Young M.A. didn't always look so tough.
While we’re big fans of the “Ooouuu” rapper’s look, she’s admitted that her style of dress and presentation came after she made the decision to publicly come out.
Though M.A. has played with dressing in a more masculine style since she was a child, there are still photos of her before she came out that are more traditionally feminine floating around. For example, she related that she would draw a mustache onto her face in the mirror.
Take a look at this excerpt from a recent interview with The Fader:
As young as 7, she recalls secretly using her mother’s eyeliner pencils to draw mustaches on her face, and taking out the high ponytails Latasha would tie in her hair before school. “I was always a tomboy, I always wanted to be around the boys, always wanted to play sports — basketball, football, kickball, whatever it was. I was real aggressive. I wanted to be around the bros!” she says, as her mother and grandmother chuckle at the memory. “But it wasn’t just me being a tomboy, it was me having a genuine attraction for girls, and I didn’t understand that.”
M.A. also related that she was afraid to come out even though her family was supportive. M.A. and her mother have both addressed that M.A.’s actual m-a was constantly dropping hints that she should go ahead and tell her what was going on .
“I used to throw little clues for her to just say it,” M.A.’s mother Latasha told The Fader, “because I knew once she would have said it to me, she would feel comfortable and she would be able to live her life the way she wanted to.”
Now that she has come out, M.A. hopes to help other people who are struggling with their identity by being herself. However, she doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a gay rapper. She hopes that her artwork and personal style can connect with as many people as possible, and as long as they are vibing with it, she’s fine.
“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,” she said. “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.”
Young M.A. caught fire with “Ooouuu” last year, but stayed quiet throughout the year afterwards. She dropped Herstory, an EP that reaffirmed her rapping ability. It also contained two tracks that were retreads from her first mixtape.
Fans of M.A. are still waiting for a full-length, legit album from the New York rapper, but for now they can tide themselves over with a shocking look at her transformation.
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Check out the side-by-side of M.A. up top. What do you think? Are you shocked at how different the rapper looks now? Sound off in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this article.