Ms. Melodie

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Ms. Melodie
Ms Melodie and KRS One in 2000.JPG
Ms Melodie and KRS One in 1988
Background information
Birth name Ramona Scott[1]
Born March 21, 1969[2]
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 17, 2012 (aged 43)
Genres hip hop
Occupation(s) rapper
Years active 1988-1992
Labels Jive/RCA Records
Associated acts Boogie Down Productions
Stop the Violence Movement
H.E.A.L.

Ms. Melodie, the stage name of Ramona Parker (née Scott; March 21, 1969 – July 17, 2012), was an American emcee. She was associated with KRS-One's group Boogie Down Productions (BDP), and was for a time married to KRS-One, until the couple's divorce in 1992.[3] She was described by Vibe as "one of the ladies who could sonically spar with the fellas, spit raw lyrics, rhyme from a female's perspective, and hold their own."[4]

She was raised in the Flatbush section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn.[5] She was the older sister of former BDP member Harmony.[6]

She participated in the 1989 "Self Destruction" piece created by the Stop the Violence Movement.[7] AllMusic said that her single, "Hype According to Ms. Melodie", featured an "aggressive style" and was "excellent".[5] Ms. Melodie and the rest of BDP appeared in the Keenen Ivory Wayans film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.[5] Her only album, Diva, was released the following year by Jive/RCA Records and was largely produced by KRS-One, with contributions from Sam Sever and the Awesome 2's DJ Teddy Tedd.[5] The single "Wake Up, Wake Up" reached the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart; the music video to its follow-up single "Live on Stage" was a hit on video stations. She appeared in the music video for Queen Latifah's single "Ladies First," [8]

She had two sons.[9] Parker died on July 17, 2012 at the age of 43.[9] The cause of her death was not revealed publicly.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kris Parker, Who Came Home from Life on the Streets to Become Gold Record Rapper KRS-One from People, February 27, 1989
  2. ^ Discogs: Ms. Melodie from Discogs
  3. ^ Rapper Ms. Melodie has died, Toronto Sun; July 19, 2012
  4. ^ Emil Wilbecken (November 2003). "Some Things About Mary". Vibe (November 2003 ed.). Vibe Media Group. pp. 38–. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Bogdanov, Vladimir (2003). All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-Hop. Backbeat Books. pp. 46–. ISBN 9780879307592. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Henderson, Ashyia N. (July 2002). Contemporary Black biography. Gale Research Inc. ISBN 9780787660499. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Stancell, Steven (1996-06-01). Rap Whoz Who: The World of Rap and Hip Hop. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780028645209. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Forman, Murray; Neal, Mark Anthony (2004). That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Psychology Press. pp. 347–. ISBN 9780415969192. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Bill Hutchinson (July 18, 2012). "Rap pioneer Ramona Parker aka Ms. Melodie, member of Boogie Down Productions and ex-wife of KRS-One, dead at 43". Daily News. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

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