Published on November 26, 2019 by
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In the latest FADER x WAV Present Frequencies mini-doc, we spend time with the Harlem-born rapper as she rises to the top.

“In general, my music is for bad bitches,” Harlem-born rapper Melii tells us in the latest episode of FREQUENCIES, The FADER’s collaborative documentary series with WAV. Documenting her rise from lost free spirit in high school to the leader of the “Icey” revolution, the 22-year-old says she’s on good terms with herself now, though she confesses, “it took me a while to love myself, but now that I do… I don’t want to hold back ever.” Melii says PS197, her high school, is “where I got corrupted” and where she dealt with bullying, which made her start rapping and taught her how to cut back at people. When she was 18, she dropped out of high school because her time in the studio was affecting it, assuring her mom: “I’m gonna go hard in this. I’m gonna do what I have to do to make it.”

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Produced by The FADER and Underhill Productions

Director: Matthew Seger and Dexter Brierley

Executive Producers: Rob Stone, Jon Cohen, Andy Cohn, Anthony Holland

Senior Production Manager: Madison LaClair

Associate Producer: Claire Lilly

Director of Photography: Matthew Seger and Dexter Brierley

Assistant Camera: James Lamberg

Sound Mixer: Jose Villaman

Photographer: Tom Van Scoyoc

Production Assistant: Barbara Barton

Editor: Dior Rodriguez

Color: Josh Bohoskey at The Mill

Sound Mix: Jose Villaman

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