Ms. Melodie, one of 1980s female rap pioneers, has died according to multiple sources.

From Complex.com:

The MC (real name Ramona Parker), who was once married to KRS-One in 1988, released her first single in the same year called “Hype According To Ms. Melodie.” The following year, Diva, was released in 1989 on Jive Records. Her biggest video was “Live On Stage” and gave a memorable performance on the single “Self Destruction.” Ms. Melodie also had the opportunity to appear in Queen Latifah’s video “Ladies First.” The cause of death is unknown, but we will keep you updated as the story unfolds.

Ms. Melodie was featured in the 1999 rap anthem "Self Destruction".

  • mayrenest

    RIP....

  • LaceJagger

    Before there was lil Kim, minaj, Trina etc.. Ms melodie, mc lyte, queen latifah, monie love, sweet T, and salt and pepa represented ladies in hip hop! RIP Ms Melodie... And @sandra rose, self destruction did not come out in 99' more like 89'.. East coast had self destruction and west coast had were all in the same game...

  • Daisy

    I'm Ms. Melodie and I'm a born again rapper...RIP I loved her verse on Self Destruction.

  • Ni ni

    May she RIP. For some reason I thought ms melodie was the lady singin with prince on diamonds and pearls.

  • luVn_liFe…

    R.I.P.

  • Twilight

    WOW so sad. People thought Peppa and Treach was first hip hop married couple but far as i knew it was Ms. Melody and KRS1. Dusting off my original 8 ball jacket and door knockers.

  • Smokie

    RIP. I remember her well. We'll listen to her music tonight.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Awww man Rip

  • Twilight

    Looking at the video and remembering how many of the cats were from my neighborhood. MC Lyte used to attend Sommers JHS in the 90's in Brooklyn. The 90's was a neighborhood where all the west Indians lived.

  • BoogieNites

    self destruction is the 1st song i committed to memory as a kid. she wont be forgotten. RIP Ms.Melodie

  • KDub

    OMGEEEEEEEEEE :wail: RIP. LORD.

  • Audacious2

    Her flow was always delivered Hot on the mic'. Peace be with her in the next life.

    This video speaks volumes & the message of unity is powerful. Can't even imagine todays rap artists even attempting to have lyrics & flow like them or even articulating a rhyme with substance.

  • TeeTee

    So sad...RIP Ms Melodie #Her verse was one of illest in Self Destruction! #born again rebel...

  • Brenden’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

    I remember meeting Mona backstage at the females in the name of rap tour...She was kicking it with Harmony...I have pics of them and several others tucked away somewhere. I was just a baby but I remember her,,,She was sweet. She was married to KRS1 at one point. Conscious rhymes. They dont push units these days, but are respected by some of us.RIP.

  • rockstar

    RIP Ms Melody. I use to love her and Harmoney. One of my friends from high school use to be her backup dancer. I thought that was the coolest thing.

  • yallcrazy

    RIP
    Conscious Rapper.
    Listen to Self Destruction kiddos!!!

  • lnp03

    Rest in Peace Ms. Melodie. She and KRS-1 had a son that committed suicide a few years back. Praying for her family.

  • Brenden’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

    lnp03 says:

    Rest in Peace Ms. Melodie. She and KRS-1 had a son that committed suicide a few years back. Praying for her family

    ^^That wasnt her son. That was his son by his new wife.

  • Daisy

    I think some of the rappers today could spit/drop a verse for a new age Self Destruction. All these murders in Chi town, Detroit and Philly to name a few cities some of our people def need to STOP being self destructive.

  • lexdiamonz

    NOOOOOO ... not ms melody... WHY LAWD WHY ... those LYRICS TILL RING TRUE today .... these were REAL rappers not no auto-tuned, fake backed industry puppets...

    RIP MS MELODY

    I miss when RAP made you do something POSITIVE

  • sharnell

    RIP

  • Boss on my back, aka KIC84

    R.I.P., Ms. Melodie.

  • NaijaGal

    RIP Ms. Melodie

    *so apparently George Zimmerman went on Sean Hannity and said everything that happened was God's plans and he has no regrets, ummmm, yeah you read right*

  • Bootcampgirl

    @Naija-I don't even know why anyone thought it was a good idea to start doing interviews... :smack:
    @Daisy-I was listening to the news this weekend and they were talking about all the murders in CHI, it was more than have been from the war...

  • Bootcampgirl

    On topic: R.I.P. Ms. Melodie

    :whistle:

    I'm Ms. Melodie and I'm a born again rebel
    The violence in rap must cease and seckle
    If we want to develop and grow to another level
    We can't be guinea pigs for the devil
    The enemy knows, they're no fools
    Because everyone knows that hip-hop rules
    So we gotta get a grip and grab what's wrong
    The opposition is weak and rap is strong

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    However, when asked whether he regretted getting out his car to follow Trayvon Martin while on his neighborhood watch patrol, or whether he regretted having his gun on him, Zimmerman said no.

    Then in what will likely turn out to be the most controversial statement of the night, Zimmerman said that "I feel that it was all God's plan" and he doesn't want to second guess or judge what happened that night.
    ^^ FAWK THIS PUTO!! NO FUKN REGRET IT WAS GOD'S PLANS..? DA FAWK!! :cuss:
    At the very end of the interview, however, after commercial breaks and with his lawyer by his side, Zimmerman asked "to readdress on whether I'd do anything differently."

    "I do wish that there was something, anything I could have done that would have put me in the position that I wouldn't have to take his life,"

  • BoogieNites

    #hoodiesUP

  • NaijaGal

    BOOTS - I like him doing interviews cause he keeps digging his ass in deeper and deeper...I just can't believe he'd say God made the murder of a 17 years old young male happen but then again this bitch has no smarts running in him

  • lovezoe

    I saw the clips this morning from the interview. Got me mad all early. Dude is just trifling. Talking bout he won't pursuing, he was seeing where he was going. Same thing! Same thing. He change stories more than folks change draws. ALSO, how Trayvon reach for a concealed weapon that was concealed?

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    THAT WHOLE FUKN INTERVIEW SHOWED US HOW MUCH OF A SORRY PIECE OF SH!T AND WASTE OF SPACE THIS PUTO IS.. I WAS LIKE :blink: DID HE SAY GODS PLAN.. SO BASICLY IN UR MIND U DID GODS WORK? :wtf:

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Good morning everybody! :waves:

    RIP MS Melodie

  • prynsexxx

    Almighty bless her family in their time of need.

  • MZ_CARAM3L74

    OMG!! Self Destruction was one of those songs I would rewind just to write down the lyrics! R.I.P Ms.Melodie

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    I HAVENT HEARD OF THIS RAPPER BUT MAY SHE R.I.P.. IM ADDING HER TO MY PLAY LIST AS WE SPEAK :pc: d-__-b

  • Bootcampgirl

    WUT :buttshake: <--my booty pop
    @Mz, I thought I was the only person who used to write down lyrics
    :ashamed:

  • lovezoe

    RIP to Ms. Melodie.

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Bootcampgirl says:

    WUT <–my booty pop
    @Mz, I thought I was the only person who used to write down lyrics
    --------------------------
    Back in the day when I had my neighborhood girl group, I used to write mine down too. :lol: We use to perform at school and when we had festivals in our park. Oh you can never guess what our names were... :ashamed: (whispers) Some Sexy Sistahz.... tips tha hell out this post :kona:

  • http://youtube.com/user/Ateyaaa Ateya

    OMG! I love her! I loved her line...Im Miss Melodie and Im a Born again Rebel...lol
    Man RIP!

  • MZ_CARAM3L74

    Bootcampgirl says:

    WUT <–my booty pop
    @Mz, I thought I was the only person who used to write down lyrics
    ***************
    Raising Hell was my very 1st cassette tape lol..I was like 12!

  • Trendsetter

    Morning SR

    RIP

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    :yawn:

  • lovezoe

    :newpost: Comments off tho. Very pretty girl, best of luck.

  • Trendsetter

    :offtopic:

    Stevie J and Joseline engaged??? :zzz:

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    NEW POST IS UP THE YOUNG LADY LOOKS NICE.. :yes: PURRTY FACE

  • luVn_liFe…

    *************************** Good Morning **********ROSES*** :wave:

    Morning Glory is up... Im curious if Sandra had these for sometime,and now just came to the conclussion she would shut off comments :think: Just curious.
    But she Is good looking

  • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

    Saw the :newpost: She is pretty. Curvy real sistah :thumbsup; Didn't care for the contacts.. she didn't need them. Very pretty brown skin girl

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Lovezoe, Trend, Mz_Caramel,Ateya, Wut, Boot, Laker, Naija, Kdubb, Fay Fay, GaGirl, DB, Ky Ky, Anna, Choco, Yso, Yall, Brenden , Auntie hell all my folks (roses) <---- calling all now cause my fingers are tired already :typing: :waves: :waves: :hi: to who ever I missed shat ! :tea:

  • Usual Prime Suspect

    Morning :koolaid: RIP Ms. Ms. Melodie - Self Detruction heading for Self Destruction :whistle: Boy that was the jam

    Ummm why you turn off the comments on the post upstairs Ms. Sandra :mad:
    Freedom of speech....

  • luVn_liFe…

    Usual :hi: Know of any good fade creams for the Face?I know you go get peels and thangs

  • Usual Prime Suspect

    Bootcampgirl says:

    WUT <–my booty pop
    @Mz, I thought I was the only person who used to write down lyrics

    ____
    Ummm I did too, damn the internet being all late, the kids gotta easy now.

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    USUAL :hug: MORNING
    SHE TOLD US YESTERDAY WE PUZZAY BLOCKN WITH ALL THE HATE WE BE DOING ON THEM MORNING POST.. SO :shrug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

    @USP
    Ms. Sandra KNOWS that THOSE "Morning WHATEVER" ----> CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH :coffee:

  • Trendsetter

    Morning Jenie :waves:

  • lovezoe

    Jenie, Usual, Wut, Elove, Naja, Lakes, et al. :waves:

    Usual- I responded to you the other day, did you see it.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Usual :hug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

    MORNING Everybody!!! :yes:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Elove :hug: :hi:

  • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

    ELUVAH! :kiss:

  • Usual Prime Suspect

    Luvnlife - :hi:

    Girl I :heart: my peels

    Baking soda and lemon juice works if you want to go the natural route.

    Whipfinity - NO JOKE, depending on if the spot is new. I been using it on my new scar and it looks much different than my surgical scar in Jan. This lady at work comes shows me her ARM Evvvvvery day.

    Clinque even better dark spot corrector - This is for older spots. If you want to spnd extra $$$

  • Usual Prime Suspect

    :waves: Morning

    Lakes - Made me think of

    Don't go chasing waterfalls.
    Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to.
    I know that you're gonna have it your way or nothing at all,
    but I think you're moving too fast.

    :whistle

    Ain't nobody cock block Ms. Sandra, is trying to holla at ole girl?

    Morning - Elove, Jenie, Trend, Zoe :danban:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    For the pics up stairs She is pretty :shrugs: but nothing just Pow though :shrug: Heck Auntie I can send you some pics of me, put it on the site :shrug:

  • http://www.philly.com/ J Said it!

    Rest well Ms Melodie!!!.. Self Destruction you headed for self destruction... Thats when I first heard of her!!.. Rap music was so good before record execs put influence on it!!

  • luVn_liFe…

    :yes: Usual I Know you do thats why i asked :) a few older spots and i need to get the tone even :( I went to the cosmetic surgeon she suggested a $200 fade cream and or a chemical peel.I seen you spoke on that the other day " :blink: "

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Usual my font whit to you :waiting: :chase:

  • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love

    Hey Family :waves: Auntie why are the comments turnes off...we know how to act!

  • NaijaGal

    LOVEZOE, JENIE :hug:

    *death to colored contacts*

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Ooppps sorry :ashamed: Usual I see my shout :waves:

  • http://www.philly.com/ J Said it!

    Best of luck to the morning glory.. Keep it classy!!!!

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    NaijaGal says:

    LOVEZOE, JENIE :hug:

    *death to colored contacts*
    ________________
    :cosign:

  • Ms. YaYa

    Tainted_Love says:
    Hey Family Auntie why are the comments turnes off…we know how to act!

    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    No we don't but she is a very pretty young lady
    Morning Everybody :waves:

  • NaijaGal

    YAYA, TAINTED, E-LUV :waves:

  • lovezoe

    So speaking of colored contacts, Jennifer withdrew her lawsuit from Nia Crooks.

  • MZ_CARAM3L74

    @ jeniefrumdabloc :hi:

  • lovezoe

    Tainted- Now you KNOW we don't know how to behave. I will repeat what I said yesterday, if she can't take a few jabs from blog members maybe modeling ain't for her.

  • BoogieNites

    lovezoe says:

    So speaking of colored contacts, Jennifer withdrew her lawsuit from Nia Crooks.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    :tea:
    what u think?
    she tryna get back on?

    morning all ! :hi:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    lovezoe says:

    Tainted- Now you KNOW we don’t know how to behave. I will repeat what I said yesterday, if she can’t take a few jabs from blog members maybe modeling ain’t for her.
    _________________
    Exactly criticism is what comes with the territory when u model. I know :yes:

  • luVn_liFe…

    Hey BOOG'i like ur new Gravie!

  • BoogieNites

    Morning Glory kinda favors Taraji, no ?

  • BoogieNites

    preciate ya, :hunching: _liFe !

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7je-DEQgPJk&feature=related ELove

    @Boogie
    I WONDER If Taraji (Feels THAT Way Though...) :think:

    @J (Comment #62)
    Russell Simmons (YUP...) :coffee:

  • NaijaGal

    LOVEZOE - based on the past two 'glories' neither one of them want to be models...yesterday chick wants to get into journalism and today's a musician

    Speaking on Jennifer, yeah I think she had a talk with vh1 folks...now she looks like a fool...she's hooked on that reality show checks

  • Usual Prime Suspect

    @Luv - $200 fade cream - I'm not even gonna pay that much for no cream, if so I better see results in the AM

    Get some Palmers - You'll see results slowly but surely.

    I was going to the medi-spa for laser hair removal and I chic told about a living social special that had for peels 3/150, cause I've paid 99.00 for one. Check Groupon/Living Social in your area for specials.

  • luVn_liFe…

    Usual Prime Suspect says:

    @Luv – $200 fade cream – I’m not even gonna pay that much for no cream, if so I better see results in the AM

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    My thoughts exactly!! I lOOKed at her like " :shock: "

  • lovezoe

    Boogie- I agree with Naja's assessment. I don't know if Jen needs the money or not, but I do know she likes what comes along with being a "Star"

  • BoogieNites

    Eluv -- prolly not ... rumormill has it taraji is a divaaaaa :shrug: #postbenbuttonstaraji #notbabyboytaraji :|

  • NaijaGal

    no matter what Taraji does she'll always be Yvette
    JJJJJJOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDYYYYYYYYYYY

  • NaijaGal

    LOVEZOE - gggggiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrllllllllll cause I remember she did a press conference and everything for that mess...and now she wants to let it be???? mmmmmmkay, I call bullchit

  • Usual Prime Suspect

    :hi: Boggie and Baby Girl

  • Secret

    The civil lawsuit has been dropped. Not the criminal one

  • Usual Prime Suspect

    This post is :yawn:

    So I ventured away and came acrss this

    The Female Baller's Handbook - Chapter 8 Hustle your way off welfare

    Where do peopole come up with this shiat? and Why do I read it?

  • BoogieNites

    hey usual ;) whas poppn ?

  • Usual Prime Suspect

    Ms. Sandra can we get a post on Trayvon, So we can vent our frustrations out about that scum bucket - ghey phedhile that killed that baby.

    Thanks

  • BoogieNites

    Secret says:

    The civil lawsuit has been dropped. Not the criminal one

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    that changes things. that slap didnt cause any damages so civil suit is baseless. her money good (i guess) :tea:

  • BayMami_de4

    RIP