One of the most unexpectedly pleasant surprises of the summer has been Young M.A's ascendance in the New York rap scene. The Brooklyn MC first emerged in 2014 with her "Chiraq (Freestyle)," spitting sharp bars that arguably improved upon the late Young Pappy's original track and drawing the ire of cultural commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins. A year later, she scored another YouTube hit with the furious battle rap "Body Bag" and the mixtape, Sleepwalkin'. For a minute, it seemed Young M.A seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of Uncle Murda, the late Chinx and other Rotten Apple knuckleballers who generate more regional respect than mainstream acclaim. That all changed with "Ooouuu." 

"Ooouuu," the infectious and clubby ode to living lovely, smokin' loud and gettin' money started blowing up in the streets, on the Internet and, currently, the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it's currently Number 67. It's been remixed and remade by Nicki Minaj, the Game, Meek Mill and more.

"The summer has been very busy, and exciting at the same time," says the 24-year-old MC who, as of yet, has declined to share her government name. In an interview, the woman with a fondness for getting smashed on "Henny" and sexing "headphanies" talks about how she turned down a gig on Empire, how she avoids the hip-hop police and what follows viral success.


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