John Ecstasy Fletcher Biography — Wiki
John Ecstasy Fletcher is the founder of the legendary New York City hip-hop group Whodini, who has reportedly been announced dead at the age of 56. His death was announced Wednesday by Roots’ drummer Questlove who remembered Fletcher as ‘a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop’.
It was later confirmed to Variety by Whodini’s Grand Master Dee.
John Ecstasy Fletcher Age
John Ecstasy Fletcher was 56 years old at the time of death.
John Ecstasy Fletcher Death and Cause of Death
The cause of John Ecstasy Fletcher’s death is as yet unknown. The investigation remains ongoing.
John Ecstasy Fletcher, who was known for his trademark Zorro hat, had been living in the Atlanta area, according to TMZ. Born on June 7, 1964, he founded Whodini in Brooklyn alongside fellow rapper Jalil Hutchins in 1982 and signed with the influential Jive Records shortly after
The duo was joined by Drew ‘DJ Grandmaster Dee’ Carter in 1986. They were famed for hits such as ‘Freaks Come Out at Night,’ ‘Friends’ and ‘The Haunted House of Rock’ and known for being among the earliest acts to combine rap with R&B.
Their debut ‘Magic’s Wand’ was the first hip sop song with a video, according to The Grio.
The group was also the first to perform with b-boy dancers and are credited with helping to create the New Jack Swing genre.
Whodini was considered an integral part of the early 1980s NYC hip hop scene before attaining a national following.
In 2018, they received the Hip Hop Icon Award at the 3rd Annual Black Music Honors.
Their work has been sampled hundreds of times by artists including Kanye West, Nas, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube. ‘Friends’ is considered one of the most sampled songs in hip-hop. Songs ‘Friends’ and ‘Freaks’ were also referenced in Ice Cube’s movie ‘Friday’.
He was among those to pay tribute to Fletcher on Wednesday, thanking the rapper for ‘showing us how to do it’.
Tribute paid to star John Ecstasy Fletcher
Chuck D of Public Enemy called Fletcher ‘my brother’ in a tribute posted on the group’s Twitter account.
‘Been on the phone all morning. Ecstasy was one of the greatest to ever rock a microphone,’ he wrote.
‘Whodini broke barriers, set trends and looked out for us as we came up. PE returned the favor we sampled Whodini and brought them on tour. We had a real brotherhood.
‘Looking out for each other. “EX” Rest In Power King. Know you will live on and be remembered. We will make sure.
‘1987 I entered the @Defjam tour w PE. I tended to be nervous looking at 15000 fans in front of me every night,’ he added on his personal account.
‘There were 2 MCS that directly mentored my calm that summer. 1 was @RealDougEFresh the other was Ecstacy of Whodini. Always there to reassure w advice tips.’
Questlove called Fletcher a ‘pioneer’ after making the first announcement about his death. ‘RIP to Ecstasy from http://Whodini.one of the most underappreciated voices in hip hop. Too many hits! Condolences to his fam,’ added Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip.