Jamell Maurice Demons, or YNW Melly as we know him, is an American rapper and singer. He also writes songs. Jamell is from Gifford, Florida, and has a couple of hits. While he is a good rapper, legal issues prevent him from shining. But what is YNW Melly net worth?
How much does he earn by rapping and making music? You can compare him to the likes of Lil Wane and Young Thug. But he is not as rich. He usually raps about sex, money, and violence.
YNW stands for Young Nigga World. In the internet acronym world, the same acronym stands for You’re Not Welcome. His two best songs are Murder on My Mind and Mixed Personalities. Kanye West joins him on that second song. With Kanye supporting him, Melly made a name in the business. As of 2020, YNW Melly net worth is $1.5 million.
In February 2019, he got arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He faces life in prison or the death penalty. As of April 2020, he is in prison.
Career Ups and Downs
Jamell adopted his stage name YNW in 2016. Some thought it means You are Not Welcome. But that is not the case. His acronym stands for Young Nigga World or Young New Wave. It is a hip-hop collective that includes a couple of other rappers. For example, YNW Bortlen, YNW Juvy, and more.
Demons released his first project in 2017. This was an EP called Collect Call. The EP contained features from numerous and well-known artists, including John Wicks and Lil B. In 2018, he released singles like Virtual, Melly the Menace, Slang that Iron, and others. He amassed more than 10 million views on his songs. Some of his songs reached more than 20 million views on YouTube.
In August 2018, YNW Melly released his debut mixtape. Titled I Am You, the mixtape peaked at Number 192 on the Billboard 200 chart.
He released his second commercial mixtape in January 2019. This time, he chose the title We All Shine. With 16 tracks, the project featured Kanye West and Fredo Bang as some of the artists. On this mixtape, the hit single was “Mixed Personalities” featuring Kanye West. He released a music video for the song as well.
As of March 2019, he had more than 200 million streams on Spotify. Demons has more than 10 million monthly listeners. The most-streamed song is Murder on My Mind.
In November 2019, he released his debut studio album, Melly vs. Melvin. This album peaked at Number 8 on the Billboard 200. It is still the highest-charting album by YNW Melly. The best song on this album was 223’s, peaking at Number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In March 2020, YNW Melly released a mix of his track Suicidal. It is the second single from the Melly vs. Melvin album.
Most of his earnings come from YouTube advertising revenue. The more subscribers and the bigger audience he has on YouTube, the more he earns. YNW Melly also earns money through Spotify. In 2018, he earned more than $150,000 in 2018 and 2019 through YouTube alone.
YNW Melly net worth as of 2020 is $1.5 million. This young and aspiring rapper is still in his early 20s. If he finds a way to stay out of trouble, he can go only up. Music is his main source of income. His involvement with gangs and criminal activities affected his career.
Legal and Health Issues
Jamell had troubles with the police a couple of times. We said before he is part of a gang. In June 2018, he got arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of weapon or ammunition. In January 2019, he got arrested again for possession of marijuana.
In February 2019, he got charged with two counts of first-degree murder. This was in connection with the October 2018 shooting deaths in Fort Lauderdale of two YNW associates.
According to the authorities, Melly conspired with fellow YNW rapper Cortlen Henry and staged the double-murder. They wanted to make it look as if they were fatally injured in a drive-by shooting. Henry was the one driving the victims to the hospital.
He got sent to prison. On April 2, 2020, he told fans via Twitter that he was positive for coronavirus. He tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. He tried to get an early release due to health concerns, but the court denied his motion in April 2014.
As of 2020, YNW Melly is single. He keeps his love life a secret. And one can understand why he wants to keep it as secretive as possible. He often gets into trouble with the police.