Hip-hop has lost another gem. Former Boogie Down Productions emcee, Ms. Melodie has passed away, according to several reports. Her close friend Monifah also confirmed the sad news on Twitter. "RIP Miss Melody," Monifah writes. "Please keep her children, family & loved ones in ur prayers. HipHopRoyalty... A friend of ours told me she went last nite."
Melodie (born Ramona Parker), was once married to BDP frontman KRS-One. She drummed up considerable buzz with her 1988 single, "Hype According To Ms. Melodie," in 1988. She released her only album, Diva, the following year via Jive Records.
Cause of death is unknown at this point.