson Fives I Want You Back. Chris Mack Daddy Kelly (1 May 1978, USA) and Chris Daddy Mack Smith (b. 10 January 1979, USA) were both just 13 years old when they scored with Jump, the fastest-selling single the US had seen for 15 years. In the process they instigated a batch of kiddie rap clones. They were discovered in 1991 by writer/producer Jermaine Dupri, himself only 19, when he was shopping for shoes in Atlanta. Influenced by the likes of Run DMC and Eric B And Rakim, their visual character was enhanced by their determination to wear all their clothes backwards. Strangely enough, considering their natural teen appeal, they were signed up to the genuinely hardcore New York label Ruffhouse, home of Tim Dog and others. The US...