Young M.A. Talks Black Lives Matter, Dropping A Classic Album And Being A Boss
Young M.A. has continued to forge ahead. The Brooklyn native reinforces that notion in Part 2 of our interview with her. It is clear that she has vision, ambition and is wise beyond her 24 years. Click here for the first half of the chat with M.A.
So let's talk music. When are you going to drop off full album?
I was actually supposed to drop album this year. But I might hold bed and throw out a couple more mixtapes. I don't want to rush the album too much. The position I'm starting to be in now it’s like this is the time when you start dropping mixtapes and the more my fan base - well I don’t want to say fan base - my supporters. The more (my supporters) go up, that’s when I’m going to look to have an album out.
Albums to me is a big thing. More so than a mixtape. I don’t want to rush that. I want that to be official. I want that to make a stamp. I want them to understand, when I make this album, I’m making this album. This is gonna be The Album.
So, you’re looking for that classic material.
Yeah, I need more experience in the game to make that album. Mixtapes is more easy. But for that album, I gotta have that story - from beginning to the end.
How important is it for you to be a boss? You are working with people, but you have your own situation.
I feel like everybody in my team should be a boss. I want everybody to think how I think or better. With their own ideas. That’s very important to me as a young female. Just so it can encourage other younger people to wanna feel or do the same thing. Nobody wants to be the underdog. Everybody wants to be the boss.
What advice would you give a young artist? I mean, you are still coming up, but you still have a certain notoriety and recognition. People look at you like you’re already there.
I would definitely advise them not to quit when they feel nothing is going their way, because I have been through that situation more than enough. There were plenty times when I felt like I wanted to give him and that music wasn’t for me anymore. I would definitely give them that advice to keep going. Like if you feel like this is it for you, just do it. Don’t give up, because somebody is telling you to. Just keep going. Keep fighting. Be consistent. Keep working.
Can you talk about your late brother that passed away a little bit and how his death affected you musically?
(Long pause) Musically, it was actually bittersweet. It was a point where I didn’t want to do music anymore. And that point of my life change and it made me like “Nah, I need to do it.” I think this is like my calling. I need to do it. It was the only way I was not going to be out here in the streets wildin’. It still bothers me to this day. It still influence my music to this day. To go harder, not be afraid of nothing and basically do it for him. (Points upward) It’s definitely a bittersweet situation. I can be happy sometimes like “Yeah, I’m about to take over” and then it’s times when I wanna give up on it. At the end of the day, I know I ain’t gonna stop. I gotta do it for him.
The state of the country is in turmoil right now. Black Lives Matter. Cops killing. Getting killed.
Now, it’s definitely - it always has. I have a song called “Through The Day.” Now, it’s becoming frustrating. It’s becoming aggravating. You see it more because of social media. It’s been happening for so long, but now that it’s social media and cameras and everything it’s more so up front. It affects people. It makes them depressed. It’s definitely depressing. Its an overwhelming feeling overall, because we are out here killing each other and this is happening on top of it. I’m to the point like, “What do we do?” A social media point isn’t changing anything. A hashtag isn’t changing anything. They want us to fight. They want use to riot. They want to bring the martial law or whatever. When we do these little rallies or whatever, putting up these little signs, it’s not helping either. Temporarily...