February 7, 2017 The Unbiased Writer

youngma-fader-sex-issue-coverEarlier today, The FADER announced its first-ever Sex Issue featuring Young M.A on the cover. Writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd visited Young M.A and her family in Brooklyn to discuss the 24-year-old New Yorker’s rise to fame, thanks to her breakthrough double-platinum single ‘OOOUUU.’ (credit: all photos and cover The FADER/Cait Oppermann)young-ma-cover-story-interview
Young M.A on being mainstream rap’s first openly gay artist:
“If I change people’s lives, that’s all that matters to me. I don’t want to be the first ‘dyke rapper,’ ‘aggressive rapper.’ I don’t care for that … I hear from all different people, not just people like me, or lesbians. It be straight people, it be grown men, it be grown women, people that have been sick or depressed that say, ‘Oh, you made me want to go do what I want to do for myself and chase my dreams.’ That’s my purpose.”

On criticisms about misogyny in her music:
“At the end of the day, men can be described the same way as men describe women. A man can be a ho, just as much as a woman can be a ho. And I’m a woman myself! I respect women. I respect my mother.”

On being gay in New York:
“Life is too short. I need to just be myself, express myself. 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 had me comfortable, it was like, I can be myself! I used to still try to hide it, until it was really overwhelming — there were just too much girls attracted to me!”

On her next project:
“I know people are looking forward to an album from me, but I don’t think it needs to be rushed either. Nowadays albums don’t come out as frequent as they used to, so I’m not too sure if I’ma drop an album as soon as people would think. I’m just trying to go off a vibe: how they feeling this, how they feeling that?”

Plus, Young M.A, performed an original freestyle for the issue, presented in a video produced by The FADER.

The print issue hits newsstands March 7th. Read Young M.A’s full cover story, live now on, here:



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