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Hip-Hop’s Hottest New Artist Is A Lesbian Named Young M.A

Young M.A is paving the way for queer musicians.
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“When you’re tired of your man, give me a call,” raps hip hop’s hottest new star, Young M.A, in her breakout hit OOOUUU.

In between shots of Hennessy, she rhymes about oral sex, throws money in the air and gobbles Chinese food.

It’s not hard to see why women, gay and straight, have found Young M.A irresistible. The young stud rapper rocks long, silky braids and spits rhymes harder than many of her male contemporaries. “Yeah, I’m pretty, but I’m loco,” she says with a cocky grin.

From the OOOUUU video alone, you can tell that she’s genuine. The video is rough and low-budget. There are no special effects. The first fifteen seconds chronicle Young M.A’s pregame with an entourage of studs, a rare occurrence in rap videos where women are always the objects, never the subjects. As soon as the video starts, it’s obvious that you’re not at some flashy party that Young M.A staged just to look rich.

No, you’re hanging out with her crew on a regular Friday night – if you’ve ever drunk too much alcohol and bragged about your romantic exploits, you’ll feel right at home in this song.

Young M.A has been rapping for years, but in recent months OOOUUU has skyrocketed off the charts, and received remixes from stars such as Nicki Minaj and 50 Cent. The single has been streamed on Spotify over 37 million times alone.

She’s the first openly lesbian rapper to cross over to mainstream music in recent years.

Angel Haze (pansexual) and Azealia Banks (bisexual) have had mild mainstream success; their respective hit singles, “Battle Cry” and “212” have had 8.6 million and 62 million Spotify streams. However, both women present as feminine. Young M.A is anything but. “Mama wondered why I never liked to wear a skirt,” she raps in “Quiet Storm.”

The OOOUUU video features her wearing a snapback, rocking sweatpants and flashing a grill. She’s not going to conform to gender roles, and she’s proud of that.

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However, in a recent interview with Pigeons and Planes, Young M.A explained that she doesn’t want to be an LGBT icon. She doesn’t see herself as a trailblazer, she just is who she is. And she dislikes labels.

Despite her reluctance to be the face of the LGBT hip-hop movement, it’s hard to deny that she’s paving the way for other queer rappers. We can only hope that Young M.A capitalizes on the success of OOOUUU in order to keep making music about the black lesbian experience.

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J. Marie graduated from Duke University with a degree in International Relations and dreams of being a creative writer--dreams she's now realizing as a musical theatre writer in NYC. She's passionate about global black identities, black representation in media, and leather-bound notebooks. She also loves backpacking through a new country at a moment's notice, and speaks Spanish, Swahili and Standard Arabic.

6 Comments

  • B says:

    Ooouuu is old now, since then she was in b.e.t cypher, on hot 97, on flex, n mo, and mixtape “dope gurl” is been out long time check it out it’s even better. She growing as an artist all da tyme and props real lyricism true hip hop like Dave east N Lloyd banks..nu York true hip hop never left

  • B says:

    more news..I believe young m.a. is the first out lesbian rapper ever featured in XXL magazine (a hip hop Bible along with the source magazine)..it’s the Fall ’16 edition..the one with Gucci mane and young thug on the cover..in the mag there is a huge several page spread all about lil Kim and foxy brown too..she says m.a. stands for “me always” lol :0) bless ha..and says how she was told by the industry that she must wear dresses..and this made her feel bad as yu can imagine..but now she’s killing them haters and non believers. She is definitely quietly makin history. <3

  • B says:

    She also has an older tape called Sleepwalkin which is dope too. She got more than 92 million views on YouTube but most lgbt+ sites ain’t covering her cuz they lame af. N I ain’t affiliated to young m.a I’m just a big Hip Hop fan N i kno wen a rapper is dope

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