Young M.A was born on April 3, 1992, in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 9, she began rapping over the next nine years, while she was residing in Virginia. Although she has never stayed in one place for long, moving to several cities, while in the South. At the age of 16, she moved back to Brooklyn.
When she was a child, Young M.A started rapping by a corner store when after a few years her music career started. She was self-funding a recording studio with local record producers through working at Shake Shack and T.J. Maxx. In 2014 she gained notoriety with a Facebook post criticizing her song, called “Brooklyn Chiraq” went viral. The post’s author, pundit Boyce Watkins, said the song promoted “violent, negative, genocidal energy”, but the controversy expanded Young M.A’s name recognition and brought in some new listeners to her work. In 2015, Young M.A released a new song, called “Body Bag”, which became a “YouTube hit” said Rolling Stone, along with the release of her mixtape, called Sleep Walkin‘, which MTV describes as a “thoughtful debut project”.
In 2016, Young M.A released her official debut single, called “Ooouuu”, which peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In September 2016, the song nearly had 7 million plays on Spotify and was widely remixed, with other rappers and hip hop artists such as French Montana, Remy Ma, Jadakiss, Uncle Murda, ASAP Ferg and Tink, who all of them were putting out their versions to that song. At Stereogum, Tom Breihan said “Ooouuu” was “a brash, intense, hard-as-fuck piece of rider music…the song feels like it marks the arrival of a major rap talent.” The Fader said Young M.A has “establishe[d] herself as a quintessential New York MC”, and at MTV, Doreen St. Félix said, “This summer, the atmosphere belongs to Young M.A and her single ‘OOOUUU.'” The song’s popularity drew attention from labels, though M.A remains an independent artist.
At the 2016’s BET Hip Hop Awards, she did a freestyle on a cypher and performed her single, “Ooouuu”, giving what XXL Magazine described as “show-stopping freestyle…one of the best freestyles of the night”; despite the enthusiasm for her performance, Young M.A expressed disappointment, saying BET cut out a portion of her performance.
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