A very energetic and talented man, Merlyn Wood is a rapper who is best known for being a member of Brockhampton, a very popular American rap group which was formed in Texas. The group has succeeded in making lots of waves around the USA and abroad over the years, making the members, including Merlyn Wood quite famous.
Merlyn is known for being one of the most energetic members of the group and also one of its outstanding vocalists. He has become a highly sought after figure on social media as he has accrued a lot of followers who monitor his every move online.
We have been able to gather some facts about the rapper for your reading pleasure. Read on and learn more about him.
Merlyn Wood Bio (Age)
Merlyn Wood was born on the very 1st day of the month of May in the year 1996. The rapper was born in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. It is noteworthy that even though everyone now calls him Merlyn Wood, his full birth name is actually William Anku Kraka Mawuli Andoh Wood Jr.
According to sources, the rapper did not grow up in Ghana. Shortly after being born, his family relocated to Houston, a city in Texas, the USA, where he spent the majority of his childhood days. Details about Merlyn’s family remains quite vague. The identities of the rapper’s parents are unknown. He is, however, very fond of his parents and has shared a photo of his father on his Instagram page. It is not certain if he has any sibling.
While in Texas, he began elementary school. However, according to reports, after his 7th grade, Merlyn’s parents sent him to a boarding school back home in Ghana. He remained in Ghana for two years, completing his studies and developing immense love for music. He is reported to have joined a Jazz band and even played the saxophone for them.
After finishing his studies in Ghana, Merlyn returned to the United States and started attending The Woodland High School in Texas. It was here that everything changed for him after meeting his future band members.
Merlyn Wood’s exact height is not certain. Some reports have claimed that he stands at 5 feet 5 inches, but this claim has not been verified. The rapper has black hair and a pair of dark brown eyes. He is also reported to weigh around 67 kg.
Facts About The Hip Hop Artist
1. He met other Brockhampton members in high school
After Merlyn Wood returned to America from Ghana, he began to attend The Woodland High School in Texas. It was while in Woodland High School that he met and befriended other students identified as Kevin Abstract, Ameer Vann, Joba, and Matt Champion. They became friends because they had similar interests in music. They decided to form a music group but their plan did not materialize until much later when they had graduated.
2. He dropped out of university to do music
When Merlyn Wood finished from The Woodland High School, he was pressured by his parents to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in Architecture. However, he was not interested in studying architecture and was very distracted during his days at the university. He wanted desperately to do music instead. According to reports, he finally dropped out of school after just two years and reunited with his high school friends to do music.
3. His exploits with Brockhampton
After he dropped out of university, Merlyn Wood got together with his high school friends and together, they formed a band called AliveSinceForever. The band went active in 2012 and in 2013, they released their debut EP called ASF EP. Towards the end of 2014, Merlyn and his friends disbanded the AliveSinceForever band and changed their name to Brockhampton.
After the band changed its name from AliveSinceForever to Brockhampton, more members were added to the group. The band now consists of 13 members. Merlyn and his group members have since gone on to do exploits. Their first single, Bet I, was released in January 2015 and garnered some acclaim. Months later in June 2015, their second single, Hero, was released and their fame continued to grow. In fact, they ended up winning the VFiles Loud contest the same month.
The group continued releasing newer singles and now has 5 albums to its name. In 2018, their album Iridescence debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. The same year, it was announced that the band has signed a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records. The deal was reportedly worth an amazing $15 million for six albums over three years.
Brockhampton has gained lots of popularity, dragging the band members into the spotlight. In 2019, the group was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist as well as the Brit Award for International Group.
4. Merlyn Wood’s net worth
Apparently, Merlyn Wood’s work with Brockhampton has not only gotten him fame and some recognition but also a considerable amount of wealth. The group has sold several records, hitting the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 and winning loads of fans to themselves. This has fetched the group members some wealth.
At the moment, Merlyn Wood’s net worth has been pegged at between $900,000 to $1 million by celebrity wealth calculators.