Jermaine Dupri BACKWARD PANTS at Kris Kross Funeral

5/9/2013 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0509-jermaine-dupri-atl-picsThe rumors were true ... Jermaine Dupri DID wear his pants backwards to Chris Kelly's funeral today as a tribute to the Kris Kross rapper, and TMZ has the pic.

Dupri discovered Kris Kross performing at a mall when Dupri was only 19 years old. Jermaine signed them to his label and helped grow the rap group into international superstars.

Dupri wasn't the only mourner to rock the backward pants look at the funeral -- Kelly's label mate Da Brat also went reverse trousers.

Dupri didn't speak at today's funeral ceremony -- but Kelly's rap mate Chris Smith delivered an emotional speech ... saying, "I know Chris is in heaven."