Ms. Melodie

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The rap world is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Rapper Miss Melodie, a member of the influential group Boogie Down Productions who was once married to rapper KRS-One, has died. She was 43.

Details surrounding her death remain unclear, but friends have taken to Twitter to express their sadness at her loss.

"RIP Miss Melody," wrote R&B singer Monifah, her good friend. "Please keep her children, family & loved ones in ur prayers. #HipHopRoyalty."

The Brooklyn native, whose real name was Ramona Scott, married KRS-One in 1987 and later joined Boogie Down Productions.

She released her debut album, Diva, in 1989, and went on to score a hit with "Live On Stage." She also appeared in Queen Latifah's video "Ladies First."

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