Young M.A was born in 1992 in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 9, she began rapping. Over the next nine years, she was residing in Virginia, although never staying in one place for long, moving to several cities while in the South. At the age of 16, she moved back to Brooklyn.
Young M.A started rapping by a corner store when she was young after a few years her music career started, when she was self-funding its recording studio with local record producers, after she was working retail. In 2014, she gained notoriety, when a Facebook post criticizing her song, called “Brooklyn Chiraq” went viral. In 2015, Young M.A released a new song, called “Body Bag”, which became a “YouTube hit” said Rolling Stone, along with the release of her mixtape, called Sleep Walkin’, which MTV describes as a “thoughtful debut project”.
In 2016, Young M.A released her official debut single, called “Ooouuu”, which peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was widely remixed, with other rappers and hip hop artists such as French Montana, Remy Ma, Jadakiss, Uncle Murda, ASAP Ferg and Tink, who all of them were putting out their versions to that song. The song’s popularity drew attention from labels, though M.A remains an independent artist.
In 2016, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Young M.A said she’d been offered the role of Frieda Gatz on Empire, but turned it down, preferring to pursue her own career as a rapper instead of being known first as a fictional character.