YNW Melly

Jamell Maurice Demons (born May 1, 1999), known professionally as YNW Melly, is an American rapper and songwriter from Gifford, Florida.[3] He is best known for his songs "Murder on My Mind", "Mixed Personalities" (featuring Kanye West), and "Suicidal". The first is considered his breakout, which garnered him further attention after being charged with the double-murder of two fellow rappers in the "YNW" collective. He released his debut album, Melly vs. Melvin, on November 22, 2019.

YNW Melly
Demons' mugshot in February 2018
Demons' mugshot in February 2018
Background information
Birth nameJamell Maurice Demons[1]
Born (1999-05-01) May 1, 1999 (age 22)
Gifford, Florida, U.S.[2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2017–present
Labels
Associated acts
Criminal statusIncarcerated at Broward County Jail, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Websiteynw4life.com

In February 2019, he was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and faces life imprisonment or the death penalty if convicted.[4][5][6] He is also a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy in Gifford.[7] In March 2019, Demons pleaded not guilty to the double-murder charges and is currently awaiting trial.[8]

Early life

Jamell Demons was born on May 1, 1999, in Gifford, Florida. Demons was raised by his single mother, Jamie Demons-King.[9] He does not know who his father is. Another rapper, Donte "Tha Gift" Taylor, claims to be YNW Melly's father.[10] Demons-King was 14 years old when she became pregnant with him, giving birth to him in ninth grade. Later moving to a poorer part of Gifford, his mother struggled to pay for housing and necessaries. Demons joined the Bloods gang at a young age,[11] later posting his songs on SoundCloud when he was 15. In late 2015, Demons was arrested for shooting at a group of students near Vero Beach High School and subsequently convicted of aggravated battery, discharging a firearm in public, and two counts of aggravated assault, for which he served several months in prison.[12][13]

Career

2016–2018: Early fame and debut projects

Demons adopted the stage name YNW Melly in 2016. YNW (an initialism of "Young Nigga World" or "Young New Wave") is a hip-hop collective that included Demons, Anthony "YNW Sakchaser" Williams, Christopher "YNW Juvy" Thomas Jr., and Cortlen "YNW Bortlen" Henry.[14][15]

In late 2017, while still incarcerated, Demons released his first project, an EP called Collect Call, which contained features from numerous well-known artists, including Lil B and John Wicks. In 2018, he released the singles "Virtual (Blue Balenciagas)", "Melly the Menace", and "Slang That Iron". Other singles include "4 Real", "Butter Pecan", and "Medium Fries".[16] The respective music videos have amassed 26 million, 16 million and 11 million views on YouTube, as of January 2019.

In August 2018, Demons released his debut mixtape I Am You, which later appeared on the Billboard 200 at number 192 on January 10, 2019.[17]

2019–present: Second mixtape and debut studio album

On January 17, 2019, while incarcerated, Demons released We All Shine, his second commercial mixtape, consisting of 16 tracks.[18] The project featured collaborations with Kanye West and Fredo Bang.[19] A music video for "Mixed Personalities" featuring West was released with the album.

As of March 2019, Demons had amassed over 200 million streams on Spotify with over 10 million monthly listeners. His most streamed song was "Murder on My Mind", which was originally released as a single before being added to I Am You.[20]

On November 22, 2019, Demons released his debut studio album, Melly vs. Melvin. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, making it his highest charting album at the time. The album included the singles "223's", which peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On March 13, 2020, Demons released a remix of his track "Suicidal", making it the second single from Melly vs. Melvin. The remix included a feature from late American rapper and singer Juice Wrld, making it his third official posthumous feature. The song has peaked at number 20 on the Hot 100, becoming Melly's second top 20 entry.

Legal issues

Demons was arrested on June 30, 2018, in Fort Myers, Florida for possession of marijuana, possession of weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, and drug paraphernalia.[21]

Demons was again arrested on January 3, 2019, in Fort Myers for possession of marijuana.[22]

On February 12, 2019, Demons was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2018 shooting deaths in Fort Lauderdale, Florida of two YNW associates described as his close friends, rappers Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr.[23] Authorities purport that Demons conspired with fellow YNW rapper Cortlen Henry to stage the double-murder of Williams and Thomas Jr. and make it appear as if they were fatally injured in a drive-by shooting. Henry allegedly drove the victims to the hospital where they later succumbed to their wounds. Demons turned himself in on February 13, 2019.[24] He announced on his Instagram:[25]

"No I did not get locked up in Washington , but I am turning myself in today... a couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want to find justice.. unfortunately a lot of rumors and lies are being said but no worries god is with me and my brother @ynw.bortlen and we want y'all to remember it's a ynw Family I love you"

— @ynwmelly

On February 22, 2019, Complex reported that Demons and Henry were suspects in the fatal 2017 shooting of off-duty Indian River County Sheriff's Department deputy Gary Chambliss in Gifford.

COVID-19 diagnosis

On April 2, 2020, YNW Melly (via management) told fans on Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19.[26] He was in the process of trying to get an early release from prison due to health concerns, as 6ix9ine was released from prison due to asthma and bronchitis.[27] On April 14, his motion was denied.[28]

Discography

Studio album

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[29]
US
R&B/
HH
CAN
[30]
Melly vs. Melvin 8 3 17

Mixtapes

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[32]
US
R&B/
HH

[33]
CAN
[34]
I Am You
  • Released: August 3, 2018
  • Label: 300[35]
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
20 12 18
We All Shine
  • Released: January 17, 2019
  • Label: 300[36]
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
27 17 56

Singles

As a lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[37]
US R&B/HH
[38]
US
Rap

[39]
AUS
[40]
CAN
[41]
NZ
[42]
SWE
[43]
UK
[44]
"Legendary (Remix)"[45]
(featuring John Wicks)
2017 Collect Call
"Catching Feelings"[46]
"772 Love"[47]
"Florida Water"[48]
(featuring J Green)
"Melly the Menace"[49] 2018
"Virtual (Blue Balenciagas)"[50] I Am You
"Slang That Iron"[51]
"Whodie"[52] Non-album single
"Murder on My Mind" 14 7 7 57 9 18 39 20
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum[31]
  • ARIA: Platinum[53]
I Am You
"4 Real"[54]
"Butter Pecan"[55] We All Shine
"Medium Fries"[56] Collect Call
"Till the End"[55]
(featuring Skooly)
"Freddy Krueger"[57]
(featuring Tee Grizzley)
Non-album singles
"Gang"[58] 2019
"223's"
(featuring 9lokkNine)
34 17 14 56 27 38
[59]
94
[60]
69 Melly vs. Melvin
"Suicidal"
(solo or featuring Juice Wrld)[61]
2020 20 11 7 50 29 71 37
"Thugged Out"
(featuring Kodak Black)
2021 [A] TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artist

Title Year Album
"Pull Up"[63]
(Lil Keed featuring Lil Uzi Vert and YNW Melly)
2019 Long Live Mexico
"Young Grizzley World"[64]
(Tee Grizzley featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie and YNW Melly)
Scriptures
"100 Shells"[65]
(Yung Bans featuring YNW Melly)
Misunderstood

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[37]
US R&B/HH
[66][38]
CAN
[67]
NZ
Hot

[68]
UK
[44]
"Mama Cry" 2018 [B] I Am You
"Mixed Personalities"
(featuring Kanye West)
2019 42 19 51 97
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[31]
We All Shine
"6 Kiss"
(Trippie Redd featuring Juice Wrld and YNW Melly)
60 28 64 15 A Love Letter to You 4
"Bang Bang" [C] 28 Melly vs. Melvin
"Two Face" [D]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes

  1. ^ "Thugged Out" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[62]
  2. ^ "Mama Cry" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 14 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[62]
  3. ^ "Bang Bang" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 7 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[62]
  4. ^ "Two Face" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[62]

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  33. ^ Peaks on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:
  34. ^ Peaks on the Billboard Canadian Albums:
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  47. ^ "772 Love by YNW Melly on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
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