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How Anime Inspired YNW Melly’s ‘Suicidal’ Music Video | Song Stories

November 28, 2019


[HOST] YNW Melly releases his latest animated
visual from behind bars, “Suicidal.” [HOST] “Suicidal” is the second track
off Melly’s latest album, ‘Melly vs. Melvin’ and it’s produced by frequent collaborator
Z3N. The two previously worked together on “No
Heart” and “Gang.” Some records you just know is a special record, y’know. [HOST] The Argentine producer spoke with Genius
about the creation of “Suicidal.” He just started rapping it to me and I just
uh pulled up some keys and played the chords [HOST] Z3n loved working with Melly. With me, he was always in such like such good moods. Always came across as a genuine guy and always had a smile on his face and he was happy. And just brought a great energy to the room
[HOST] According to Z3n, “Suicidal” was cut a day before Melly turned himself in on
charges of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his two friends, YNW Juvy
and YNW Sakchaser. If convicted he could face the death penalty. [HOST] But on “Suicidal,” we see a different
side of Melly as he mentions Hennessy and the party drug molly he uses to get over a
breakup. [HOST] The music video, directed and animated
by Tristan Zammit came together rather quickly. We really crunched this whole video out in
two weeks or less. It’s not the first time we’ve done that, probably won’t be the last. [HOST] Tristan and his assistant Alex shared some insights behind the video with Genius. [HOST] His team also helmed “Dying For
You,” a collaboration with Melly’s younger brother, YNW BSlime, as well as the late XXXTentacion’s
“Sauce!” and many others. [HOST] Although the theme of “Suicidal”
was dark, Tristan and his team chose to lighten things up. I didn’t want to make it too dark because
that wasn’t the right mood for it That’s why there is like a noose in it but I tried to lighten it up relate it more to
like love. [HOST] There are also a number of different
animation signatures in this flick. So I was trying to come up with a real fun
way to transition people’s styles. If you watch the video, Melly like sketches
out a drawing of him Alex’s scene starts and it’s a more sketchy fun style. [HOST] But one thing unifies the video and
much of Zammit’s animation work. Anime. Honestly the whole intro with the paneling
is fully inspired by ‘Fooly Cooly’ outro just has a bunch of panels coming in and out and
the heartbeat is a reference to the same outro. [HOST] The early aughts cult favorite anime
‘Fooly Cooly’ is about a young boy growing up in a small town. HARUKO: He’s dead! This young boy is completely dead! [HOST] And that wasn’t the only cult classic
anime referenced. During the production of this video I basically just had a really rare artbook from ‘Samurai Champloo’ just open on my desk that I would
kinda just reference for style notes. [HOST] ‘Samurai Champloo’ is mid 2000s anime
centered around a roaming Japanese samurai that included a soundtrack of hip-hop, jazz
and more. I wanted Melly to have a bit of likeness resembling
Jin from ‘Samurai Champloo’ so I would just have like model sheets of and drawing of him
on my desk. Jin: You’ve got the wrong guy. And don’t worry about waiting for the Yagyus
because they’re all gone. Mugen: Gone? Jin: I killed all three. [HOST] Tristan also cites the ‘sakuga’
or an elevated form of Japanese animation where the production kicks up a few notches
for fight scenes and dramatic events – seen here in ‘Akira’ when Tetsuo loses control
over his powers or in the “Suicidal” clip when Melly’s head explodes into his hands. Usually in my videos I try to allocate one or two scenes
that I would attribute something sakuga-esque. [HOST] All in all, Tristan just hopes to make
something that Melly would’ve liked. I just want to make something that is an ode
to them. I don’t want to be like sad. [HOST] And it appears that the video is doing
just that to the tune of more than 2 million views over a weekend. [HOST] If you’d like to find out more about
“Suicidal” check out the song page on Genius.com. [HOST] I’m Jacques Morel with Genius News,
bringing you the meaning and the knowledge behind the music. Peace!

100 Comments

  • Reply Zuu x Azu November 25, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Free melly

  • Reply DGMG STRYKER November 25, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Hey did you already watch a Listen Mag ‘s video?
    I really appreciate the content on this channel, it s chill and lofi generally !🧠
    The link of the last video:
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    ☺️👍

  • Reply Jarrett Spinks November 25, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I feel some type of way because y’all mentioned my favorite anime’s FLCL and Champloo

  • Reply Jack Gregory November 25, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Hi

  • Reply 𝕍𝕆𝕃𝔸𝕀ℝ𝔼 November 25, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Anime is always a good source for any kind of inspiration

  • Reply White Quail November 25, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    "I, giorno giovanna, am in a YNW melly music video"

  • Reply GadKW November 25, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    ;3

  • Reply DudeBattery November 25, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Genius hooking us up with the info 💯

  • Reply LeBeautiful November 25, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    SAMURAI CHAMPLOOOO

  • Reply Lil K Trigga November 25, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Go comment "Gang" on my last video so my ex gf thinks im in a gang lol

  • Reply Savageslayer 0420 November 25, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Yoo

  • Reply Hassan Mahone November 25, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Who’s been a fan of Genius before 2019??
    🎭
    👇

    👇I’m gifting my next 100 loyal subs🎁🤯

  • Reply DuskyFN November 25, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    like this just becuz…

  • Reply Mrbeast gofundme November 25, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    "I, Giorno Giovanna, am in YNW Melly's video"

  • Reply Sidney Money November 25, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Genius never fail to give us information

  • Reply caitlin spry November 25, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    666 likes before I added mine

  • Reply Larsky November 25, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    👁

  • Reply GLOCK NINETEEN November 25, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    SAMUARAI CHAMPLOO WAS A GOOD SHOW BUT COWBOY BEBOP WAS WAY BETTER . THAT WAS MY FAVORITE SHOW .

  • Reply The BraZz November 25, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    this song is so lit

  • Reply Tiny Torrance TV November 25, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Hey Genius!

    I want to make a verified video or Song Story with you!

  • Reply Davaughn November 25, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Anyone else click because of Samurai Champloo?

  • Reply Steviie TV November 25, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Shit fire no cap

  • Reply Mookery November 25, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Of all the anime references they should've put a Mangekyo Sharingan on Melly

  • Reply Cubed November 25, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    He looks like he made out of triangles

  • Reply Astazz November 25, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Anime is a good source for inspiration

  • Reply Goofy Laws November 25, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I was saying it was anime someone should edit the animation the snake sceen was golden

  • Reply V0RCE Gaming November 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Anime? That’s for W E E B S

    I’m kidding chill

  • Reply X lil_vanzz X November 25, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    this guy knows everything 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍

  • Reply $amSon November 25, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    This song basic AF. It will be forgotten this time next year.

  • Reply JOSHUA BONSU November 25, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Love you guys if you love yourself like ths

  • Reply Moha AMV’s November 25, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Did the same person that animated Boondocks animate Suicidal?

    I made an AMV on Suicidal : https://youtu.be/SwbFGQWjxWk

    AMV means Anime Music Video

  • Reply lol dude November 25, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    lmfao they really ain’t gon talk about naruto with those tails and that snake tongue?

  • Reply David Zii November 26, 2019 at 12:02 am

    WEEBS OUT AYAYA

  • Reply Clippa Vascoo November 26, 2019 at 12:02 am

    I was like 1k and comment 144

  • Reply Badd Baddie November 26, 2019 at 12:05 am

    I luv ppl if they like

    👇🏽

  • Reply Jalen Lyons November 26, 2019 at 12:23 am

    samurai champloo💪🏾

  • Reply Guy in the Crowd November 26, 2019 at 12:26 am

    There is a possibility that this man killed 2 people

  • Reply Guy in the Crowd November 26, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Can y'all niggas finally watch an anime that's not Naruto or DBZ 😑

  • Reply Indra Taylor November 26, 2019 at 12:29 am

    🙏🏿

  • Reply Yahweh November 26, 2019 at 12:49 am

    DUDE TOONAMI xDddddd lolz

  • Reply Insert Name November 26, 2019 at 12:57 am

    YNW MELLY GOING TO THE ELECTRIC CHAIR WOOT WOOT

  • Reply David Hughes November 26, 2019 at 1:09 am

    PLEASE NOTE KINDA FUCKED UP THEY TOOK MURDER SCENE AND REFERENCES FOR THE ANIME CUTS, THE ONLY FAIR ONE WAS OF AKIRA????? WOW GENIUS IS KINDA FUCCED UP FOR THAT!!!!!

  • Reply Jason November 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Don't know why you guys want to give a murderer shine like this. Low class.

  • Reply carti! November 26, 2019 at 1:44 am

    They always get this man for the anime videos.

  • Reply N/A November 26, 2019 at 1:46 am

    "Centered around a roaming japanese samurai"
    Mugen, Gene and Fuu… Samurai Champloo.

    Genius get your facts straight

  • Reply Dani W. November 26, 2019 at 1:51 am

    that tristan guys pretty hot

  • Reply Lewis Guapo November 26, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Who dubs anime? 🙄 You don't dub…

  • Reply ANT November 26, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Guess we pretending this dude's not a murderer. Ok.

  • Reply bobbysoxer November 26, 2019 at 2:30 am

    beautiful ass song

  • Reply YungJavoCoop music November 26, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Flcl is about a young boy growing up and absolutely nothing else😂 strictly normal

  • Reply Saiyan Prince November 26, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Anime just the goat

  • Reply wells November 26, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Nigga JAIL inspired this video cuz he wasn't available for it…as if they had any other choice other than to animate it 😂

  • Reply Vin November 26, 2019 at 3:14 am

    I’m sipping on that Hennessy oooo

  • Reply Four Side November 26, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Samurai champloo is so good

  • Reply Fooxe November 26, 2019 at 3:50 am

    The power of anime is amazing anime truly will save this world

  • Reply Evolution November 26, 2019 at 4:04 am

    X bad cartoon music video looks like it was made by the same person that made the music video of “Suicidal” by Melly

  • Reply Female Doggy November 26, 2019 at 4:23 am

    So they found that the shots came from inside of the car… and we still supporting this dude?

  • Reply Andres Fragoso November 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

    That shirt thou💆‍♂️

  • Reply Berzan G November 26, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Ball Sack Nuts

  • Reply L2 Brothers November 26, 2019 at 5:37 am

    wow voice l like style!! bro

  • Reply Brent Pilgrim November 26, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Great inspiration…love anime…but I’m not a fan of mumble rap…it sounds like literally every other generic song…wish Anderson paak did this instead…

  • Reply oogie boogie爆笑 November 26, 2019 at 5:42 am

    What shirt is Jacques wearing? I really want to buy that.

  • Reply Wayne's Hammer November 26, 2019 at 6:16 am

    The nigga music trash 😂

  • Reply Xaillou-V つみ November 26, 2019 at 6:25 am

    I’m a simple man, I see FLCL I click

  • Reply Xaillou-V つみ November 26, 2019 at 6:26 am

    FLCL FAVORITE ANIME OF ALL TIMES

  • Reply sven bob November 26, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Is ynw melly free?

  • Reply Lil SoundCloud November 26, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Sunflower Samurai

  • Reply Madias Beats November 26, 2019 at 6:57 am

    What bout naruto reference!?

  • Reply NM November 26, 2019 at 7:38 am

    One of the most beautiful songs and visuals I’ve seen in a while

  • Reply BgBeast4 November 26, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I see Samurai champloo i click.
    I see Flcl i click fast.

  • Reply The Veggie Nerd November 26, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Tristan! You're awesome!

  • Reply atnip November 26, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Since when did making something fast = impressive… just take your time and wait till its perfect… i mean alot of it is pretty good but some of it just seems unfinished or like its missing something. But maybe thats just me.

  • Reply BlaXEя November 26, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Nujabes♥️

  • Reply Stefan Gavric November 26, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Samurai Champloo is such an amazing yet underrated anime ….

  • Reply cxrdz November 26, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Flcl and samurai champloo 🥳

  • Reply Kirito Hokage November 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Just stop nobody cares anymore

  • Reply D Kambo November 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Samurai Champloo is dope

  • Reply LilVolt TV November 26, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    https://youtu.be/JNvr0ehhcNk DEFEAT ZOMBIE BOSS 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧟‍♀️👀 COD

  • Reply DripGxd_Cam November 26, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    lil skies did it first and he did it better

  • Reply crappety November 26, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    No he did not mention Molly at all in the song.

  • Reply Richie Rich November 26, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Looks like boondocks mixed with Andre 3000’s cartoon

  • Reply it's ya boi DaZe November 27, 2019 at 1:12 am

    I love fooly cooly

  • Reply fresh kid November 27, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Samurai champloo is fire

  • Reply Jason McNeil November 27, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Yes flcl representation

  • Reply 6ix Sv November 27, 2019 at 1:39 am

    https://youtu.be/3N6AX5asY5o 🇯🇲🙏🏾❤️💯💯🙏🏾🇯🇲‼️❤️♨️💯🇯🇲🇯🇲

  • Reply うざい野郎 November 27, 2019 at 1:45 am

    more like cartoon lel

  • Reply MikuCoolMix November 27, 2019 at 2:06 am

    💖

  • Reply percocet November 27, 2019 at 3:05 am

    i don’t even think melly knows what anime is lmao

  • Reply Afro_Soul Edits November 27, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Idk why yall niggas act so surprise that rappers aka black people like anime, we been rocking wit anime since the 80s …shit most 18-20+ was into anime during 90s and early 2000s

  • Reply Mighty Mighty Gotenks November 27, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Bruhhhhh cmon now genius, samurai champloo is about two roaming samurai with a girl who want to find another samurai.

  • Reply RiceSoup November 27, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Anyone know where the Giorno part is?

  • Reply Dashon Spriggs November 27, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Fooly Cooly AND Samurai Champloo 👏🏾 respect

  • Reply YWR November 27, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Don’t let this video distract you from the fact that Epstein didn’t kill himself

  • Reply PRIME TIME TV PRANKS November 27, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    He was gonna say garbage 00:22 😂😂😂

  • Reply Tim Boomin November 27, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Samurai champloo 🐐

  • Reply erik_cucumber_ November 27, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Bro samurai champloo is actually my fav anime

  • Reply luchalibri November 27, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    00:23 yu know he wanted to say some records are garbage n caught himself hard lmao

  • Reply Rose HobisFlower November 28, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Video is cool but I don’t get why y’all are giving him attention.

  • Reply ayushposts November 28, 2019 at 11:06 am

    ok. tristan is a WEEB

  • Reply Jordan Rowe November 28, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I though there was a call back to robin from one piece, because of all the arms turning into flower petals.

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