MAY 12: OOOUUU/Young M.A. (2016)



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A year ago today, rapper Young M.A. dropped her single OOOUUU produced by U-Dub.

Born April 3, 1992, Young M.A. is a Brooklyn native (who lived in Virginia for at least nine years) and began rapping at nine years old. She moved back to Brooklyn when she was sixteen.

In an interview with Genius, Young M.A. explains:

“When I first heard the beat and wrote to it, I said to myself, “This is one of those records where I just wanna relax.” There’s not too much thinking about the bars or the punchlines, I needed a feel good record. I didn’t have one of those yet, I was putting so much work into my pen. This is a record where I just wanted to be cool on the track. I’m chill, I’m humble a lot, I needed one of those records.

When I went to record the track, I wanted to be drunk while I recorded it. I was really smizz and drizz when I recorded the record so it feels authentic. When I recorded the track I wasn’t going to put it out just yet because I had just released Sleep Walkin and I had a lot of records on there I wanted to do videos for. But something one day just told me that I needed to put this out—nobody told me, just one day I thought this would take me to the next level.

I didn’t want some big push behind it, I was just like this is a record I just wanna put out. From there, I guess it was catchy and it was different from me.”

OOOUUU is the first single by an out, masculine of center lesbian that uses explicit queer lyrics.

OOOUUU was rated #11 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2016, ranked #16 on Billboard’s 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016, and ranked #24 on Village Voice’s Pazz and Jop critics poll of 2016’s best music.  

Known for her freestyle raps and hustle, she released another song, EAT, after critics threw shade at her and questioned her talent.

You can read more about Young M.A. in her interview with The Fader and Elle. Here’s a critique of the misogyny in her music and here’s a critique (partially) of that.

You can follow her on Youtube, Soundcloud, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and my dreams. You can get merch here.

You can listen to her here and download first project SleepWalkin, and listen to her new mixtape on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.

~lex lee.