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Young M.A

Young M.A
Birth name Katorah Marrero
Born (1992-04-03) April 3, 1992 (age 26)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present

Katorah Marrero (born April 3, 1992), better known by her stage name Young M.A,[1] is an American rapper. She is best known for her 2016 hit single "Ooouuu".[2][3]

Early life

Young M.A was born on April 3, 1992, in Brooklyn, New York. She is of Puerto Rican and Jamaican ancestry. She began rapping at the age of 9 and further developed her talents over the next nine years. While she was residing in Virginia she has never stayed in one place for long, moving to several cities in the South. At the age of 16, she moved back to Brooklyn.[4]



When she was a child, Young M.A already had a passion for music. As an adult her music career started. She self-funded a recording studio with local record producers while working at Shake Shack and T.J. Maxx.[5]

In 2014 she gained notoriety when a Facebook post criticized her song "Brooklyn Chiraq", a freestyle to Nicki Minaj and Lil Herb "ChiRaq"; the song then went viral.[6] 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 new listeners to her work.[4]

In 2015, Young M.A released a new song, called "Body Bag", which became a "YouTube hit", said Rolling Stone,[6] along with the release of her mixtape called Sleep Walkin', which MTV described as a "thoughtful debut project".[7]

In 2016, Young M.A released her official debut single, "Ooouuu",[5] which peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[8] In September 2016, the song had nearly 7 million plays on Spotify[9] and was widely remixed by other rappers and hip hop artists such as Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Remy Ma, Jadakiss, Uncle Murda, ASAP Ferg, Bryan Mathers and Tink, all of whom were putting out their versions of the song.[4]

Stereogum's 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."[10] The Fader said Young M.A has "establishe[d] herself as a quintessential New York MC",[11] and MTV's Doreen St. Félix said, "This summer, the atmosphere belongs to Young M.A and her single 'OOOUUU.'"[7] The song's popularity drew attention from labels, though M.A remains an independent artist.[12]

At the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards, she did a freestyle on a cypher and performed "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.[13]

Other projects

In 2016, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Young M.A said she'd been offered the role of Freda Gatz (whose name was originally supposed to be Betty Bars, because the role was made especially for her) on Empire, but turned it down, preferring to pursue her own career as a rapper instead of being known first as a fictional character.[6] She even referenced being offered the role in her freestyle "Check",[14] rapping, "Shout out to Fox, trying to get me on that Empire, at first I had to turn it down, wasn't up to par, 'cause it's Young M.A b****, 'the f*** is Betty Bars?" Had Young M.A. accepted the offer to portray the role of Betty Bars she would be condemning herself to face the inevitable and often career fatal fate that awaits all entertainment artists that make a debut in the form of a hit tv series; a lifetime of trying to live down and separate herself (in the eyes of the viewers) from "Betty Bars". Young M.A. makes it clear that the only reason she turned down the offer was that she wanted to first establish her role as an "artist in the industry" and not as an "industry artist" (as Russ would call it) by making a name for herself through her music and gain recognition and ultimately solidify her presence in the entertainment industry.

In 2018, she directed her first movie: a lesbian porn produced by Pornhub[15].

Personal life

Young M.A is a lesbian,[16] a topic that she includes in her music. She told Vogue that coming out had been an important point in her artistic development, saying "I held in being sexually attracted to women for so long that once I got that out of me, the music became easy."[4] Young M.A. said in a YouTube video that not only was she proud of being different, but also proclaimed that it's not about who you are or what your sexual orientation is-it's about making music to bring people closer together and to feel the beat running through their skin.

Young M.A. knew she was gay at age 9 and admits she felt out of place. She played football and hung around guys a lot as a child and her mother would often try to get her to come out, but she would always deny it. She thought her mother wouldn't accept her if she came out. In an interview with 'The Breakfast Club' she said,[17]"I used to be scared to tell my moms... because I knew my moms wasn't the type of mother to be like 'Oh, I don't like you' or 'I'm gonna ignore you,' but part of me still was scared." She also said in an interview with Noisey Raps, "Since I came out officially, that's when all the girls flopped, that's when it was a wrap," she laughed. She also said people "feel her more" because she's more comfortable.

In September 2009, when Young M.A was 17, her older brother Kenneth was killed in gang-related violence in Pennsylvania; he was 20.[1] She fell into a deep depression after his death.[18]

Television appearances

Young M.A. appears regularly at the end of Vice News Tonight (on HBO) episodes critiquing many genres of music.



List of extended plays with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
Herstory 166


List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
M.A The Mixtape
  • Released: March 15, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Sleep Walkin'
  • Released: November 4, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist

List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Rap
"Body Bag" 2015 M.A The Mixtape
"OOOUUU" 2016 19 5 3 41 Herstory
"Hot Sauce" Herstory
"Walk" 2017 Non-album single
"Praktice" 2018 Non-album single

As featured artist

Year Title Album
2015 "Murder Game"
Statik Selektah featuring Young M.A., Smif-N-Wessun & Buckshot)
Lucky 7
2016 "Hella Bars"
(C.A.S.H Montana featuring Young Neez and Young M.A)[26]
(Uncle Murda featuring Young M.A and Dios Moreno)[27]
(Project Pat featuring Young M.A, Coca Vango and Big Trill)[28]
"Spend It (Remix)"
(Dae Dae featuring Young Thug and Young M.A)[29]
2017 "F.B.G.M."
T-Pain featuring Young M.A)
"Pump Fakin"
Pras featuring Young M.A)
Wave Culture

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2017 BET Awards Best New Artist Nominated
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
A2IM Libera Awards Breakthrough Artist "OOOUUU" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist OOOUUU Nominated


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  2. ^ Young M.A Was Once Lost But Has Now Found Her Way in Hip-Hop – XXL. (October 18, 2016). Retrieved on November 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Young M.A. Talks Success of 'OOOUUU' & Opening Up for Beyonce. Billboard (October 17, 2016). Retrieved on November 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Leight, Elias (October 30, 2016). "How Young M.A Became the Hottest Rapper in Town". Vogue. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon Pareles, Jon; Chinen, Nate (August 26, 2016). "The Playlist: Thundercat Unplugs, Young M.A. Gets Remixed". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Reeves, Mosi (September 27, 2016). "Young M.A: "OOOUUU" Star on Why She Turned Down 'Empire' Role". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b St. Félix, Doreen (August 17, 2016). "Young M.A: A Vibe Grows In Brooklyn". MTV News. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ Krishnamurthy, Sowmya (October 17, 2016). "Young M.A. on 'OOOUUU,' Destroying Female Stereotypes & Opening Up for Beyonce: 'I Always Knew I Would be a Star Someday'". Billboard. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ Iandoli, Kathy (September 11, 2016). "5 Rising Rappers Who Are Busting Up Hip-Hop's Boys' Club". Billboard. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 21, 2016). "Young M.A Is A Bully And A Boss". Stereogum. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ Mayard, Judick (August 25, 2016). "Meet Young M.A, The Brooklyn Rapper Who Owned The Summer". The Fader. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ Robehmed, Natalie (March 27, 2017). "Why Rapper Young M.A Is Not Signing A Record Deal--For Now". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  13. ^ Berry, Peter A. (October 7, 2016). "Young M.A Cops Crazy New Audi – XXL". XXL Magazine. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ Young M.A "Check" Freestyle Music Video - YouTube
  15. ^ Official trailer on Youtube
  16. ^ "Watch Young M.A. Discuss Relationships and Fake Lesbians on Her Old YouTube Channel". 
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  19. ^ "Young M.A. – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
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  21. ^ "Young M.A. – Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Young M.A. – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Young M.A. – Chart History: Hot Rap Songs". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Young M.A. – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Young M.A – OOOUUU". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 30, 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  26. ^ "Hella Barz (feat. Young Neez & Young M.A.) – Single by C.a.$.H. Montana on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Thot (feat. Young MA & Dios Moreno) – Single by Uncle Murda on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  28. ^ "30 (feat. Young M.A, Coca Vango & Big Trill) – Single by Project Pat on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Spend It (feat. Young Thug & Young M.A) [Remix] – Single by Dae Dae on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved December 9, 2016.