Throwback: Ms. Melodie-Live On Stage
Ms. Melodie’s first recording was 1988’s “Hype According To Ms. Melodie” on Jive Records with “To Sing All Night” and “What Do You Do” on the other side of the single. Ms. Melodie and her husband KRS-One co-produced all three songs. The following year Jive released her one and only solo album Diva. KRS-One, Sam Sever, Ms. Melodie and the Awesome 2 shared production credits on the album known mostly for the singles “Wake Up Wake Up” and “Live On Stage.” The Flatbush Brooklyn native established herself as a voice that was forceful but still feminine. She was a member of Boogie Down Productions and had a memorable appearance on the Stop The Violence “Self Destruction” all star collaboration. Ms. Melodie also appeared with members of BDP in Keenan Ivory Wayans’s film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and she was in Queen Latifah’s video for “Ladies First” with Monie Love. She participated in the H.E.A.L. hip-hop collaboration in ’91 and divorced from KRS-One in 1992. Her younger sister Harmony was also a rapper and a member of BDP. Ms. Melodie passed in 2012 but she will forever be remembered as one of the original female emcees that did not compromise herself in the name of corporate hip-hop.