Meet the real Young M.A - gender, age, upbringing and more!

Rapper Young M.A performs at the LA Pride Music Festival and Parade 2017 on June 10, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.

Everything we know about rap sensation Young M.A from age and gender to upbringing and real name.

There are few people in today's rap music industry more recognisable than American artist Young M.A.

Whether it's for Young M.A's music, distinctive look or the controversy about gender, there's always something to discuss when Young M.A is mentioned.

But just what do we know about this enigmatic rapper who is taking the industry by storm? 

Rapper Young MA onstage during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2018 at Fillmore Miami Beach on October 6, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Who is Young M.A?

Young M.A, whose real name is Katorah Marrero, is an American rap artist with a growing career in the industry.

The 27-year-old rap sensation began performing at an early age after she spent much of her time at school writing down rhymes in her books.

Her mother encouraged her to pursue this creative side to her and bought a karaoke machine for young Katorah to practice with.

To this day Young M.A attributes a lot of her success to her mother after helping to guide her down this path from such a young age, even bringing her mother to the 2016 BET Awards.

Young M.A attends the FADER FORT presented by Converse during SXSW on March 16, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Young M.A's music career

Young M.A started to gain attention in the music industry in 2014 after a Facebook post emerged criticising her song 'Brooklyn Chiraq.' As a result, the song went viral and her music career began in earnest.

The rapper's debut single 'OOOUUU' earned the young artist huge recognition after it reached 19th on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The music video for OOOUUU has amassed over 300 million views since it was posted back in 2016.

Young M.A's first album, 'Herstory,' was released in April 2017 and managed to work its way onto the Billboard 200 chart.

More recently, Young M.A released a new single titled BIG in June 2019, most likely for an upcoming album.

What is Young M.A's gender?

For some time now, there has been no small amount of controversy surrounding the gender and sexual orientation of Young M.A, no thanks to contentious rapper Black Kodak who started an apparent feud with Young M.A who immediately dismissed the matter.

Despite the controversy, Young M.A's gender is, in fact, female but her more masculine tendencies and deep voice in her songs has led to some to believe otherwise. Surely the title of her 2017 album Herstory gives the answer away.

Another hot topic of discussion surrounding Young M.A is her sexual orientation but it is widely known that the 27-year-old rapper is a lesbian and has been known to have had relationships with several women over the past few years.

In 2017, Young M.A revealed to Time Magazine that her upbringing in New York City helped her accept and understand who she is at heart. In the 2017 interview she said: "In New York City, it’s popular. I used to think to myself, man, there’s a lot of gay people out here. And it makes me comfortable, it was like, I can be myself!"

Whether the debate surrounding Young M.A's gender and sexuality continues or not remains to be seen but the rapper is likely to continue creating music regardless.

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