Ms Melodie and KRS One in 1988
|Birth name||Ramona Scott|
|Born||March 21, 1969|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Died||July 17, 2012 (aged 43)|
|Associated acts||Boogie Down Productions |
Stop the Violence Movement
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. 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."
She participated in the 1989 "Self Destruction" piece created by the Stop the Violence Movement. AllMusic said that her single, "Hype According to Ms. Melodie", featured an "aggressive style" and was "excellent". Ms. Melodie and the rest of BDP appeared in the Keenen Ivory Wayans film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. 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. 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," 
- Diva, 1989
- Kris Parker, Who Came Home from Life on the Streets to Become Gold Record Rapper KRS-One from People, February 27, 1989
- Discogs: Ms. Melodie from Discogs
- Rapper Ms. Melodie has died, Toronto Sun; July 19, 2012
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- Henderson, Ashyia N. (July 2002). Contemporary Black biography. Gale Research Inc. ISBN 9780787660499. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- 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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