6ix9ine's rapidly evolving legal case has captured the attention of the world. Most people following the case know the young rapper, and many are aware of his former manager Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, but there is another person caught up in the indictment who should be familiar to many hip-hop fans, too.

Jamel Jones is listed with the aka "Mel Murda" in the state's indictment, but you might know him by another name: Mel Matrix.

Jamel was reportedly caught on tape threatening to "super-violate" 6ix9ine, leading to a chain of events that culminated in the arrests two Sundays ago. But before that, he had a history in hip-hop as a member of the Jim Jones-led group Byrd Gang. We trace some of the highlights below.