Yonas Mellesse is an independent hip hop artist with a breakout mixtape titled The Transition who released charting EPs titled The Black Canvas and Going Places. He has albums titled The Proven Theory and The Transition Deluxe.
He began to take violin lessons as early as the age of five and would go on to study classical violin. In 2009, he released a debut EP called The New Golden Era featuring his Billboard Songwriting Award-winning single "Banga."
His remix of the Foster the People song "Pumped Up Kicks" went viral on YouTube. His song "Fall Back" was featured in the feature film The Place Beyond the Pines.
He was born in New York, New York.