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Ever since dropping her hit single “Ooouuu” in 2012, this young rapper has set her eyes on a higher prize. With a successfully rising music career, philanthropic goals, and growing understanding of the world, Young M.A is setting herself up to become a memorable name in the world of hip-hop. Young M.A. was born on April 3, 1992 as Katorah Marrero. Born in Brooklyn, New York to a Jamaican mother and Puerto Rican father, Katorah dealt with the roughness of New York during her childhood. While her father was in prison, her family moved to Virginia for a better life. Katorah started writing rhymes and showed them to her mother. Her mother was motivated by her daughter’s creativity and interest in writing so set up a home recording studio for the budding musician. After some time had passed, eventually the family moved back to Brooklyn.
After graduating high school, Katorah worked at various places while saving the money to get a recording studio. Her music caught public attention in 2014 when the song “Brooklyn Chiraq” was negatively criticized for its violence. While she began to gain some public interest, she followed up with the release of the M.A The Mixtape in March 2015. The single “Body Bag” gained viral attraction on YouTube. In November, Young M.A released her second mixtape, Sleep Walkin.’ The 13-track album got a lot of attention through the release through the website DatPiff. Following the release and into 2016, Young M.A collaborated on songs “Hella Bars” by C.A.S.H. Montana, “Thot” by Uncle Murda, and “Spend It” by Dae Dae.
Empowered by the attention, the EP Herstory was released in April 2017 under Young M.A’s label, M.A Music. The single “Ooouuu” amassed millions of views and streams on music platforms by September. Many rappers remixed the song which gained the artist even more followers. “Ooouuu” went three times platinum and peaked high on the Billboard charts. Young M.A featured on T-Pain’s “F.B.G.M.” and Pras’ “Pump Fakin.” At the end of the year, the rapper released her next hit “Walk.” Young M.A brought fresh freestyles to the airwaves with “I get the Bag” in January 2018 and “Who Run It” in April. The two singles garnered millions of streams on music platforms.
Young M.A caught even more public attention when it was announced that she entered the film industry. The artist wrote and directed a lesbian porno called “The Gift” in 2018. The video was done for the website Pornhub for it’s Visionaries Director’s Club Series. In pursuit of long-term goals, Young M.A established the KWEENZ Foundation in the fall of 2018. The organization focuses on helping people deal with the grief of losing someone important. Young M.A was inspired to create the organization after the death of her brother, Kenneth Ramos, who passed away in 2009 because of gun violence. The KWEENZ Foundation helps single mothers and low-income families in getting the help they need.
On September 27, 2019, Young M.A released her debut studio album Herstory in the Making. The album is dedicated to her brother and features appearances from Relle Bey and Max YB. At a whopping 21-tracks, the album gives listeners various sides of Young M.A. Herstory in the Making acts as an autobiography where Young M.A raps about her personal struggles with depression, relationships, and life in the spotlight. Listeners can hear the dimensional growth from “Petty Wrap” to “BIG” to “No Love.”
Young M.A recently announced that she will be releasing her next EP titled Red Flu in the near future. The project is believed to be a follow up to Herstory in the Making. It’s likely that her hit single “2020 Vision” will be included on the EP. With a stage name that makes reference to self-consideration, Young M.A doesn’t appear to be backing away from the industry anytime soon. The artist has grown comfortable with expressing her sexuality, personal woes, and high points in her life and career. Young M.A has gained the following of millions of people through staying true to herself.