John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, who was a co-founder of the legendary hip-hop group Whodini and was known for rocking a Zorro hat like no other, is dead.
John’s death was announced Wednesday Questlove, who remembers Fletcher as a “legendary and crucial member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop.”
John lived in the Atlanta area and his death has come as a huge shock to close friends. So far, no cause of death has been reported by the family.
Together with Jalil Hutchins, John formed Whodini in Brooklyn way back in 1982 before DJ Grandmaster Dee joined in 1986 to form an iconic trio.
Whodini released a number of albums and hits, including “Freaks Come Out at Night,” “Friends” and “The Haunted House of Rock.”
The group received the Hip Hop Icon Award at the 3rd annual Black Music Honors in 2018 … and Ice cube‘Friday movies often referred to Whodini songs as’ Friends’ and’ Freaks’.
John, who delivered the vocals with Jalil, was known for his trademark hat, which helped him become one of rap’s first sex symbols.
Whodini, administered by Russell Simmons during their heyday was one of the earliest acts to combine rap with rock, and they were the first to perform live with b-boy dancers. Their sound strongly influenced the launch of the New Jack Swing sound.
John’s death sends shock waves through the music industry, with many artists posting pictures of him and sharing memories.
Cube thanked him for “showing us how we do it” and Jermaine Dupri says, “Ex you know I love you thank you for every word, every conversation, every good time.”
Rapper Q-tip remembered John as “one of the most valued voices in hip hop” and LL Cool J says he is “one of the most important people in this culture to me.
Chuck D.is also a tribute … remembers the time John guided him in the summer of 1987 and was always there to reassure him advice and tips.