Whodini rapper John Fletcher has reportedly died at the age of 56. The hip-hop world has begun to pay tribute to the founding member of Whodini.
Questlove shared the news of the rapper’s death on Instagram. He broke the news on December 23. He also discloses the cause of death of this rapper. Questlove wrote, “One Love to Ecstasy of the Legendary #Whodini.” Then he wrote. “This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man.”
Whodini’s John Fletcher formed the rap trio with Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn in 1982. He filled out the line-up with J Grandmaster Dee (aka Drew Carter) in 1986. They released six albums together and these were accepted hugely by their audiences. They also released their self-titled debut in 1983. The ‘Open Sesame’ was released in 1987.
Whodini was very popular among music lovers for their hit tracks ‘Friends’, ‘Five Minutes Of Funk’, ‘One Love’ and ‘Funky Beat’. Their single ‘Magic’s Wand’ was also the first rap single that beat the hip hop world at that time.
The group achieved numerous awards during their career, including at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honours. Most recently they were recognized at the Third Black Music Honours in 2018 for their fabulous contribution to the music world.
Many music legends pay tributes on social media after the death of John Fletcher. Q-Tip wrote, “RIP to Ecstasy from Whodini…One of the most under appreciated voices in hip hop. Too many hits! Condolences to his fam.”
Jermaine Dupri said, “My God, this one hurts me so bad, 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.”
LL Cool J wrote, “one of the most important people in this culture to me…I can’t believe you’re gone,” He also wrote on Instagram, “My friend. Exstasy rest in power.”