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Ms. Melodie

Ms. Melodie dies at 43
Ms. Melodie dies at 43

Ramona Parker (née Scott; c. 1969 – July 17, 2012), known as Ms. Melodie, was an emcee married to KRS-One in July 1987, and was associated with his group Boogie Down Productions (BDP), Boogie Down Productions and Stop the Violence Movement
until the couple's divorce in 1992. She was raised in the Flatbush section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Her first release was the 1988 12-inch single "Hype According to Ms. Melodie", which, like most of her records, was produced by KRS-One. While they began recording her debut album, Ms. Melodie and the rest of BDP appeared in the Keenen Ivory Wayans film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Her only album, Diva, would be 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 is the older sister of former BDP member Harmony.

According to news reports, she died on July 17, 2012. The cause of death is unknown. She was 43 years old. The ex-wife of hip-hop icon KRS-One passed away on Tuesday and her good friend, R&B singer/songwriter Monifah, has since confirmed the sad news via her blog. In a series of posts on Wednesday, she writes, "RIP Miss Melody. Please keep her children, family & loved ones in ur (sic) prayers. Hip Hop Royalty... A friend of ours told me she went last nite (sic).” Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons has also paid tribute to the late star, tweeting, "RIP Ms. Melodie. a dope MC".

No further details about Melodie's passing were available...