The cause of death is still unknown, but The Urban Daily has reported that the Brooklyn emcee passed away in her sleep.
Ms. Melodie, born Ramona Scott, first stepped onto the hip hop scene with her 1988 single “Hype According to Ms. Melodie.” One year later, she released her lone studio album, Diva, which featured the track “Live on Stage”– later famous as one of the classic music videos from rap’s foundational era.
Many in the hip hop community has taken to Twitter to commemorate the life of one of rap’s first leading ladies, including Russell Simmons and fellow New York rapper Talib Kweli, who tweeted, “I’m Ms. Melodie and I’m a born again rebel. Rest in power sister.” (His words are a reference to Melodie’s verse on BDP’s 1989 socially conscious hit, “Self Destruction.”)
She is survived by her two sons.
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