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Young MA Biography

Young MA

Birth Name
Katorah Marrero


Birth Date
April 3, 1992 (age 24)

Zodiac Sign

Place Of Birth
Brooklyn, New York


Puerto Rican, Jamaican

Katorah Kasanova Marrero (“Kat”) was born on April 3, 1992 in East New York, a neighborhood located in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  The 24-year-old is better known by her stage name, Young MA.  When she was a year old, her dad was sent to prison and wasn’t released until she was 11-years-old.


Young MA’s mother didn’t want her to attend New York City’s public schools so when she was 7 she moved to Virginia.  Her mother has had a major influence on her career.  When Kat was younger, her mother would play hip-hop and reggae music on a regular basis.  Her mom and uncle used to rap but they never pursued rapping as a career.

Young MA Biography
Young MA Biography


Kat played basketball and football when she was younger.  She loved Jordans and her mother made sure she was always in the latest pair:


#TBT I been J walkin! All classics!! If you’re a Jordan head you know the number and name of each Jordan I got on 💪🏽 This ain’t nothin new duke! Shoutout to mom dukes for always makin sure the feets was right 👌🏽 luh you mama 😌 90s baby
A photo posted by Young M.A Official (@hennynhoes) on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:54am PDT

When she was 16-years-old, she moved back to New York.  After high school she worked at TJ Maxx and the New York City restaurant chain, Shake Shack.

Brother Killed To Gang Violence

When Young MA was 17-years-old, her brother was killed to gang violence.  The tragic incident occurred in 2009.  Her brother was 20-years-old.  Her brother was a Blood, inspiring the name of her label, RedLyfe.  She insists that the label is not affiliated with the gang.  “RED” is an acronym for Repent Everyday Life.
Here’s a picture of the rapper with her brother:


Rest in peace my King 🙏🏽👼🏿 I love you! Still can’t believe it’s been 7 years since you been gone 😢 and every year it feels no different from the first time I got that news.. But besides all that i know you’re proud of me.. I’m working for you bro 🙏🏽💪🏽 I promise you I won’t quit this shit 💯 continue to watch over me.. Thank you for teaching me how to be the person I am today! You are the reason I am so strong.. See you one day 😢🙏🏽 (120988 – 092609)
A photo posted by Young M.A Official (@hennynhoes) on Sep 26, 2016 at 11:39am PDT


On March 15, 2015 she released her debut mixtape, M.A The Mixtape.  With over 48,000 downloads and 140,000+ listens, the mixtape has earned DatPiff’s Bronze status.  In November 2015 she released her second mixtape, Sleep Walkin, which is Silver on DatPiff.

On March 30, 2016, Dr. Boyce Watkins shared a video criticizing a freestyle by Young MA.  After listening to the rapper’s Chiraq freestyle above, Watkins insulted the Brooklyn emcee for celebrating “Black genocide”:

Listen to her second mixtape, Sleep Walkin:


Young MA is best known for her single, “Ooouuu” which she released on May 12, 2016.  The track was produced by UDub of NY Bangers.  The song has over 66 million views on YouTube and several remixes have been released.

Personal Life

Over the past few years, there have been numerous rumors about the rapper.  False reports have been published about her criminal history, the identity of her father and even her gender.


In October 2016, a rumor was started, claiming that Young MA was arrested.  The story claimed that a female officer searched her after she was detained.  A separate rumor alleged that she spit in a fan’s face.  The rumors are false.  The rapper was not arrested.

Jim Jones

The rumor mentioned above also claimed that the officer reported that Young MA looks like Jim Jones.  The false report led many to believe that Jim Jones is her father.  Jim Jones is not Young MA’s father.  The rumor is false.


Young MA is a female.  She often raps about having male sexual organs yet she was born a female and is still a female.  She does not have any male organs.


By Jason John

Jason John is based in Maryland and covers Empire BBK’s News and Entertainment. He was previously a producer for the mobile site, helping to present Empire BBK’s news report to readers. More