The Hip-Hop nation is once again remembering a fallen member of the vast community, and fans of a certain era are still processing the news. It’s being reported that Ecstasy of the 1980s Hip-Hop trio Whodini has died at the age of 56.
Word of the passing came from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest fame and DJ Chuck Chillout, among others, regarding the passing of Ecstasy, real name John Fletcher, across a variety of social media accounts. Ecstasy was known for his Zorro-style hat and fly fashion sense, along with having one of the most distinctive rapping voices in the genre.
While the details of Flecther’s passing are not known, many Hip-Hop luminaries are offering their condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Ecstasy. We have those reactions below.
May the spirit of John “Ecstasy” Fletcher rest powerfully in peace. We’re playing “One Love” and “Funky Beat” right now.
Friends is a word we use everyday and most the time we use it in the wrong way. You could look the word up again and again but the dictionary doesn’t know the meaning of friends. #RIPEcstasy #Whodini 🙏🏾https://t.co/ZNBUu6wYlr
— ⚡️ Furious Styles ⚡️ (@somanystyles) December 23, 2020
Today we lost a member of our Hip-Hop family whose vocals were unmistakable and whose presence is irreplaceable. Our thoughts & prayers are with friends & family of John “Ecstasy” Fletcher of Whodini. #RIP 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/pBblWmgMKV
— Rock The Bells (@RockTheBells) December 23, 2020
Another blow in a bad year. John Fletcher aka Ex of #whodini has just passed. The trio, along with producer Larry Smith, made the first hip-hop records that black radio embraced. Personality, humor and hooks.
— Nelson George (@nelsongeorge) December 23, 2020
R.I.P to one of the dynamic duos of Whodini. I couldn’t wait for you guys to blow the roof off of my birthday party. But, COVID shut us down. Condolences to your family. Sleep easy Fletch aka “Ecstasy” 🥲🙏🏽🥲🙏🏽 #Whodini #JohnFletcher pic.twitter.com/dE1uwqEtzs
— 718Brooklyn (@yepitsteetime) December 23, 2020
Terrible news. Rest In Peace to one of my heroes: the great ECSTACY of WHODINI ! One of my favorite vocalists EVER from one of the BIGGEST groups HipHop ever saw. Nobody sounded better on records than Ecstacy. The definition of a Golden Voice. This hit me hard. #GoldenEra pic.twitter.com/edp8lyz7BT
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) December 23, 2020
Lighters up for Ecstasy from Whodini, the first rap stars from Brooklyn. So many seminal records. Groundbreaking music backed by the genius of Larry Smith. 🙏🏼😔
— Stretch Armstrong (@StretchArmy) December 23, 2020
“To have lost love was a hurtin’ lesson
But to have had love was a definite blessing
And I know what the Beatles were thinking of
When they said that money can’t buy me love…”–Ecstasy of Whodini, RIP. pic.twitter.com/HxeRBUHq97
— Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29) December 23, 2020
Whodini carried the flag for the genre of Rap and were dominant between the years of 1983 and 1987. That’s 5 straight years. By 1988, it was clear they were going to have a tough time competing against Golden Era artists & groups. Without Whodini, we never MAKE IT to a Golden Era
— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) December 23, 2020
Hip-Hop pioneer Ecstasy (John Fletcher) of the rap group Whodini passed away today at age 56. He was the one that wore the Zorro hat. They’re known for the songs “Friends”, “Freaks Come out at Night”, “Five minutes of Funk” and “One Love”.. one of my favorite songs of all time 🥺 pic.twitter.com/EvZYmWYemu
— JoJo Lopez (@thejojolopez) December 23, 2020
Even more rough news. Whodini was one of the first “old school” groups for me – as I would hear their “classics” on Mr. Magic’s show. Find their catalogue and give it a listen. They were SO good. Rest in peace Ecstasy from Whodini. https://t.co/GFVt4Psres
— Nick Diunte (@ExamineBaseball) December 23, 2020
#RIPecstasy My full heart goes out to the family and friends of the legendary Ecstasy from the landmark hip hop group #Whodini. They were the first to make adult hop hop, with melodic music, huge soundscapes and sex appeal for the ladies. This man will be SORELY MISSED! pic.twitter.com/y7zn5jdM4G
— SPEECH (@Speech__) December 23, 2020