Rap Legend John Fletcher aka Ecstasy of Whodini Dead At 56
Dec 25 2020
Fletcher formed Whodini with singer-rapper Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn, NY in 1982 and signed with the influential Jive Records shortly after. "This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop".
While the cause of death has not been confirmed, dozens of Ecstasy's Hip Hop peers have penned their reactions to the loss and highlighted Whodini's legacy.
John Fletcher is a member of hip-hop Whodini.
"Omg. I had such a crush on him as a young baby girl", one Instagram user wrote. "I can't even believe I'm posting this", wrote Dupri on Instagram.
The group is also known for its efforts at fusing R&B with hip-hop. "Ex, you know I love you".
Ecstasy's death comes after Saint Dog, a founding member of the hip hop group Kottonmouth Kings, passed away in October at the age of 44. The trio is credited for pioneering new jack swing with hits including "Friends", "Five Minutes of Funk", and "Freaks Come Out at Night". DJ Drew Carter (aka Grandmaster Dee) joined the group four years later in 1986. Their most recent album was 1996's Six.
Thanks to their loud single Friends arriving Billboard Hot 100, 4 albums of the group were certified Platinum by RIAA. They were pioneers and GIANTS in the industry. Fletcher often wore a Zorro hat on stage and the group helped introduce producer and songwriter Jermaine Dupri to the business as he starred as a dancer on their tours. Fletcher and his groupmates were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2012, and were awarded the Hip-Hop Icon Award at the 2018 Black Music Honors ceremony. Single "Magic's Wand", produced by Thomas Dolby, marks the first song by a rap act to feature an accompanying music video.