YNW Melly was the new hot artist in the game but now he’s in a cold jail cell. The young Florida rapper first got attention form his 2018 album; “I Am You”. He then dropped his 2019 album “We All Shine” where he had a feature from the rap icon; Kanye West. How could he go from rising to the top to now what seems rock bottom?
At a Young Age
YNW Melly was born Jamell Maurice Demons in 1999. He was interested inmusic at a very young age. He idolized Michael Jackson and Chirs Brown. When he was young he found a Glock under a bed in his house and he fell in love with it and carried it around with him everywhere he went. At 16 he was involved in a shootout near his high school. Which landed him a year in jail on three accounts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Melly’s songwriting took off in jail as he wrote down song after song including his national hit, “Murder On My Mind”.
“Murder On My Mind”
On March 4, 2017 the rapper dropped this edgy very descriptive song. The song gives an account of a very sad account of Melly accidnetally killing two of his friends. This song came out a long time before his arrest for killing two of his friends. The song just so happen to foreshadow what happened that night. social media gave us lots of feedback on their reactions to his situation.
“ Yellow tape around his body, it’s a f*****g homicide
His face is on a T-Shirt and his family traumatized
I didn’t even mean to shoot ’em, he just caught me by surprise
I reloaded my pistol, cocked it back, and shot him twice
His body dropped down to the floor and he had teardrops in his eyes
He grabbed me by my hands and said he was afraid to die
I told ’em it’s too late my friend, its time to say “Goodbye”
And he died inside my arms, blood all on my shirt”
This specfic verse from the song stands out to listeners beacuse of it very descriptive language. Not to mention the twisted plot of the rappers narritive.
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October 26, 2018
On this day Christopher Thomas Jr.(YNW Juvy) and Anythony Williams(YNW Sakchaser) were shot and killed in Miramar, Florida. The two were transported to Memorial Hospital at 4:30 that morning, they both died before arriving to the hospital. The four were in a music group together (not mentioned, YNW Bortlen left).
The Real Story
There is a lot of controversy surrounding what happened. What we know that are facts, YNW Melly has been in and out of jail since the age of 15. On February 12 YNW Bortlen was arrested in Texas and then transported to his hometown. The following day YNW Melly turned himself in. This came with tons of social media backlash and lots of confusion. Police released a report later that gave us more information. Investigators believe that Melly and Bortlen were at the cite of the crime(according to saved Snapchat videos on his phone). Forensic evidence shows that Williams and Thomas were shot from inside the car they were in which police believe was fired from Melly, but when police arrived Melly and Bortlen set up the crime scene to look like they were victims of a drive-by shooting. Demons(YNW Melly) and Henery(YNW Bortlen) were arrested for two accounts of first-degree murder.