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Young M.A. @ L.A. PRIDE 6/10/17 // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13)
Young M.A. @ L.A. PRIDE 6/10/17 // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13)


It’s so fitting that the organizers of L.A. Pride fest reached out to Young M.A to be one of their featured performers. Aside from the fact that she’s one of the hottest rappers on the rise, she’s also one of the few mainstream hip hop artists representing for the LGBTQ community. It has been a while since we’ve seen a female MC have commercial success without being heavily marketed as a sex symbol to men. But Young M.A has made a point to break some barriers and make a name for herself.

The crowd at L.A. Pride welcomed the 24-year-old Brooklyn bred rapper with open arms, especially a pack of energetic loyal fans that were front and center reciting her lines. I appreciated how Young M.A’s style contrasted with a lot of the other pop acts at the festival. Her set added a street vibe that made for a more diverse musical experience. For much of her performance, Young M.A. opted to rap acapella so that the audience could fully hear her hard-hitting bars. One of the songs that got a reaction from the crowd was from her song “Kween” where she expresses her frustration with being judged and criticized for her sexuality, while there are far more important things going on in the world that people should be concerned about. The line “like me being gay is so fucking important” definitely resonated with the crowd.

Of course she performed her breakout single “OOOUUU”, the song that we’ve all been bouncing to since last summer. Fans who were in the front towards the stage were given a treat when she made her way off the stage and into the photo pit to get up close and personal with them. Everyone shouted in unison to finish the line that defines the song: “You call her Stephanie?….”

Young M.A’s album HERSTORY is available everywhere now.

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