After her remix of Bodak Yellow blew up on YouTube with almost 2 million views, Melii signed to Interscope Records as their new powerhouse rapper. Referring to the remix, she told Genius: “I feel like I bodied it or whatever, you know, just a little bit.”
Her breakout hit “Icey” is about ignoring the haters and maintaining self-confidence. It was created as a club anthem, a goal that was accomplished this summer. Melii’s raw Harlem roots shine through in the song with her syrupy flow yet sharp delivery. The pre-chorus features Spanish slang, a common theme within all of Melii’s songs. She explained to Genius: “When I threw in some Spanish in “Icey” it was cause I be up in the Heights, Washington Heights, and it was basically for my Spanish mamis that be in the club.” Melli grew up with strong female role models in the music industry, listening to hip-hop and R&B artists like Lil’ Kim and Destiny’s Child as well as Latinx artists like Ivy Queen and Miriam Cruz. Telling Mitú: “They opened the door for women who don’t care, who say what they have to say, who express themselves and are daring on the things they speak on.”
Melii has over 10,000 followers, and 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and her numbers are steadily growing. With her upcoming album “Phases” that’s set to be released within the next few months, there’s nowhere for her to go but up.
We can’t wait to see what she has to offer at Bandersnatch!
By Nikki Lee Wade