R.I.P. Ms. Melodie


From the Washington Post:

In an age when the leading female hip-hop artist has crossed over to be a pop cultural icon, it may be hard to grasp the significance of one Ramona Scott, aka Ms. Melodie, the old school rapper who died Tuesday. The Flatbush-born artist only had one album, which didn’t sell many units. She wasn’t a sex starlet like Lil’ Kim or a transcendent performer like Queen Latifah.

But in the mid 1980s, when there were only a few female rappers of consistent note not named Salt, Pepper, Lyte or Roxanne Shanté, you can’t help but think of Melodie now as her own kind of hip-hop pioneer who often gets lost in the shuffle. Like other now-forgotten female rappers like Boss and Nikki D (who came along a little later), there were no gimmicks to her game or extra flourishes to try and make her more than what she was: about the rhyme and how to hang with the boys (and perhaps a few fur coats). And she often used her words to challenge what was becoming an increasing trend of violence in urban communities.

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CORRECTION: Ms. Melodie died in 2012.


10 thoughts on “R.I.P. Ms. Melodie

  1. Omg, I can’t believe this lovely, intelligent rap legend has left us so early in life! I have always been a huge fan o’ Ms. Melodie, from her time with BDP and beyond. How sad and trippy it is to find this out, because I was just thinkin’ bout the song “Self Destruction” that she and a bunch o’ other rap heavyweights was in during the late 80s-and now this..R.I.P. Ms. Melodie you will always be an awesome talent and even role model for me! ❤

  2. I’m confused now. You said “she died Tuesday”, and I assume this meant July 14 of this year, since this post is dated July 19th. But someone corrected that and said she died in 2012, which you agreed with. Where’d you get your original information?

    1. I don’t remember the website, but I spotted the news there without checking the date of the article. I saw some people did the same thing with Andy Griffith and he’s been dead almost just as long.

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