Self-described as the "jiggy shorty with the curls," 22-year-old singer, rapper and songwriter Melli is cultivating a buzz that is as hard-earned as it is pre-destined. As a teenager, she first found her voice through poetry, drawing inspiration from being immersed in the vibrant, expressive and eclectic cultures found in her backyard of New York City.
In 2017, the East Harlem native released her take on Cardi B's breakout single, "Bodak Yellow." In true form to her Dominican heritage, Melii's version was bilingual, setting the stage for her to consistently weave her roots into her music. After the song went viral, Melii continued to build a name for herself, releasing a slew of singles such as "Icey," "Charlie's Line," as well as collaborating with the likes of Meek Mill.
Speaking with REVOLT TV's Scottie Beam at Rolling Loud Miami this May, Melii shared what inspires her to keep pushing forward, as well as waxed poetic on how she embraces her unique talents to disrupt the norm.
"I'm here representing for all women who work hard for what they want," she says, touching on what she aims to stand for in regards to her artistry. "I'm here leading a good example."
In March 2019, Melii released her debut album, phAses, a dynamic offering that included collaborations with artists such as Tory Lanez and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, as well as showcased how she is equally as comfortable rapping and singing.
As far as her motivation to keep pushing forward, Melii explains, "It's about knowing, it's about manifesting, it's about living in your purpose. If you're dedicated to something, you're gonna get it. There's no turning back if you're just going forward towards what you want."