March 21, 2017


Future Women's History Month: Young M.A's Necessary Voice for Hip-Hop

Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. At a time where two of the biggest female rap stars to ever do it are beefingYoung M.A has been a quieter-yet-majorly-important force making change all on her own.

Breakout hit "Ooouuu" brought the Brooklyn MC mainstream attention with the laid-back trap cut being a slick, queer-leaning anthem—a necessary and significant step in the still very-much homophobic hip-hop world. While there are gay rappers, none have seen success like Young M.A ("Ooouuu was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 while hitting Top 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart), much less when their sexual preferences are mentioned on the song. 

Yet Young M.A's sexuality was not the forefront of the record, nor even a major part of "Ooouuu," but instead was seamlessly baked into the single just like any other rap track. Not only that, the success brought yet another necessary female voice to the male-dominated, mainstream rap game.

What's perhaps most promising about the 24-year-old's game-changing come-up is that we can bank on her status as an independent artist to know her music is truly an extension of her with no one else pulling the strings or turning what makes her unique into a marketing ploy. "Everything is through us," she told Fuse in a past interview, which you can watch above. "We work through the team. Nobody else is providing nothing else for us, we're working with how we work."

Undoubtedly, there's lots more to see from Young M.A who will keep her distinct, necessary perspective as new music rolls out and her star continues to rise.

We're celebrating Future Women's History all month long! Tune in to Fuse and come back to every day for profiles, videos and more. Find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder. Next up, watch Young M.A discuss the first details of her upcoming full-length album and how Swizz Beatz is involved: