YNW Melly can’t sit still. 

Shaking out restless energy before the opening night of his very first headlining tour, he makes his way through a crowded room of photographers backstage at S.O.B.’s in Manhattan. “I’ve got diamonds in my mouth and 30 bands in my pocket,” he announces with an exaggerated smile, proudly revealing a new grill. “I had to come through icy.” 

As showtime nears, Melly flips on his game face and disappears to a side room for shots of Hennessy. The room erupts in howls, and a friend notices the sudden arrival of Melly’s second personality. 

“Oh, shit, Melvin’s here!”  

Everyone laughs. Melvin laughs the hardest. 

Two days later, YNW Melly, born Jamell Maurice Demons, will turn himself in to Florida law enforcement, charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder. Local police claim they have forensic evidence that suggests Melly and rapper YNW Bortlen staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting, covering up the murder of their close friends YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvy.

“A couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want to find justice,” Demons writes on Instagram moments before the news breaks, posting a photo of himself with Juvy, Sakchaser, and Bortlen. “Unfortunately a lot of rumors and lies are being said but no worries god is with me and my brother YNW Bortlen.” He finishes the note by telling fans, “We want y’all to remember it’s a YNW family I love you YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvy #freeus.”