The Queen Of Kings County
Young M.A. – In the words of the late great Brooklyn lyricist The Notorious BIG “that Brooklyn bullshit, we on it”. Brooklyn, home of some of the illest pop culture icons, Jean-Micheal Basquiat, Barbara Streisand, Jay-Z, even Tupac Shakur, has got its mojo back in the last year. With the sudden rise of Bed Stuy’s Designer, crushing the streets with his song Panda then signing to Kanye’s GOOD music, winning is in the borough’s bloodstream.
The artist that stuck out the most, in my opinion, holds the torch, putting BK back on the map, Young M.A. Respectfully, I usually can’t stand female rappers, it is just not my cup of tea and extremely hard to buy what their selling. This young, openly gay, 24-year-old female artist embodies hunger, greatness, swag and flow all balled in one. The best part, you would not expect the bars that come out of this girls mouth, by the time she’s done spitting, you’re already caught in the flow, intrigued by what you just heard.
Young M.A, short for “Me Always” has been on my radar since 2014 when her video “Brooklyn Chiraq” began to bubble over the internet, then went viral when author Boyce Watkins made unfavorable comments relating to the song. 2 years later, through all the negative comments, backlash, and critics, in 2016 Young M.A put the streets into overdrive with her catchy self-released single “Ooouuu”. Peaking at 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, awarding Young M.A seven million streams and a remix version by every rapper and their mother, “Ooouuu” planted M.A’s feet firmly on the hip hop battlefield.
Now that the Young MA camp has my attention I’m patiently waiting to see what the future holds for her. Although M.A has not dropped a wide released debut album with a major, she has released a string of mixtapes, singles and videos consistently. Mixtapes include MA The Mixtape and Sleep Walking, both released in 2015.