Ynw Melly

Jamell Maurice Demons (born May 1, 1999), known professionally as YNW Melly, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Gifford, Florida. He is best known for his breakout single "Murder on My Mind" and for his Kanye West collaboration "Mixed Personalities". In February 2019, he was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted. He is also a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy in Gifford. Demons was born on May 1, 1999, in Gifford, Florida. He started posting his songs on SoundCloud when he was 15. He was imprisoned for an extent in 2017 on weapons charges for a shooting he was involved with when aged 16.

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YNW Melly
YNW Melly in Miami, Florida 2018
Background information
Birth nameJamell Maurice Demons[1]
Born (1999-05-01) May 1, 1999 (age 19)
Gifford, Florida, U.S.[2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2014–present
LabelsYSL Atlantic Records
Associated acts

Jamell Maurice Demons (born May 1, 1999), known professionally as YNW Melly, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Gifford, Florida.[3] He is best known for his breakout single "Murder on My Mind" and for his Kanye West collaboration "Mixed Personalities".

In February 2019, he was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted.[4][5] He is also a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy in Gifford.[6]

Early life

Demons was born on May 1, 1999, in Gifford, Florida. He started posting his songs on SoundCloud when he was 15. He was imprisoned for an extent in 2017 on weapons charges for a shooting he was involved with when aged 16.[7]

Career

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".[8] 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 album I Am You, which later appeared on the Billboard 200 at number 192 on January 10, 2019.[9]

On January 17, 2019, while incarcerated, Demons released We All Shine, his second commercial mixtape, consisting of 16 tracks.[10] The project featured collaborations with Kanye West and Fredo Bang.[11] A music video for "Mixed Personalities" featuring West was released with the album.

As of January 2019, Demons has amassed 3.9 million streams on Spotify. His most streamed song is "Murder on My Mind", which was originally released as a single before being added to I Am You.[12]

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.[13]

Demons was again arrested on January 3, 2019, in Fort Myers for possession of marijuana.[14]

On February 13, 2019, Demons was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2018 shooting deaths in Fort Lauderdale of two men described as his close friends, aspiring rappers Anthony "YNW Sakchaser" Williams, 21, and Christopher "YNW Juvy" Thomas Jr., 19. Authorities purport that Demons conspired with fellow friend of his Cortlen Henry (YNW Bortlen) to stage the shooting as a drive by .[15]

On February 22, 2019, Complex reported that Demons and Cortlen Henry (YNW Bortlen) are now suspects in the fatal 2017 shooting of off-duty Indian River County Sheriff's Department deputy Gary Chambliss in Gifford.[6]

Discography

Mixtapes

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[16]
I Am You 20
We All Shine
  • Released: January 17, 2019
  • Format: Digital download
27

Charted singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[17]
SWE
[18]
UK
[19]
"Murder on My Mind" 2018 149147 I Am You

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[17]
"Mixed Personalities"
(featuring Kanye West)
2019 60 We All Shine

References

  1. Stephanie Dube Dwilson (June 30, 2018). "YNW Melly Arrested: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. Charles Holmes (August 21, 2018). "YNW Melly on Breakout Mixtape 'I Am You,' Interpolating Chris Brown Throwbacks & His Favorite 'Lion King' Solos". Billboard. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  3. Dandridge-Lemco, Ben (August 3, 2018). "YNW Melly premieres new video for 'Murder on My Mind'". thefader. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. Holmes, Charles; Holmes, Charles (February 14, 2019). "YNW Melly Charged With Two Counts of First-Degree Murder". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  5. Aswad, Jem (February 14, 2019). "YNW Melly, Kanye West Collaborator, Arrested for Double Murder". Variety. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  6. 1 2 Cowen, Trace William (February 22, 2019). "YNW Melly Reportedly Now a Suspect in Deputy's Shooting Death". Complex. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  7. "How YNW Melly turned his pain into beautiful rap ballads". The FADER. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  8. Fred, Thomas. "YNW Melly". AllMusic. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  9. "Hip Hop Album Sales: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Earns His 1st No. 1 Album On Billboard 200". HipHopDX. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  10. "YNW Melly Drops "We All Shine" Featuring Kanye West". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  11. "YNW Melly Releases "We All Shine" Project With Kanye West Guest Appearance". HipHopDX. 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  12. "YNW Melly". Spotify. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  13. Jamell Maurice Demons Arrest Information. Ft Myers, FL: Lee County Sheriff's Office. June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  14. Jamell Maurice Demons Arrest Information. Ft Myers, FL: Lee County Sheriff's Office. Jan 3, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  15. Jamell Maurice Demons Arrest Information. Miramar, FL: Miramar Police, FL. Feb 13, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  16. Peaks on the US Billboard 200:
  17. 1 2 "Chart Search: YNW Melly". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  18. "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  19. "YNW Melly | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  20. "Gold & Platinum: YNW Melly – RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
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