Ms. Melodie, member of the legendary Boogie Down Productions crew and ex-wife of BDP founder KRS-ONE has reportedly passed away.
The Brooklyn native born Ramona Parker was signed to Jive Records where she released her debut album Diva back in 1989. Ms Melodie carved a name for herself in the hip-hop circuit thanks to memorable songs such as "Hype According To Ms. Melodie" and "Live On Stage." One of Melodie's latter appearances took place in the classic BDP led "Stop The Violence" video for the song "Self Destruction." "I'm Ms. Melodie and aim a born again rebel" the raptress spit over the funky tune.
According to reports no cause of death has been revealed.
The staff at MTV News would like to extend our condolences to the Parker family and the BDP family. Rest in peace Ms. Melodie.
"I'm Ms. Melodie and I'm a born again rebel/The violence in rap must cease and seckle/If we want to develop and grow to another level/We can't be guinea pigs for the devil/The enemy knows, they're no fools/Because everyone knows that hip-hop rules/So we gotta get a grip and grab what's wrong/The opposition is weak and rap is strong" -- Ms. Melodie on "Self Destruction"