|YNW Melly Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||May 1, 1999|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
YNW Melly is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter, who started releasing rap songs since he was 15, but was best known for the hit single Murder on My Mind, originally uploaded on SoundCloud audio platform on March 4, 2017, but officially released on June 1, 2018. Initially, it peaked at the 14th spot on US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and 7th on US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but reached certified ‘Platinum’ status in the United States on March 14, 2019. YNW Melly also released his debut EP Collect Call in late 2017 while in jail, on which he collaborated with rappers Lil B and John Wicks.
In 2018, he started massively releasing singles that were very well received by the audience, such as Virtual (Blue Balenciagas), Slang That Iron, Melly the Menace, Butter Pecan, and others. He released his debut mixtape titled I Am You in August 2018, and his 2nd mixtape, We All Shine, followed a few months later and was released on January 17, 2019, consisting of 16 tracks. YNW Melly collaborated with Kanye West on one of the songs from the mixtape, titled Mixed Personalities, and the music video for it amassed nearly 37 million views on YouTube as of early March 2019.
Jamell Maurice Demons
YNW Melly, Melly
Gifford, Florida, United States
Miami, Florida, United States
He attended Vero Beach High School but was later expelled after he got arrested and charged for shooting a gun in the vicinity.
YNW Melly earned his GED (General Educational Development) while in prison.
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
YNW Melly is represented by 100K Community Management in Florida, United States.
- YSL Records
- 300 Entertainment
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of African-American descent.
- Afro hair or dreads
- Slim physique
- Often wears expensive watches and jewelry
- Thin mustache facial hair
Best Known For
- His single Murder on My Mind released on June 1, 2018
- Hit singles Whodie and 4 Real, both released in 2018
- Two of his mixtapes, I Am You (2018), and We All Shine (2019)
- His song featuring Kanye West titled Mixed Personalities, released on January 18, 2019
As a Singer
In 2017, YNW Melly recorded and released his first official musical project, an EP titled Collect Call, while he was still in jail.
After multiple successful singles in-between, on August 2018, he released I Am You, his debut mixtape, which was well-received. A few months later, in January 2019, his 2nd mixtape, We All Shine, consisting of 16 tracks, was released.
YNW Melly Favorite Things
- Interest – Fashion, Jewelry, Drawing, Dancing
- Drink Growing Up – Chocolate Milk
- Food Growing Up – Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- Idol – Michael Jackson, Young Thug, Lil Wayne, Prince
- Genre Inspiration – R&B, Trap
- Animals – Dog, Snake
Source – YouTube
YNW Melly Facts
- His original artist name was Kid Fresh. The nickname Melly came to him when he stole a burger from a restaurant, and while hiding in the bushes, one of his friends called him Melly, after which the name stuck.
- YNW stands for Young N*gga World, but his merchandise lists it as Young New World, primarily so it was more suitable for wearing in public.
- The first memory he has of his childhood is riding his pet dog’s back. The dog’s name was Bow-wow.
- YNW Melly recorded his 1st song when he was in the 8th grade, by sticking a microphone with a coat hanger, and putting a cap from his head over it to condense his voice.
- When he was 15 years old, he started posting songs on a SoundCloud account he called YNW MUSIC.
- YNW Melly grew up with his mother and grandmother.
- His mother was 14 when she got pregnant with him and gave birth when she was in the 9th grade.
- His mom would often bring him to work at the Chili’s restaurant with her, and he would drink chocolate milk and draw and color in his coloring book.
- He wanted to be like Michael Jackson since he was around 5 years of age.
- Growing up, all he had access to in terms of music was Chris Brown‘s album.
- His uncle used to do drugs in front of Melly when he was young.
- On one occasion, when he was 9, he was staying at his uncle’s house and watching Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. After he tried to imitate a fight scene with a toy gun, he fell and hit his head on the couch, after which he discovered a real revolver hidden under it. YNW Melly said that he later shot the gun just to try it, and could barely hear anything for a week.
- He carried a real gun anywhere he went during the 4th grade and would keep it in a lunchbox. Sometimes he even had multiple guns with him for protection.
- He and his friends set the forest on fire because it seemed fun. Luckily, firefighters contained the fire, but he got a beating from his mom.
- When YNW Melly was 16, he shot a gun near Vero Beach High School, and even though no one was hurt, he was charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault.
- At the beginning of his career, he used to ask for Rice Krispies cereals in return for people hearing him rap.
- He always wanted to collaborate with either Prince, Michael Jackson, Drake, or even Ed Sheeran.
- YNW Melly planned to move to Atlanta, Georgia but was forced to go back to jail. He later moved to Miami, Florida, when his career took off. He said that he would never go back to the town of Gifford, Florida, as it was boring, and its low population worked 9-5 jobs with no aspirations or passion to do better.
- His mom and his manager tried to get his career started while he was imprisoned. They released music videos for songs Catching Feelings, 772 Love, and later the EP Collect Call, all in late 2016 and early 2017.
- He was released on probation in 2018 but was put back in jail due to the lyrics of the song Murder on my Mind.
- Melly had a pet snake he named Slimmer, but it died when he was young.
- As of March 2019, his Spotify account has more than 12 million monthly listeners.
- He was arrested on June 30, 2018, in Florida, because he had less than 20 grams of marijuana with him, along with drug paraphernalia and weapons. Melly was again arrested on January 3, 2019, for drug possession.
- On February 13, 2019, YNW Melly and the fellow rapper known as YNW Bortlen were arrested and charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder of 2 members of his YNW music collective in October 2018. They were 2 aspiring rappers, YNW Juvy who was 19 years old, and YNW Sakchaser, who was 21. Police said in their report that it was Melly who shot them dead, while Bortlen arranged the crime scene to make it look like a drive-by shooting by someone else, and later drove the victims to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.
- On February 22, 2019, it was reported that both Melly and Bortlen were suspects in an unsolved case from 2017. An off-duty cop Gary Chambliss in Melly’s hometown of Gifford, Florida was fatally shot on accident after the fight of 2 groups of citizens broke out, and he rushed in to stop them.
- As of March 2019, YNW Melly stated he was innocent and was awaiting trial in Florida County Jail.
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Featured Image by YNW Melly / Instagram