"Music, I wanted to get involved with it and I started to, like once my brother passed, I got in the booth and I made a song about his passing," Young M.A said. "I was just more so trying to express myself through the music."
Therapy in school didn't really work, but after meeting music industry people and laying down tracks, music wasn't exactly filling the void either. That's when she decided she needed a break. "I started working, I got a job. I was like, 'Maybe I just need to work, man,'" she said. "'Maybe this music ain't for me.' I started working in retail, and then after that, I don't know. I was just like, 'Nah, I'm not happy doing this.'"
Working in retail didn't last long because that pull toward the studio was stronger than ever.
"Music always came back to me," she said. "I remember quitting my job. And I was like, 'Yo, if I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna put my 100 percent into this. No looking back.' And just started grinding."
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