Hip-hop legend Ecstasy of rap group Whodini dead at 56
Ecstasy, born John Fletcher, reportedly died Wednesday
The hip-hop community mourns the loss of one of its pioneers when ecstasy reportedly died by the Whodini group.
On Wednesday, lights from the rap world used social media to share the news of his death. Fletcher, a third of the groundbreaking hip-hop trio that includes Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter and Jalil Hutchins, was known to fans for his resonant voice and Zorro hat. He reportedly died at the age of 56. A cause of death is not yet known.
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(L-R) Award winners Grandmaster Dee, Jalil Hutchins and Ecstasy from rap group Whodini attend the 4th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors Ceremony at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 4, 2007. (Photo by Bryan Bedder / Getty Images)
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AllHipHop co-founder and CEO Chuck Creekmur exclusively told theGrio that Whodini helped pave the way by refusing to be put in a single box. Ecstasy’s contributions made this possible.
“As a member of Whodini, Ecstasy was one of the most influential rap groups of all time. Period. They differed a little from Run-D.M.C in that they didn't incorporate rock into their music, but instead seamlessly blended hip-hop and R&B. The effects of this can still be felt today. They were classic hip-hop in every form and ecstasy was a standout because he would wear a wide-brimmed leather hat. That always set him apart, ”explained Creekmur.
Creekmur added that men admired Ecstasy's style and women flocked to him. He simply drew people in by being his authentic self.
“He was a handsome guy that the ladies loved and that the boys wanted to like. But he wasn't a macho man like LL, he was a lithe gentleman showing a more mature side of a genre that was really youth-based. But hip-hop loved and adored ecstasy and Jalil and Grandmaster Dee because they told real stories with a really funky beat, ”Creekmur continued.
“This is really painful, this is one of our loves in hip hop. We feel as hardcore hip hop fans that they ever got all the flowers they deserve. They got some of their flowers, but they didn't get all of the flowers they deserved. "
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Questlove recalled ecstasy as "critical" to Whodini's success and credited the group with laying the foundation for New Jack Swing. The New York-bred trio, starting with their classic debut "Magic's Wand" - the first hip-hop song with a video - paved the way with the inclusion of R&B into their rhymes.
“A love for the ecstasy of the legendary #Whodini. This man was legendary and a central member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. That's a sad man, "wrote Questlove on Instagram.
Q-Tip of a tribe called Quest paid tribute to the singer and recognized the number of hits such as "Freaks Come Out at Night", "Five Minutes of Funk" and "One Love".
"RIP to Ecstasy from Whodini. One of the least appreciated voices in hip hop. Too many hits! Condolences to his family, ”he tweeted.
Jermaine Dupri expressed his devastation and noticed that he "hurts me so much" and included a video of the two in his homage.
"My God, this one hurts so much, I can't even believe I'm posting this. Ex you know i love you. Folded hands. Folded hands. Thanks for every word, every conversation, every good time. May your soul rest in strength, "he tweeted, including emoji angels.
The band Arrested Development also expressed their condolences to the late rapper.
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