Born: May 1, 1999
Birthplace: Gifford, FL
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
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 single "Murder on My Mind" and for his Kanye West collaboration "Mixed Personalities".
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". 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.
On January 17, 2019, while incarcerated, Demons released We All Shine, his second commercial mixtape, consisting of 16 tracks. The project featured collaborations with Kanye West and Fredo Bang. A music video for "Mixed Personalities" featuring West was released with the album.
As of March 2019, Demons has amassed over 200,000,000 streams on Spotify with over 10,000,000 monthly listeners. His most streamed song is "Murder on My Mind", which was originally released as a single before being added to I Am You.
Personal Life and Family
Demons was born on May 1, 1999, in Gifford, Florida. He started posting his songs on SoundCloud when he was 15. In late 2015, Demons was convicted of aggravated battery, discharging a firearm in public and two counts of aggravated assault for shooting at a group of students near Vero Beach High School, for which he served several months in prison.
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.
Demons was again arrested on January 3, 2019, in Fort Myers for possession of marijuana.
In February 2019, he was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and faces life in prison or the death penalty if convicted. He is also a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy in Gifford. In March 2019, Demons pled not guilty to the double murder charges and is currently awaiting trial.
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.