John Fletcher – aka Ecstasy, a founding member of Whodini – has reportedly died on the age of 56.
Questlove broke the information of the rapper’s dying on Instagram earlier at the moment (December 23). The reason for dying has been made public on the time of writing.
“One Like to Ecstasy of the Legendary #Whodini,” he wrote. “This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the legendary teams in hip hop. That is unhappy man.”
Fletcher fashioned the rap trio with Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn in 1982, filling out the line-up with J Grandmaster Dee (aka Drew Carter) in 1986. Collectively, they launched six albums, together with their self-titled 1983 debut and 1987’s ‘Open Sesame’.
Whodini had been credited with main the way in which for brand new jack swing and scored their largest hits with the tracks ‘Associates’, ‘5 Minutes Of Funk’, ‘One Love’ and ‘Funky Beat’. Their single ‘Magic’s Wand’ was additionally the primary rap single to be accompanied by a video.
The group had been recognised for his or her contribution to hip-hop with quite a few awards throughout their profession, together with on the VH1 Hip-Hop Honours and, most just lately in 2018, on the Third Black Music Honours.
Tributes have begun to be paid for Ecstasy on-line. “RIP to Ecstasy from Whodini,” wrote Q-Tip. “Some of the beneath appreciated voices in hip hop. Too many hits! Condolences to his fam.”
“My God, this one hurts me so unhealthy, I can’t even imagine I’m posting this,” Jermaine Dupri stated. “Ex you realize I like you. Thanks for each phrase, each dialog, each good time. Could your soul Relaxation In Energy.”
LL Cool J added that Ecstasy was “one of the necessary individuals on this tradition to me”. “I can’t imagine you’re gone,” he wrote on Instagram. “My buddy. Exstasy relaxation in energy.”
See these and extra tributes under.
My God, this one hurts me so unhealthy,I can’t even imagine I’m posting this,Ex you realize I like you ???? thanks for each phrase,each dialog each good time,might your soul Relaxation In Energy ??? #whodini q pic.twitter.com/6RGuOankWl
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) December 23, 2020
1987 I entered the @Defjam tour w PE. I tended to be nervous 15000 followers in entrance of me each night time. There have been 2 MCS that immediately mentored my calm that summer season. 1 was @RealDougEFresh the opposite was Ecstacy of Whodini. All the time there to reassure w recommendation ideas #RestInBeats pic.twitter.com/UzCj5RN4ve
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 23, 2020
Simply received the unhappy information, Ecstasy of #Whodini handed away at the moment.. Thanks for the music of my youth.. I at all times beloved the Zorro hat!!! Condolences to his household. pic.twitter.com/6zdSQTdAI4
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) December 23, 2020
Rip Ecstasy of Whodini. A very good brotha gone too quickly! ???? pic.twitter.com/eO6ooFRtCA
— DJ POOH (@DJPooh) December 23, 2020
At present we misplaced a member of our Hip-Hop household whose vocals had been unmistakable and whose presence is irreplaceable. Our ideas & prayers are with buddies & household of John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of Whodini. #RIP ?? pic.twitter.com/pBblWmgMKV
— Rock The Bells (@RockTheBells) December 23, 2020