Jelani Edwards also known as HYMM Legendary was born and raised in Brownsville Brooklyn New York by Caribbean parents Garry “Tunka” Edwards and Donna Durant.
HYMM Legendary is an aspiring young rapidly rising Reggae artist infusing a Hip Hop flavor and a very stylistic appealing message carrying form of music
Coming from a strong family that was deeply rooted into the Rastafarian culture, with his father from St. Vincent and his mother from Jamaica and one older brother. HYMM was raised around a large formidable, diverse and bonded family with lots of diverse talents; and yet managed to stand out in his own unique way. To this day HYMM Legendary’s greatest influence and inspiration has been his father. HYMM Legendary grew up in some difficult times and witnessed and heard a great many inspiring stories of his father’s multi-talents, great determination and ultimately about his father being a natural born mover and shaker. His father routinely flew and traveled around the world playing in and for bands as well as also assisting with preparation of equipment for countless Reggae shows including for such legendary artist such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dennis Brown, Luciano and many more. And was also featured in Queen Latifah's video in the mid-90s...Eventually also building his own band by the name of "Private Project". His father was always his main role model and motivation growing up and responsible for getting HYMM Legendary into such activities as soccer, Karate, boxing and into his calling of music.
At a young age his father noticed HYMM Legendary had a great Love for Music from seeing him practicing lines off music albums to recording videos to playing with the instruments his father had in the house.HYMM Legendary was always was surrounded by music. And his father-Tunka decided to put him to the test!
His father being a major part in a band himself, Tunka already played a great role in producing and having shows and parties that featured various artist on a monthly rotation. And decided to put HYMM on stage to sing one of his favorite songs at that moment from ‘Buju Banton’, named "till I am Layed to Rest" and the crowd loved HYMM Legendary. It was at that moment that he truly realized the love he had for music and performing.
At a certain stage early in his life his father and mother flew both HYMM and his brother to St. Vincent feeling that certain elements and dangerous living conditions in New York would place them in jeopardy and at risk It was during this time that HYMM realized his roots were deeper than he thought, learning a different lifestyle, and how to survive in poverty conditions. Growing up as The Rebel he was now exposed very strict schooling. Both brothers made the best out of it...and in the early 1990s when both returned to New York things would be a lot different to adjust to and readapting to his surroundings was a challenging part of that.During this readjustment time it proved to be a little difficult at times and was getting him into a great deal of trouble in school
HYMM grew up deep in the streets of Brooklyn that was much different from what it is now and being easily exposed and involved with bad influences and gangs he nonetheless still gravitated to music. Through these elements HYMM gained a love for Rap and Hip Hop music.
HYMM’s father at this time ventured off into other businesses which led him to be drawn to such artists as heavy D,boyz2men, 112, Lost Boyz ,OGC, Smiff n Wesson, Biggie Smalls, Jay z, 2 Pac, etc.
HYMM then decided to move into the genre of Rap and self-taught himself by following the ways of the greats. However, always wanting to be different he created his own style of rapping..
Spending a great amount of time with his childhood friend Niko Alexis, they always united together holding onto their dreams and shared a fondness for similar music. Living next door to each other and attending the same elementary school and junior high school, both of them fell in love with Rapping/Hip Hop around the same time and continually spent time sharping their skills. However, they were separated at as young teenager’s when Niko went to Virginia and HYMM remained in Brooklyn.
It was then that HYMM ventured off to work with other artist form his neighborhood, keeping what he called his musical mystic flowing. But, knowing he had to find his own household name he began soul searching and brain storming delving into his varied experiences of all he been through, he came up with the name "Odd Individual’s" (O.I.), branching from a group he was involved with....
Knowing that while he was doing music he always had a hard time getting people to get his name correct he mentally went through varied name transitions for himself and had a difficult time finding the perfect name for himself.
Now, soon to return Niko contacted HYMM and they discovered that they both were still into their music. They both formed and built O.i recording.
In the early 2000’s HYMM reunited with another one of his
childhood friends by the name of "Princess Menen" and at the time she was venturing with her career in Reggae music, HYMM felt it would be a great idea to touch base with his roots.
They began to make music together, performing all around the 5 boroughs of NY, opening new doors and though this HYMM discovered new sounds within himself.
HYMM then realized he had a few more talents that he never exercised.And along the way the birth of the name (H.Y.M.M) manifested. Being that his style of music enveloped into a diverse and versatile form and that his original name was difficult for others to pronounce. For Jalani it would make perfect sense to name himself HYMM which is in the Rasta Culture the King of Ethiopia's abbreviation of majesty Hale Selassie I. It was plain, simple and powerful" and not wanting to be misunderstood (HYMM) felt the name was straight to the point and had a lot of meaning... it felt "Legendary" to him.
Almost losing his life twice to the streets and after losing two close friends, HYMM decided to take the music more seriously putting together a work ethic that would relieve his stress, keep him out of violence. Further, also setting a mission to finishing what his father started and making his family and friends aware of his genuine talent.
With great passion, on a mission to be one of the best to ever make music HYMM's sound ranges anywhere from Dancehall, Hip Hop, R&B, Country, Soul, Reggaesoul & the list may go on....
Through tough times, exposure to numerous cultures, travels and journeys Hymm Legendary has remained pure of heart, loving and giving, hopeful and dedicated to his music. Taking his art to a level of purpose and dignity and sending out a message with each song… Hi diversified music and stage presence are memorable and touching and ever evolving.
Hymm Legendary was Awarded Brooklyn’s Best Music Group alongside Princess Menen and Versatile Excell at the Brooklyn Music Festival. (2009) He was the 2017 DSC NEC Mic Event Winner at New York City Technical College.
Hymm Legendary and company have been known to rock the Annual “We Hate Cancer” Boat Ride for the last 4 years consecutively.
HYMM has captivated audiences in venues across the NYC area including Amazura, Brooklyn Rocks Cafe (formerly known as Temptations Night Club), The Buzz Night Club and the historical Kraine Theatre.