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Jelly Roll Net Worth | Real Name & Kids

What is Jelly Roll’s net worth? Also, who are Jelly Roll’s wife and kids?

Introduction

American rapper Jelly Roll (real name – Jason DeFord) has had quite the time kick-starting his music career.

From spending time in jail, to having a kid at a very young age, to receiving a cease and desist from Waffle House – this young lyricist’s story is all but boring!

Read about his early life, career path, family and relationships, and more.

The Origin Story

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He was born on December 4, 1986. Jelly Roll grew up in Nashville, especially in the Southside community of Antioch.

DeFord’s father left him and his mother on their own when he was just a teen.

From then on, his mom didn’t have hardly anything to her name.

DeFord said anyone who had anything in his small hometown of Antioch, Tennessee, only had it from selling drugs.

He, too, fell into the cycle of dealing pretty early on.

So much so that he dropped out of high school. 

At age 14, Jason was incarcerated, which precipitated an ongoing cycle of incarcerations until 2009 that included a drug possession conviction.

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Debut Solo Album

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In 2005, DeFord released his debut solo studio album, ”Halfway House.”

Jelly says his stint as a drug dealer put a lot of free time in his hands, which he used to start making rap music.

In 2010, DeFord collaborated with a rapper out of Memphis, Lil Wyte, to create a song titled “Pop Another Pill,” which went viral on YouTube.

The two made an album called “Year Round” with the hip-hop group SNO under the Hypnotize Minds label the next year.

The most notable song from this album has to be “Come Here White Girl.”

On April 21, 2016, he released a mixtape named “Addiction Kills.”

He said:

”2016 was unbelievably incredible. So far 2017 is treating me better than the first 29 years of my life, lol.”

DeFord continued:

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”Looking forward to the whole tour. The most challenging part is being away from my daughter and son and the drives every day in the van, lol.”

On January 1, 2017, Jason was invited to participate in the Juggalo March On Washington.

In 2018, DeFord teamed up with Struggle Jennings on the trilogy of Waylon & Willie albums.

On March 13, 2020, Roll released an album titled – ”A Beautiful Disaster.”

It debuted at number 97 on the US Billboard 200.

He collaborated with Tech N9ne, Brix, Bailee Ann, Struggle Jennings, Lil Wyte, Brianna Harness, and Krizz Kaliko. The southern rapper’s album includes 12 tracks. 

On October 16, 2020, Jelly released another album, ”Self Medicated.”

The Son of the Dirty South Summer Tour 2022

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In the summer of 2022, Jelly and Brantley Gilbert went on a mini-tour that started in Jacksonville, Florida.

Brantley is an American country-rock singer from Georgia.

“I expect these shows to be rowdy,” Jason said in May 2022.

DeFord won three awards at the 2023 CMT Music Awards.

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Wife & Personal Life

Jelly Roll is married to Bunnie Xo.

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Xo is the owner of Dumb Blonde Productions, which owns the Dumb Blonde Podcast.

Bunnie DeFord was born on January 21, 1995.

The two met in Las Vegas while DeFord was on tour.

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Back then, DeFord’s place of residence was his van, and he was a starving artist trying to make his rap career work.

In January 2020, the famous rapper wrote on his Instagram account about his wife: ”she made me truly understand what LOVE means.” Jelly added: ”she showed me what it means to stand beside someone unconditionally.”

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Children

He has a daughter (Bailee) and a son (Noah Buddy DeFord), who was born in 2016.

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Jelly Roll’s daughter, turned 15 in May 2023.

Trivia

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Jelly Roll jokingly describes himself as “a regular fat piece of white trash.”

Perhaps his most infamous year, 2013, brought all kinds of craziness for Jelly Roll.

He released a mixtape titled “Whiskey, Weed, & Waffle House.”

The mixtape’s original cover had a one-to-one depiction of the restaurant’s logo, as well as a parody of the menu displaying the tape’s track info on the back.

To DeFord’s surprise, the Waffle House legal team sent him a cease and desist requiring that he change the name and artwork of his tape.

While it was a big setback for his rap career, the young artist was starstruck that his music was even on the megabrand’s radar.

The name of the mixtape was changed to “Whiskey, Weed, & Women,” and the finalized cover art included a rendering of a “cease and desist” stamp.

After a lifetime of ordering the All-Star Breakfast with cheesy scrambled eggs, wheat toast, double scattered/smothered/covered/chunked hashbrowns, sausage, and a chocolate chip waffle, DeFord finally vowed to never dine at Waffle House again after the debacle forced him to trash a music video he paid to shoot at one of the chain’s locations in Nashville.

The breakfast food boycott didn’t last – Jelly Roll couldn’t stay away from his favorite meal.

He continues to dine at Waffle House on a regular basis.

“I’ve been smothering, covering, and chunking shit for 28 years,” DeFord revealed in an interview. ”I had to look at my birth certificate the other day to make sure I wasn’t born in a Waffle House.”

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Quotes

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”I’m one of the guys that cheers for everybody. I hope they all get mansions and leave their families lots of money.”

”I’m inspired by outlaw country, folk music, and Motown. This is what’s playing in my speakers the most.”

”Yeah, I tattooed John 15:13 on the side of my face. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. I got three teardrops.”

”My earliest music memories are dancing with my mother in the kitchen to oldies records and Motown, some old country too. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

”People I thought would be in my life for the rest of my life. Admittedly it was some of my own wrongdoing that leads to this departure.”

”Yeah, we’re definitely not sober today. I woke up on like ten

How Much Does Jelly Roll Make

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hours of sleep and was like, ‘Adderall and Whiskey. Let’s Go!’”

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Jelly Roll – Net Worth

So, how much is Jelly Roll worth? DeFord earned most of his income from his career in the music industry, especially from selling his albums (Ballads of the Broken, Goodnight Nashville, The Big Sal Story, and more) and mixtapes, selling tickets to his live concerts, sponsors, and advertisements on his YouTube channel. Therefore, rapper Jelly Roll has an estimated net worth of $7 million.

You can buy tickets to his live performances at jellyroll615.com/pages/tour-dates.

One of his first hits was ”Pop Another Pill” with rapper Lil Wyte. In 2017, DeFord was featured on Ryan Upchurch‘s song “Runnin on Fumes.”

Jason’s second album is ”Strictly Business” with rapper Haystak. In 2021, Jason released the song Son Of A Sinner.

In 2022, the rapper donated $250K to the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center in Nashville.

DeFord has over 2 billion YouTube views. As such, from his YouTube account, Jason made about $6 million in revenue before taxes.

On Spotify, the famous singer has more than 3.4 million monthly listeners.

FAQs

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What does Jelly Roll’s wife do?

In addition to modeling and acting, Bunnie XO also runs her podcast, “Dumb Blonde.” The podcast focuses on topics related to women’s empowerment, such as body positivity, self-care tips, career advice, and relationships advice. It has become quite popular among young women looking for advice from someone who understands their struggles firsthand. Bunnie XO also uses her platform to advocate for mental health awareness, which she feels very passionate about.

Is Jelly Roll’s daughter his real daughter?

Jelly Roll, the popular singer-songwriter, is no stranger to fame and success. But what many people don’t know is that he has a daughter, Bailee Ann, who he has been raising since she was born in 2008. Strong evidence suggests that Bailee Ann is Jelly Roll’s real daughter.

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Phyllis king

Thursday 1st of June 2023

Love πŸ’• jellyroll music 🎡 I can relate

innocence lost

Wednesday 4th of January 2023

I was 18 when he was born my life for most of it id say i still struggle no use telling my story not sure anyone would believe me anyways i reached out for help once and no one believed me listning to jelly roll i feel like i have a friend someone who knows how i feel on the inside the song empty houses is my life god bless him to late for me

Brian J

Saturday 5th of November 2022

Jelly's in my books, the best lyrical white rapper alive! "Dream while I'm awake" one of the realist deepest saddest and truest lyrical rap songs I've ever heard! One of his more underrated tracks out there that needs to be heard. Raps about real life shit! Keep it up brotha!

Beth

Thursday 27th of October 2022

This 65-year-old grandmother listens to Son of a Sinner every day. You are flipping amazing Jelly Roll! I can’t get enough of your music. You are in my prayers darling! πŸ’—πŸ˜˜

Marie

Thursday 24th of February 2022

It's funny how I have never heard of jelly roll before till a little over a year ago when my other half played his music that he has are ready been listening to and "Glitter" for some reason got my attention but now the new one that's called "even angels cry" I can't get enough of it love love jelly roll music am 40 years old and I can relate to most of his music. Which one day my dream will come true in getting to meet and hang out with him for I did have that opportunity and I messed up with little wyte so now am not aloud to go to his house but my other half is. Am sorry yall but am not gonna get naked for no one but for who I am with I don't care how well known you are or not it's not worth it.