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Whodini

Whodini was an American hip-hop group that was formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1982. The group was composed of Jalil Hutchins, John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, and Drew “Grandmaster Dee” Carter. Whodini was one of the first hip-hop groups to enjoy mainstream success and is often credited with helping to popularize hip-hop music outside of its New York City origins.

The group’s debut album, “Whodini,” was released in 1983 and included the hit single “Magic’s Wand.” The album was a commercial success and helped to establish Whodini as one of the leading hip-hop acts of the 1980s. The group’s second album, “Escape,” was released in 1984 and included the hit singles “Freaks Come Out at Night” and “Friends.” “Escape” was also a commercial success and further solidified Whodini’s reputation as one of the most influential hip-hop acts of the era.

Whodini continued to release music throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with albums such as “Back in Black” (1986), “Open Sesame” (1987), and “Bag-A-Trix” (1991). The group’s music was known for its catchy hooks, innovative production, and socially conscious lyrics. Whodini was also known for their energetic live performances and elaborate stage shows, which helped to further popularize hip hop as a live music genre.

In addition to their musical contributions, Whodini was also known for their impact on hip-hop fashion and culture. The group’s members were known for their distinctive style, which included wearing matching suits and hats, as well as incorporating elements of R&B and funk into their music. Whodini’s influence on hip-hop fashion and culture can still be seen today, with many contemporary hip-hop artists citing the group as a major influence on their own style and sound.

Whodini’s impact on hip-hop music and culture was recognized in 2007 when the group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. The group’s influence can also be seen in the numerous artists who have sampled their music over the years, as well as in the continued popularity of their classic hits.

Tragically, John “Ecstasy” Fletcher passed away on December 23, 2020, at the age of 56. His death was met with an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow musicians, who remembered him as a pioneering figure in hip-hop music and culture.

Whodini’s legacy continues to live on through their music, which remains popular with fans of hip-hop and R&B. The group’s innovative sound and style helped to shape the direction of hip-hop music in the 1980s and beyond, and their influence can still be felt in the music of today’s hip-hop artists. Whodini will always be remembered as one of the most important and influential groups in the history of hip-hop music.

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