John Fletcher Whodini Biography – John Fletcher Whodini Wiki
John ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher was an American rapper and founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Whodini. Ecstasy formed the group Whodini with Jalil Hutchins in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982, before DJ Grandmaster Dee joined in 1986. They were responsible for hits “The Haunted House of Rock,” “Friends” and “Freaks Come Out at Night.” The group received the Hip Hop Icon Award at the third annual Black Music Honors in 2018.
The group started to make a name for itself with their 1982 single “Magic’s Wand,” the lead track off their self-titled debut album. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, and was also the first rap song to feature an accompanying video. Their tune “Friends/Five Minutes of Funk” off sophomore album Escape, was the only one to enter the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at No. 87.
Whodini’s second album, 1984’s Escape, was certified platinum in 1987, and also peaked at No. 35 on the all-genre Billboard 200. The third and fourth studio albums — 1986’s Back in Black and 1987’s Open Sesame — peaked at Nos. 35 and 30, respectively.
John Fletcher Whodini Age
He was born on June 7, 1964. He died on December 23, 2020. He was 56 years old.
John Fletcher Whodini Death
He died on December 23, 2020, at the age of 56, the group’s Grand Master Dee confirmed to Variety. His family confirmed his death in a statement to Billboard: “The African and Native American ancestors have gathered around and chosen this day, during the Winter Solstice, Dec 23rd, 2020 to call upon a most endeared, generous, and sincere soul who graced The World’s heart through performance, hip-hop, family, children and grandchildren.
“John ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher was a beloved man, the life partner to Deltonia and ex-husband to Carla, twin brother to Joseph, artist, friend, and lifetime performing partner to the Legendary Jalil of Whodini. Whodini set a hip-hop course of legendary status that we are all sure to pass on to our grandchildren. Please send love and prayers to our family, and with open hearts we ask the ancestors to cover his soul in peace and tranquility. Play his music if it moves you, and know he’ll be hearing you on his way home this day, Dec 23rd.”
The news of Fletcher’s death was first revealed on social media by Musician and journalist Questlove. Questlove tweeted: “One Love to Ecstasy of the Legendary #Whodini. This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man.”
Producer 9th Wonder said: “A pillar. One of our foundational pieces. Our Temptations. Our Four Tops. Our Isley Brothers. A standard. That’s what Whodini was and is to us. Mr. John ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher was a part of that standard. So many of us in this culture have taken away from him, Jalil, and Grandmaster Dee…..from words and lyrics, to the beats. They not only had songs that shaped our culture, but lyrics that became sayings. Friends…how many of us have them? One Love. It’s so many. Thank you Ecstasy. Thank you for the road you paved for the thousands and thousands of women and men who want to one day call themselves a rapper. May your spirit live on, forever.”
John Fletcher Whodini Cause of Death
John Fletcher Whodini’s cause of death was not revealed.
John Fletcher Whodini Net Worth
John Fletcher Whodini’s net worth is unknown.