Born Jason DeFord, Jelly Roll began rapping around 2005, and started to break through the underground thanks to collaborations with Lil Wyte and Haystak. In 2011, he joined Wyte and BPZ in the group SNO, who released Year Round, an album produced by DJ Paul and Juicy J and released on the Three 6 Mafia-associated label Hypnotize Minds. After teaming up with Struggle on 2018's Waylon & Willie II & III; that same year he released the solo Goodnight Nashville. In 2019, Jelly Roll released a second Whiskey Sessions and the EP Crosses and Crossroads. In March 2020, he put out the full-length album A Beautiful Disaster, which featured guest spots by Krizz Kaliko, Lil Wyte, Struggle Jennings, and others. It landed at number nine on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. Another full-length, Self Medicated, followed that October.