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YNW Melly’s Net Worth & Biography: His Cars, House, Career, and More

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Last updated on September 7th, 2023 at 01:59 am

YNW Melly has proven in his short career that with the right musical style and catchy lyrics, you can build up a considerable amount of riches and wealth in almost no time at all. 

Thanks to such hits as “Murder on My Mind,” “223’s,” and “Mixed Personalities,” featuring Kanye West, he is raking in the dollars left and right. Unfortunately, legal issues have plagued him and affected his growing revenue. 

What is YNW Melly’s net worth? Find out that, how he got rich, and more below. 

Who is YNW Melly?

YNW Melly is a rapper and singer who has earned recognition almost from the get-go of his burgeoning career. To his dismay, however, his musical endeavors have also been plagued and overshadowed by many legal issues that have left him in and out of jail for years. 

When Was YNW Melly Born?

Jamell Maurice Demons, aka, YNW Melly’s birthdate is May 1, 1999. 

YNW Melly’s zodiac sign is Taurus, which means he’s practical, stable, and sensual. This is perhaps the first time we have to totally disagree with this analysis, thanks to his recent legal issues.

Keep reading to find out what we mean.

YNW Melly’s Ethnicity

YNW Melly’s ethnicity is Afro-American. 

Where is YNW Melly From?

YNW Melly Grew up in Gifford, Florida. 

Where Does YNW Melly Live?

Before being put in jail for his double murder charge, YNW Melly lived in Miami, Florida. 

How Tall Is YNW Melly?

YNW Melly’s height is 5 feet, 8 inches tall. 

How Much Does YNW Melly Weigh?  

YNW Melly’s weight is approximately 154 pounds. 

How Did YNW Melly Become Famous?

YNW Melly first achieved national attention for his breakout single, “Murder On My Mind,” released in June 2018.  

It seems ironic considering that less than a year later he was charged with the murder of fellow “YNW” collective rappers, YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvy. It’s no wonder prosecutors claim that his actions were premeditated. 

YNW Melly’s Siblings

How many brothers does Melly have? The answer is one. 

His younger brother, Brandon Hunter King, aka rapper YNW BSlime, was born on April 10, 2007. Apparently, he and his older brother don’t exactly have a smooth relationship. The young 16-year-old rapper started in the recording studio when he was only in middle school. 

Rumor has it that YNW Melly reportedly threatened to stop paying for YNW BSlime’s Fortnite V-Bucks, aka in-game currency, unless he accompanied him to the studio to record. 

Who is YNW Melly Dating?

YNW Melly remains single as he faces a new trial on his double murder case. 

Previously, he was linked to Mariah Hamilton. Ironically, she was rumored to be on the list to make a deposition during his murder trial over the summer. 

There have been many rumors surrounding his personal life in the past as well, with many having him linked to Makhadzi, an R&B singer. It’s a rumor, however, that has been denied by both parties.  

YNW Melly’s Parents

YNW Melly is the product of a single-parent household, having been raised by his mother Jamie Demons-King, who was only 14 years old when she fell pregnant. She was in ninth grade when YNW Melly was born. 

YNW Melly has said that he does not know who his father is, although Donte “Tha Gift” Taylor, a fellow rapper, has claimed to be the “Mixed Personalities” rapper’s father. 

YNW Melly’s Net Worth

YNW Melly’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated to be somewhere between $100,000 to $5 million. For a while, his estimated yearly income was more than $300,000, with an approximate monthly salary being around $35,000. 

The exact number of YNW Melly’s net worth and salary remain unclear, considering his many years of legal troubles that have left him in and out of jail. 

How Did YNW Melly Get Rich?

YNW Melly has earned his wealth mainly through the revenue from his music. This includes sales of his albums and music both commercially and on streaming platforms as well as his YouTube channel, which has more than 6.8 million followers. 

He’s got a unique twist as a rapper being noted for his melodic vocals as well as his “mix of bright harmonies slathered in grit and soulful love-sick ballads” that are sure to contribute to his massive album sales, as well as the catchiness of YNW Melly’s songs. 

He has sold enough albums that some of YNW Melly’s albums, including I Am You and Melly vs. Melvin, have been certified gold by the RIAA, thanks to his millions of streams worldwide. 

YNW Melly’s Cars

YNW Melly may be incarcerated, but he’s been able to maintain his impressive car collection as he continues to rake in the cash. 

His most notable automobiles include a Ford Mustang GT, worth approximately $37,000, a Jeep Wrangler Sahara, worth around $43,000, and a Maserati Granturismo, worth a whopping $154,000. 

That’s not all. He also owns a $185,000 Lamborghini Gallardo and a $316,000 Bentley Mulsanne. Talk about using the money he earns to bring in the fancy rides. 

YNW Melly’s House

YNW Melly’s Miami home, valued at around two million dollars, includes a private basketball court and a swimming pool. 

YNW Melly purchased the estate when he was only 19, but it remains unclear whether he still owns the home since he’s been incarcerated. 

How Much Does YNW Melly Make Per Show?

It’s unclear how much money YNW Melly makes per show, but considering much of his money comes from YouTube views, we do know how much he makes per 1000 views. 

He gets paid approximately $1.21 per 1,000 views on YouTube. Considering he’s gotten 2.5 billion views on YouTube, that translates into more than $1,200 per one million views and 1.21 million dollars per billion views. 

How Much Are YNW Melly Tickets?

Considering his looming legal troubles, which could see him earning life imprisonment and even the death penalty, it looks as though fans will not have to worry about the cost of YNW Melly tickets for the foreseeable future. 

How Much Does YNW Melly Charge for a Feature?

It is currently unknown what price you must pay if you want YNW Melly for a feature, but perhaps he takes after fellow artist Kanye West

Reportedly, West doesn’t charge other artists for features. Instead, he bases when he does a feature on his impression of the artist if they’re newer or if it’s with a more significant artist who can boost up his own image. 

Related: Who Is Kanye West?

YNW Melly’s Tattoos

YNW Melly is currently sporting eight tattoos on the upper areas of his body, particularly his face and neck.  

Let’s start from the top and work our way down, shall we? 

The upper left side of his forehead, just under the hairline, has a tattoo of a tiny broken heart with the words “broken heart” next to it. 

Above his left eyebrow is the name “Melvin,” for his own name and his album, Melly vs. Melvin. 

On the right side of his forehead are the words “90’s Baby,” hinting at his 1999 birth year, with the letters “YNW” just below those and above his right eyebrow. 

On his right upper cheekbone, he has the number 17, in tribute to fellow rapper XXXTentacion

His other cheek has a heart tattoo again on the upper cheekbone. 

On his neck, he has the names “JANA” and “JAMIE.” The latter is to represent his mother. The former is for his friend’s mother, Jana Thompson. Ironically, that friend, Anthony, is one of the two rappers he has been charged with killing. 

YNW Melly’s only body tattoo can be found on his right arm. 

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Early Life

YNW Melly’s early life was not an easy one. As previously stated, he was raised by a single mother who could only afford for her and her son to live in one of the poorest parts of Gifford. 

They were so poor that his mother struggled to pay for housing and even basic necessities. His rough upbringing led him to join a gang, the Bloods, when he was very young.

His involvement soon led to his first run-in with the law. In 2015, he was arrested for shooting at some students near Vero Beach High School. His charges led to a conviction, and he was in prison for several months. 


YNW Melly was 15 years old when he first started posting his original songs and raps to SoundCloud. 

After being released from jail after his aggravated battery and assault, and discharging a firearm in public charges, he officially took on the stage name YNW Melly in 2016. “YNW,” which can stand for either “Young New Wave” or “Young N**** World,” is a hip-hop collective consisting of multiple other artists. 

After returning to jail in 2017 for violating his parole and being in possession of marijuana, YNW Melly released his first EP entitled Collect Call. The project had many features from many well-known rappers. The most notable were Lil B and John Wicks. 

One year later, he released more YNW Melly songs, including “Virtual (Blue Balenciagas),” “Slang That Iron,” and “Melly the Menace.” 

His music videos for these singles as well as “4 Real,” “Medium Fries,” and “Butter Pecan” quickly earned him recognition. As of January 2019, the latter three have built up a viewership of 26 million, 16 million, and 11 million views, respectively, on YouTube. 

In August of that same year, he released his debut YNW Melly album, or mixtape, I Am You, which eventually reached the 192 spot on the Billboard 200 chart on January 10, 2019. 

A week later, while still incarcerated for a second account of possession of marijuana, he released another mixtape, We All Shine, which had a total of 16 tracks. He brought more notable feature collaborations for the project, including with Kanye West for “Mixed Personalities,” which had an accompanying music video. 

By March 2019, he had earned a massive following on Spotify with more than 10 million monthly listeners and more than 200 million streams, the biggest of which was “Murder on My Mind.” 

The second of YNW Melly’s albums was Melly vs. Melvin, released on Nov. 22, 2019, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart. 

Just seven days later, he was featured on King Von’s single “Rollin.”

His stints in and out of jail continued to not stop him from moving forward in his music career. A remix of his “Suicidal” single was released on March 13, 2020, and featured late rapper and singer Juice Wrld. The song became YNW Mell’s second top 20 hit on the Hot 100 chart. 

Considering the pending murder charges plaguing him, it did become a year before the world heard from YNW Melly again after “Suicidal” was released. On March 5, 2021, he called upon Kodak Black to release “Thugged Out.” He followed that up with such notable singles as “Bestfriend 4L,” featuring Lil Tjay, and “Pieces,” featuring Queen Naija. They were the lead-up to his next studio album, Just a Matter of Slime.

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What Happened with Melly? 

In 2019, YNW Melly was charged with the first-degree murder of his two supposed friends, Anthony D’Andrew Williams, better known as YNW Sakchaser, and Christopher Thomas Jr., better known as YNW Juvy. 

His first trial, which began in June 2023, resulted in a hung jury, meaning they failed to reach a verdict, ending the court proceedings in a mistrial. A retrial is set for October 2, 2023. 

Related: YNW Melly’s Trial, Sentencing, and Prison Time: The Downfall

How Long is Melly Jailed For? 

Currently, YNW Melly remains incarcerated at the Broward County Jail in Florida. He will stay there without bail until his retrial commences later this year. 

If convicted, he could receive up to life in prison. That is if he avoids the death penalty, which is still a possibility despite it being thrown out in July 2022. It was reinstated as a possibility by an appellate judge in November 2022. 

Is Melly Still Making Money? 

Despite being in jail, YNW Melly is still making money thanks to many outlets that allow him to continually release his music. Some of the most significant ways include utilizing SoundCloud, and, in the case of his most recent album, Just a Matter of Slime, used pre-recorded vocals made before he was incarcerated. 

Did Melly Order a Hit on His Mom?

YNW Melly has shown much love for his mom in the past, even having her name tattooed on his neck; however, it seems there is still a dark past between the two. 

During his legal proceedings for his recent murder trial, prosecutors have also alluded to the disgraced rapper orchestrating the attempted murder of his mother. Court documents, released on June 26, 2023, to social media, show prosecutors have proof of the attempt through text exchanges. 

“If you read his phone, there’s narcotics trafficking and firearms violations authorizing the killing of his mother,” prosecutors stated when asked about it. “Those are the things that you would consider ‘authorizing.’” 

Just like with the murders of the two rappers, YNW Melly has continually maintained his innocence on this accusation as well. Instead, he has alluded that the entire allegation is part of the state’s agenda to get a conviction from the jury. 

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Written by Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2015. She has worked in journalism since 2015, beginning as production assistant and eventual head staff writer of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, she is a multimedia journalist with the Diocese of Nashville's Office of Media and Evangelization where she writes, does photography, and edits for several types of content, including the Tennessee Register, Catholic Awakenings, and She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas's newspaper, The Leaven, since 2016.
In her spare time, Peterson enjoys reading, spending time with her pup, Sadie Lynn, singing and songwriting.


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