Picks and Pans Review: Da Bomb

updated 08/23/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/23/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kris Kross

Whether you loved it or haled it, there's no denying that Kris Kross' "Jump" was one catchy ditty. Their 1992 No. 1 single helped the pint-size homies leap to multiplatinum status and inspired a slew of cutie-pie rappers. "Jump" and its follow-up, "Warm It Up" (both crisply produced by Jermaine Dupri), pulsed with exuberance and attitude.

One year later, Mack Daddy and Daddy Mack are 14, their once squeaky voices have deepened, and they're not so cute anymore. In fact, Da Bomb isn't so much fun. In an effort to show that they are more than rappers in baggy pants, Kris Kross mimics every identifiable hip-hop style without settling on their own—from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's slurred stroll on "I'm Real" to Run-DMC's trademark give-and-take on "It Don't Stop (Hip Hop Classic)."

What's seriously AWOL on this disc is that punchy pop appeal that made repeated listening of "Jump" enjoyable. Producer Dupri is back on board, but the sound he's constructed lacks a solid center, is often static and low-key. And so is Kris Kross. (Ruff-house/Sony)

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