There are times while scrolling on Twitter when a song pops up on your timeline that turns out to be a gem. Melii’s “Icey” back in March was one of those moments when the click was well worth it. Melii wastes no time on the track with the irresistible hook letting listeners full force into the slick mouth, feisty, blunt chick from Harlem.
Her bars integrate her Latina roots, Dominican to be exact. And for it to be on her first single, she made it clear that they were going to be apart of her signature sound.
Coming from a family with a musical background, the 20-year-old was immersed in her home with the sounds of Latin music along with her own headphones blasting her biggest influences, fellow New Yorker Nicki Minaj and J.Cole. Her journey all began with her self expression through poetry, singing, music classes and while growing up people pointing out her star quality. Instead of only simply accepting the affirmations, she dropped out of high school and chased the dream of being a rapper.
Melii first started recording in the projects, had a contract go wrong, but after her “Bodak Yellow” cover, in less than a year she was signed to Interscope Records.
After “Icey”, she has dropped multiple teasing singles including “Sh*t Talk” and “La Envidia Mata” that got people feening for more.
As the tide is changing of ladies of rap coming to the forefront, what makes Melii stand out as a promising artist in rap is her energy that grips you in while she fully locks into her songs and goes on spazz mode.
She recently featured on arguably one of the best albums of 2018, Meek Mill’s Championships. Meek is known in the game for his effortless energy going toe to toe with his production, making it an instant banger. Melii stood ten toes down on “Wit the S***s” by not getting overshadowed by the star studded tracklist including features from Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Cardi B. Social media has been praising her for having one of the album’s hardest verses.
Melii doesn’t believe she’s in competition with anyone. What may come off as cocky in actuality is Melii understanding that it’s useless to pay comparisons any mind when her eyes should be focused on the stardom that has been waiting to be snatched since her childhood.
In an interview with Mitú, she expressed how she’s heavily against the belief that there can only be one female rapper being praised and supported.
“If you allow that mentality that there can only be one, then you’re only making music to compete with others rather than being an artist and sticking to your purpose.”
Melii has the hunger and confidence that’s required to takeover and be the king persona, not queen, that she declares to the world with her music.