YNW Melly

American rapper (born 1999)

Jamell Maurice Demons (born May 1, 1999), better known as YNW Melly, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He was born in Gifford, Florida. He was best known for his songs "Murder on My Mind" and "Mixed Personalities" featuring Kanye West. He released his album, We All Shine, in January 2019.

YNW Melly
YNW Melly's February 2019 mugshot
YNW Melly's February 2019 mugshot
Background information
Birth nameJamell Maurice Demons[1]
Also known asMelly, Melvin
Born (1999-05-01) May 1, 1999 (age 25)
OriginGifford, Florida, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2016–2019

In February 2019, Demons was charged with two counts of first-degree murder relating to a shooting that took place in October 2018.[2] Jury selection for his trial took place on April 11, 2023.[3] Melly's trial began on June 12, 2023. The judge paused the trial in January 2024.[4] It's expected to resume on March 5.[5]

In April 2020, during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, Demons tested positive for COVID-19 but was denied.[6]


  1. Stephanie Dube Dwilson (June 30, 2020). "YNW Melly Arrested: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  2. "Rising rapper YNW Melly grieved publicly for two friends. Police say he killed them". CNN. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  3. "YNW Melly's Trial Begins Jury Selection". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 8, 2023.
  4. "YNW Melly's double murder retrial on pause as prosecutors appeal judge order over evidence". NBC Miami. Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  5. "YNW Melly Double Murder Retrial Pushed Back One More Time". HipHopDX. Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  6. "Judge Reportedly Orders YNW Melly to Remain in Jail Despite COVID-19 Diagnosis". Complex. Retrieved June 8, 2023.

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