Meaning of “Mama Cry” by YNW Melly

In “Mama Cry”, YNW Melly sings from the standpoint of someone serving time in prison. Or to be more specific, Melly composed this song when he was literally locked up back in 2017.  In it, he is imploring his mother not to lament over the fact that he is incarcerated.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for YNW Melly's Mama Cry at

As the reader may already be aware, YNW is currently (as of February 2019) facing very-serious legal issues that may result in him spending the rest of his young life in prison.  Based on the timing of the release of this song as a single and the accompanying music video, if those allegations are true, it can be said that “Mama Cry” is a self-fulfilling prophecy, as in Melly knew very well the possibility that he may be re-incarcerated. However, this track was already recorded and released before the actual murder he is accused of took place. So he is not specifically referring to that incident as the cause of his imprisonment.

The song itself gives a terse yet compelling look at life behind bars for the youthful Melly. He suffered a lot not only due to the substandard conditions he had to physically live in but also the inner turmoil he experienced due to putting his mom through such emotional pain. He doesn’t try to play the innocent role. Rather he admits his guilt and requests forgiveness from both God and his mother.

Lyrics of "Mama Cry"

Quick Facts about “Mama Cry”

  • Writer(s): This song was written exclusively by YNW Melly.
  • Album/EP: This is the sixth song from Melly’s 2018 debut album, I Am You.
  • Release Date: This track was released on 3 August 2018.
  • Record Label: The label behind the release of “Mama Cry” is 300 Entertainment.
  • Interesting Stuff: On the same day the music video for “Mama Cry” dropped, YNW Melly was denied bail in the double-murder case he is currently facing. The two guys YNW is accused of killing were part of his rap crew and indeed also went by the tag “YNW”.

73 Responses

  1. Evelys Oxford says:

    why was he in jail though that is what I want to know

  2. Junior says:

    Hi I love your song

  3. yamahattr90 says:

    He accidentally shot his friend after getting scared.

    • Anonymous says:

      but i thought that was for murder on my mind????????????????????????????????

      • Heyoo says:

        it is fro murder on my mind thats one of the songs that corolate to the events. but this song was saying sry to his mother cause he was going to jail for murder after being denied bail.

    • Anonymous says:

      No. Everything in murder on my mind was fake.

    • Anonymous says:

      So basically melly has 2 personalities. One is melly and the second one is Melvin. So basically melly controls his self in the day time. Melvin controls him at night time. So i guess it was melvin’s turn to hop in so he shot his friends but it wasn’t melly.

  4. cody says:

    melly is awesome and inosent

  5. Elexis says:

    Melly is amazing!!! <3

  6. Tyler says:

    Melly didnt deserve to go to jail and I feel so bad for his mom 🙁

  7. Caleb Marliere says:

    I was looking forward to meeting him. But then I heard that he went to jail for murder. That crushed my dreams. His music is the main music I like.

  8. Maggie Parks says:

    I’m sad for him because of what he put his mother through and also because he is in jail.

  9. Jeidez says:

    Melly is awesome

  10. deez nuts says:

    Mellys music is awesome!!!!

  11. maddie says:

    i got sent off and i havent seen my mom in 6 months. i put her through alot of pain.

  12. :P says:

    Melly´s mama please don´t cry he´s sorry!
    Don´t worry he´ll be out soon!

  13. UwU says:

    I feel so bad

  14. kiki says:

    Dont cry he´s sorry!

  15. Anonymous says:

    “its hard to move on when youre chained in shackles” we love you man

  16. Anonymous says:

    Bruh why are you guys saying he’s innocent lmao. He literally took someone’s life and deserves what he got. Just because his music is good doesn’t excuse what he did.

  17. Tan xuan en says:

    I feel sorry for you

  18. Kaylee says:

    I love all his music and this one hits hard.

  19. Anonymous says:

    omg i love all his songs

    • Rene w. says:

      I am a 53 ye old mom n my son dedicated this song to me b4 he went to prison on 3 to 10 yrs. I love this song and play it often as well as a few of his other ones. Melly is a very talented person with his music. My son got into listening to his music. Mama cry is my favorite song. Saying prayers for Melly, his mom cuz I know how she feels.

  20. Hey says:

    I cant wait for new song

  21. vict0ri4_48 says:

    same broo is he out of jail?

  22. derek says:

    bruh just hearing abut this makes me wanna die

  23. BillyX.O says:

    Melly is talented rapper and singer,from murder on my mind,suicidal and lots more..i just hope he gets out soon..

  24. Anonymous says:

    he puts a lot of emotion and hard work in his songs

  25. Anonymous says:

    Bro this is sad i wanna just know what happened

  26. YNW Melly says:

    I’m free. Finally free. Everybody I missed you.

  27. Anonymous says:

    He “killed” 2 of his friends 🤥 it’s a lie he is not guilty

  28. yeah he did kill 2 people says:


  29. JB says:

    Why does spotify say this song is explicit I cant find any curse words in it

  30. Anonymous says:

    I cried to this song ):

  31. Anonymous says:

    I wake up in the morning I got murder on my mind Ak-47 Mac 11 Glocks & 9s and all these pu-sy ni–as hatin Tryna knock me off my grind I can’t let ‘em do it cause I got murder on my mind bitch I got murder on my mind

  32. Anonymous says:

    Y’all my mama b-day ws on oct 4th and i wrote her a card and ws inspired by Melly’s song mama cry, this how much i like this song cz i love my mama, she always by my side. ????????????

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