During the year of 2016, who didn’t hear the chant “OOOUUU” uttered out of the mouth of the rugged Puerto Rican and Jamaican Brooklyn native lesbian Young M.A? At that moment, absolutely nothing like her seemed to exist in hip hop. “OOOUUU” wasn’t just another trap track, it emerged with hard lyrics and a raw music video showcasing the street lifestyle that Young M.A oozed out of her pores, without trying – zero faking. This visual representation was far from another random rap video, this triple platinum track literally exploded on YouTube with over 238 million views! The infectious flavor of “OOOUUU” also got constant radio rotation and a wide range of remixes from the likes of Jadakiss, Remy Ma, Tink, French Montana, ASAP Ferg, and Uncle Murda. Young M.A’s supernova hit song paved the way for a performance of “OOOUUU” during the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards and big interviews with Rolling Stone magazine and The Fader. “OOOUUU” made the number 11 slot on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Songs of 2016,” Billboard ranked it at number 16 on their “100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list, Pitchfork listed “OOOUUU” it at 67 on their 100 best songs of 2016, and the Village Voice awarded it with a number 24 spot on their annual Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop mass critics poll of the year’s best in music in 2016. With the momentum of her debut album Herstory independently released on April 27th, 2017, exactly why is the question now being asked – what happened to Young M.A?
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