John Fletcher, better known as Ecstasy from the rap group Whodini, reportedly passed away. Questlove broke the news on Wednesday (December 23) in an Instagram tribute to the hip hop legend.
“A love for Ecstasy from the legendary #Whodini,” he said. “This man was legendary and a key member of one of hip hop’s most legendary groups. This is sad, man. “
Ecstasy, born on June 7, 1964, formed Whodini with Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn, NY in 1982. DJ Grandmaster Dee later joined the group in 1986. Together, they started recording hit singles, “The Haunted House of Rock , ”“ Friends, ”“ Freaks Come Out at Night ”, becoming a vital name in the hip hop scene.
In 2018, Whodini received her flowers at the 3rd Annual Black Music Honors, where they were honored with the Hip Hop Icon Award and a tribute from Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo and Monie Love who took the stage to present their classic hits.
News of Ecstasy’s death was met with sincere tribute from other hip hop pioneers. In Jermaine Dupri’s message to the deceased star, he wrote: “My God, this one hurts me so much, I can’t believe I’m posting this. Ex, you know that I love you. Thank you for every word, every conversation, every good moment. May your soul rest in power. “
Chuck D also took to Instagram to honor the hip hop icon he called his brother. “Ecstasy was one of the biggest ever to swing a microphone,” he wrote. “Whodini broke down barriers, set trends and took care of us as we emerged. PE (Public Enemy) returned the favor. We tasted Whodini and brought them on tour. We had a real brotherhood. Taking care of each other. ‘EX’ Rest in power, king. Know that you will live and be remembered. Let’s make sure. “
Q-Tip said Ecstasy was “one of the most underrated voices in hip hop”, and LL Cool J referred to him as “one of the most important people in this culture”.
REVOLT sends our prayers to Ecstasy loved ones during this difficult period.
My God, this one hurts me so much, I can’t believe I’m posting this, Ex you know I love you, thank you for every word, every conversation, every good moment, that your soul rests in power #whodini q pic.twitter.com/6RGuOankWl
– Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) December 23, 2020