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Kid Rock Mourns Death of ’80s Rapper John ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher in Moving Post

by Kayla Zadel
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Kid Rock is remembering one of his favorite rappers in a recent post on social media. The photo shows the Detroit Cowboy standing beside John “Ecstasy” Fletcher.

“RIP John ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher,” Kid Rock starts the post with.

Robert Richie aka Kid Rock continues in the post commemorating the rapper who died at 56-years-old.

“So sad to hear about the passing of Ecstasy from the legendary, pioneering, rap group Whodini. One of my all-time favorites!!… saw them several times when I was very young in Detroit and am so fortunate to have got to know him and the group over the years,” the musician continues to write.

“I know all those who got to see them on the ‘Chillin’ The Most Cruise’ and so many others are tipping a cold one back for him tonite and blasting some Whodini jams!!.

“God bless you X. Love and respect. Kid Rock.”

Kid Rock and Rap Music

Believe it or not, this crossover artist has spanned across several different music genres. Kid Rock developed this scrappy, hip hop persona after growing up in Detroit. Though, it might seem like Kid didn’t have much growing up, the true story is that he actually grew up in a privileged household.

However, Kid Rock did have to hustle to make it in the industry, Detroit Free Press says. He was 17-years-old when he was signed by the New York hip-hop label Jive Records. This is where he released his 1990 debut album “Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast.”

Kid Rock then spent his teenage years playing east side house parties and making hip-hop connections in Motor City. But as he continued to grow older, Kid Rock moved away from his hip-hop beginnings to that more of a rock sound.

Who was ‘Ecstasy’ From Whodini?

John “Ecstasy” Fletche co-founded the legendary hip-hop group Whodini and was known for rocking a Zorro hat.

Whodini released many albums and hits, including “Freaks Come Out at Night,” “Friends,” and “The Haunted House of Rock.” The group earned the Hip Hop Icon Award at the 3rd Annual Black Music Honors in 2018.

Whodini was managed by Russell Simmons during their height in the 80s. The group was one of the earliest acts to combine rap with rock. They were trailblazers and the first to perform live with b-boy dancers. Their sound heavily influenced the launch of the New Jack Swing sound.

Accordingly to TMZ, Fletcher’s death was unexpected and the cause has yet to be released. He was living in the Atlanta area.