The sad news of original Whodini member Ecstasy’s passing on Wednesday (December 23) has trickled down throughout the Hip Hop community and the late rap pioneer’s legacy is being honored all across the board.
Most notably there was Jermaine Dupri, who has gone on record numerous times attributing his time as a youth backup dancer for the “One Love” Hip Hop group to launching his successful dive in the music industry. Taking to Twitter, he showed his gratitude to his longtime friend.
“My God, this one hurts me so bad,” JD began. “I can’t even believe I’m posting this,Ex you know I love you … thank you for every word,every conversation every good time,may your soul Rest In Power” while adding a series of praying and dove emojis.
Public Enemy frontman Chuck D harkened all the way back to 1987 to share tour stories while A Tribe Called Quest leader Q-Tip proclaimed Ecstasy to have “the most under appreciated voices in hip hop.”
Born John Fletcher in New York City, Ecstasy helped deliver some of rap’s most recognizable anthems during its commercial onset, including “One Love,” “Freaks Come Out At Night” and “Friends” — all of which have been sampled heavily by every Hip Hop generation since Whodini’s 1980s heyday.
HipHopDX sends its condolences to the family and friends of Ecstasy. Check below for more salutations, memories, and digital flowers from the likes of DJ Premier, Questlove, Phonte, Nelson George and many more.