Early Life and Career Beginnings
Young M.A began showing her interest for music at a young age, and by nine years of age, she started rapping, developing her talents over the next few years. Her family moved a lot during her youth, never staying in one place for long, however, at the age of 16 she returned to Brooklyn. She worked two jobs before beginning her music career, at T.J. Maxx as well as at Shake Shack. She would self-fund a recording studio with local record producers, but it wasn’t until 2014 that she would earn notoriety thanks to a Facebook post which criticized her freestyle song “Brooklyn Chiraq”, but which was responsible for making the song go viral, which was the opposite of its intention leading to more listeners. The following year she released a new song entitled “Body Bag”, which would rapidly become a hit on YouTube.
Musical Prominence and Other Projects
The album proved a challenge to make, as according to an interview, she felt like she was being pulled in different directions and had to snap back to reality, realizing why she was rapping in the first place. Her popularity lead her to be offered a role in the television show “Empire”, but she turned it down as she wanted to be known first as a rapper rather than a fictional character. She has also appeared in various television shows, such as “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” ,”Hip Hop Squares”, and “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”. In 2018, she produced her first movie, which is a lesbian porn movie released by Pornhub.
Young M.A has stated in interviews that she is a lesbian, and mentioned that coming out as gay was a pivotal part in her development as a musical artist. She mentioned that she knew she was gay as early as the age of nine, when she felt out of place. She hung out with guys a lot as a child, and her mother knew that she was gay, but it was actually Young M.A who denied it at first. She had an older brother who was killed in 2009 in gang-related violence, and she fell into deep depression after his death.
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