Rapper pioneer Ramona Parker, commonly known as Ms. Melodie, has died, the New York Daily News reports. She was 43.
The Flatbush-born emcee was a member of Boogie Down Productions and the ex-wife of fellow rapper KRS-One.
She was well known for her 1989 hit single “Self Destruction” and her music video “Live on Stage,” the News noted.
The cause of her death was not immediately disclosed, but many took to Twitter to express their condolences once news of her passing spread.
"RIP Ms. Melodie, Hip-Hop trailblazer," tweeted Councilman Jumaane Williams, D-Ditmas Park.
Hip-hop maven Russell Simmons also took to Twitter, writing, “RIP Ms. Melodie. A dope MC.”
Parker is survived by two sons.