Brooklyn, New York, United States


Hip hop, electro

Years active



Jive/Arista, MCA, So So Def/Columbia

Associated acts

Jermaine Dupri, The Fat Boys, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., Larry Smith, Terminator X, UTFO


  • Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter
  • John "Ecstasy" Fletcher
  • Jalil Hutchins

Whodini is an American hip hop group from Brooklyn, New York and formed in 1981. The trio consists of lead rapper Jalil Hutchins, co-vocalist John "Ecstasy" Fletcher, and DJ Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter. Whodini was among the first hip hop groups to cultivate a high-profile national following and made significant contributions to to hip hop becoming accepted as a mainstream genre. They were contemporaries of groups such as The Fat Boys, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Afrika Bambaataa.

Whodini signed with London-based independent record label Jive Records in 1982, and enjoyed a string of hits for several years, mostly charting on urban and R&B radio stations. The bulk of production on their releases was done by Larry Smith, a bass player who also handled much of Run-D.M.C.'s early work. Their most successful album, Escape, was released in 1984 and features the songs "Five Minutes of Funk", "The Freaks Come Out at Night" and "Friends".


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