Ms. Melodie, ex-wife of KRS-ONE and a prominent member of the Boogie Down Productions crew, passed away yesterday according to numerous news sources. The cause of death hasn't been announced yet and details are still sketchy.
Ramona Parker - her real name - was only 43 which is just no age to go. Although I wasn't a big Melodie fan I know she could certainly kick a verse on the classic Stop The Violence Movement joint, 'Self-Destruction' back in 1989.
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
Condolences to her two sons who she leaves behind.
What's going on with hip hop and death these past couple of years?