YNW Melly has spoken out following reports of his alleged plot to escape from prison.
After the Florida Sheriff’s Office made the accusation during a court hearing on September 27, Akademiks shared a video of a jail call with the rapper on Sunday (October 2). During the conversation, Melly showed his appreciation for God, as well as his fans for supporting him while he’s behind bars.
“This is YNW Melly,” he said during the call. “I just wanna let all my fans know that God is real and Jesus is real, you know what I’m saying? He has anointed my head with oil, you feel me?
“He has cleansed my soul. He has blessed me to really see the reason y’all love me, the reason everybody loves my music, is because of God. He gave me that gift. He is the reason I’m coming home – nobody else.”
He added: “I love y’all, and I love y’all so much. I thank God for all of y’all every day. Thank y’all, just keep me in your prayers. Amen.”
On September 29, the Broward County Sheriff’s General Counsel’s Office shared a statement with Complex detailing evidence backing up their claim that YNW Melly had attempted to escape.
“On April 11, 2022, Broward Sheriff’s Office received a confidential tip regarding inmates Nicholas Lewis and [YNW Melly], both housed in the same unit at the Main Jail, planning an escape from jail by having Demons’ attorney bring in two handcuff keys to aid in the escape,” the statement read. “Additional information provided by the source was that Lewis had a shank and drugs.”
Jail authorities received the tip from another inmate and conducted a search of Lewis’ cell. They discovered a six-inch shank, two razor blades, two lighters, rolling papers and Seroquel and Klonopin pills, which he isn’t prescribed. Melly’s cell was also searched, but they only found commissary food and “excessive jail-issued clothing.”
The accusations arrived just days after Melly was accused of housing “shanks” and “a pipe bomb” in his jail cell.
“The confidential source gave us two pieces of information,” said Christian Tsoubanos, Assistant General Counsel for the Broward Sherriff’s Office, during the hearing. “One of them [about the shank and drugs] turned out to be a hundred percent true.
“And when they did the search of [YNW Melly’s] cell, they did not find the handcuff key, but it could have been that there was not an opportunity to bring it into the facility yet.”
YNW Melly has been incarcerated in Broward County, Florida since 2019 following his arrest for allegedly murdering his two friends, Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas Jr. and Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams.