On March 4, 2017, YNW Melly uploaded “Murder on My Mind” to SoundCloud. Five days later, he released the the audio on YouTube, where it has more than 16 million plays. Since its release, the song has been described as “haunting,” due to lyrics that go into uncomfortable detail about Melly’s imaginary murder story: “Yellow tape around his body, it's a fucking homicide/His face is on a T-shirt and his family traumatized/I didn't even mean to shoot him, he just caught me by surprise/I reloaded my pistol, cocked it back, and shot him twice.” In an August 2018 interview with Fader, Melly explained those lyrics may have contributed to him bouncing back to jail. “The second verse, in which he describes a murder, caught the attention of the state attorney, who read it aloud in court,” the magazine explained. “Though he said they brought up other petty infractions, Melly contends it was the lyrics that landed him back in jail for violating his probation.”