Totally Krossed Out

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Totally Krossed Out
Studio album by Kris Kross
Released March 31, 1992
Recorded 1991-92
Genre Hip hop
Length 39:33
Label Ruffhouse Records
Producer Jermaine Dupri
Kris Kross chronology
Totally Krossed Out
(1992)
Da Bomb
(1993)
Singles from Totally Krossed Out
  1. "Jump"
    Released: February 6, 1992
  2. "Warm It Up"
    Released: June 4, 1992
  3. "I Missed the Bus"
    Released: September 3, 1992
  4. "It's a Shame"
    Released: January 12, 1993

Totally Krossed Out is the first album by the American hip hop duo Kris Kross. It was produced and largely written by Jermaine Dupri and released on March 31, 1992, by Ruffhouse Records. After developing a musical concept for the duo, Dupri spent two years writing and producing the album.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

Totally Krossed Out was huge success for the duo, selling over four million copies and reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it remained for two and six non-consecutive weeks respectively. Four singles were released, including "Jump" and "Warm It Up", both of which reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles, and "I Missed the Bus" and "It's a Shame". The album was certified 4x platinum by the RIAA. Music videos were released for the four singles and for "The Way of Rhyme".

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, the music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an "A–" and praised Dupri for "avoiding BBD's girl-bashing and ABC's kiddie escapism" in his lyrics for the duo. He found the music "ebullient" and suited for Kriss Kross' "preadolescent tempos and timbres".[2] "Jump" was voted the third best single of 1992 in The Village Voice '​s annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[3] Christgau, the poll's creator, named it the best single of the year in his own year-end list and also ranked "Warm It Up" at number four.[4]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic's Steve Huey gave the album four out of five stars and said that Dupri "delivers a catchy, pop-friendly batch of tracks that manage to stay pretty consistently engaging (perhaps in part because they are short)".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jermaine Dupri, except where noted.

  1. "Intro Interview" – 0:51
  2. "Jump" (Jermaine Dupri, The Corporation, Ohio Players) – 3:17
  3. "Lil' Boys in da Hood" – 3:05
  4. "Warm It Up" – 4:09
  5. "The Way of Rhyme" – 2:59
  6. "Party" (George Clinton, Jermaine Dupri, Gary Shider, Dave Spradley) – 4:03
  7. "We're in da House" – 0:39
  8. "A Real Bad Dream" – 1:58
  9. "It's a Shame" – 3:48
  10. "Can't Stop the Bum Rush" – 2:57
  11. "You Can't Get With This" – 2:24
  12. "I Missed the Bus" – 2:59
  13. "Outro" – 0:43
  14. "Party" (Krossed Mix) – 4:11
  15. "Jump" (Extended Mix) – 5:10

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from Allmusic.[6]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992)[7] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Top R&B Albums 1

Decade-end chart[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 90

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Billboard book of number 1 hits – Fred Bronson – Google Boeken. Books.google.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2, 1992). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The 1992 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice (New York). March 2, 1993. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pazz & Jop 1992: Dean's List". The Village Voice (New York). March 2, 1993. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ "Totally Krossed Out – Kriss Kross : Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Totally Krossed Out – Kriss Kross : Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade – The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 

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