Whodini is an American hip hop group which rose to prominence during the 1980s. The trio, which was formed in 1981 in Brooklyn, New York, consisted of rappers Jalil Hutchins and John “Ecstasy” Fletcher and DJ Drew “Grandmaster Dee” Carter. They were contemporaries of the Fat Boys, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five,  Afrik Bambaataa and Warp 9. They were managed by Russell Simmons, brother of Joseph “Run” Simmons of Run-DMC. In 1982, the group signed with London based Jive Records where they enjoyed a string of hits, most of which charted on urban and R&B radio stations. The bulk of their material was produced by Larry Smith, a bassist who handled some of Run-DMC’s early work.  In 1983, they released their debut self titled album. The project featured the single “Haunted House Of Rock”, which was a Halloween themed effort that is still played in clubs today. Their next single was “Magic’s Wand.” It was originally an advertisement for DJ Mr. Magic, who worked for New York station WBLS.  “Magic’s Wand” is also one of Whodini’s most sampled songs. In 1984, they released their sophomore effort, “Escape.” It featured the singles “Five Minutes Of Funk”, “The Freaks Come Out At Night” and “Big Mouth.” In 1986, the group released “Back In Black.” Several songs received heavy radio airplay, including “Funky Beat”, the controversial “I’m A Ho” and “Fugitive.” The albums “Open Sesame” (1987), “Bag-a-Trix” (1991) and “Six” (1996) came later.

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