John Fletcher, better known as Ecstasy from the rap group Whodini, has reportedly passed away. Questlove broke the news on Wednesday (Dec. 23) in an Instagram tribute to the hip hop legend.
“One love to Ecstasy of the legendary #Whodini,” he said. “This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man.”
Ecstasy, born on June 7, 1964, formed Whodini with Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1982. DJ Grandmaster Dee later joined the group in 1986. Together, they went on to record 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 got their 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 perform their classic hits.
The news of Ecstasy’s death has been met with heartfelt tributes from fellow hip hop pioneers. In Jermaine Dupri’s message to the late star, he wrote, “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.”
Chuck D also took to Instagram to pay homage to the hip hop icon who he called his brother. “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 (Public Enemy) 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.”
Q-Tip said Ecstasy was “one of the most under appreciated 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’s loved ones during this tough time.