After blowing up off the strength of "OOOUUU," New York rapper Young M.A released her debut EP Herstory earlier this year and she plans to put her debut album out in early 2018. She recently dropped a new single and its video, "Walk," which continues to prove M.A is no one hit wonder and still has more to say (watch below). She also spoke to Refinery29 about that song and her upcoming album:

So far, Young M.A has yet to collaborate with any other female rappers, but she says for her first official album — which she hopes to release early next year — she’d love to work with rapper-singer Dej Loaf. And she’s proud of fellow New Yorker Cardi B for being the first female rapper to reach number one on the Billboard chart since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

...On her new single, "Walk," she rhymes: "You think I give a fuck what a hater got to say about me? That's exactly what they hate about me." It's clear Young M.A is far from concerned about any naysayers. But as the only proudly out, queer, Black female rapper in pop-culture, I ask her if she ever feels pressure to be a role model.

"Absolutely," she says. "I’m not out here trying to represent for all people. I’m just doing me. But I do realize there are people who are counting on me, and people who are listening. So that’s what motivates me to put these stories out there, because maybe someone needs to hear my story right now."

M.A has one show on her schedule at the moment, a hometown gig on December 5 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are on sale now.


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