While most ladies can sing and/or twerk, what Young Ma can do and do exceptionally well is rapping. She is an American musician and entrepreneur who became famous in the year 2016 with her hit single Ooouu. Not only did the song do so well, it also got her nominated for several awards and opened up collaborations between Ma and other well-established musicians in the industry. It equally got her featured in many top entertainment magazines and following her ascent in her music career, she was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018.
Indeed, Ma is living a life many upcoming artists like her dream of and it is obvious she just got started. Let’s take a look at the background of this one-of-a-kind musician, know her net worth, sexuality, and some other interesting facts about the rapper.
Who is Young Ma?
The Ooouuu crooner was born on April 3, 1992, and named Katorah Marrero afterward. Records about her birth, states that she was born in Brooklyn, New York to Puerto Rican (dad) and Jamaican (mom) parents.
Though we do not have full details of her parents, we know that her dad was sent to jail when she was just a year old and didn’t see him till he got out by her 11th birthday. During this period, Young’s mom, whose name was given as Latifa relocated with her kids to Chesterfield. The reason for their relocation was primarily to escape the violent and troubled life of East New York and at the same time enroll her kids in a better school.
Our findings revealed that music was innate in the young rapper even before she began penning down rap lyrics. Her mom and uncle occasionally rapped but never ventured out as upcoming artists. This probably explains why Young Ma’s mom supported her right from the onset when she noticed that her baby girl had a knack for music. Latifa bought her daughter’s first karaoke machine which she used to set up a small music studio in her room.
In the course of time, Ma grew to become the leader of a local rap group called Moneymakers. She honed her music skills the more here and following the controversy that trailed her 2014 mixtape titled Brooklyn Chiraq, she went viral on social media particularly Facebook as many people accepted her blend of lyrics.
In 2015, she released a song titled Body Bag which became a YouTube hit, this was followed by Ooouu which became an even bigger hit in 2016 peaking at number 19 on the US Billboard and got RIAA: 3× Platinum. Other singles that have come from her include Walk (2017), Praktice, and PettyWap both in 2018. No doubt, more will still come.
Family: Brother, Girlfriend
Katorah Marrero was raised with her older brother, Kenneth, by their mother when their dad was serving time in prison. Sadly, when she was about 17, her 20-year-old brother was killed in gang-related violence in Pennsylvania. This took a toll on the raper such that she went into depression severally. In the course of time, however, she got over it and got back to her feet to pursue her career again.
Young Ma is a lesbian and is vocal about it. She has rapped about it umpteen in her songs and revealed she knew about her sexuality when she was as young as 9. Given that she is a tomboy, this didn’t come as a surprise to many people. As a young child, she often preferred to play football with guys and hang out with them rather than spending the same time with her fellow girls.
Coming to the question of who her girlfriend is, she was rumored in 2016 to be romantically involved with model Tori Brixx. The two were seen cozy with each other in a Snapchat video Young Ma made about the two of them at the time which confirmed rumors that they were seeing each other. However, the attraction that was between them soon faded as we learned from several celebrity news sources that Tori dumped Young for a male rapper – Rich The Kidd who at the time was having divorce issues with his wife, Antonette Willis.
For now, the raper is not known to have gotten into another relationship.
Young Ma Net Worth
Young Ma in the short time she has been around making music has seen her smile to the bank. The young rapper reportedly has a net worth of about $2 million according to several reputable sources.
Here are Facts You Need To Know
Before the fame, Young Ma worked in a restaurant called Shake Schack.
While we know what Young literally means, the Ma has a bit of twist to it. According to Katorah, the Ma stands for “Me Always”. She said it is a message to young people to always believe in themselves in the pursuit of their dreams.
As a kid, Young Ma grew up influenced by reggae and hip hop music which her mother often played.
The Brooklyn-born rapper stands at a height of 1.65 m which is about 5 feet 4 inches. Her weight and other body stats are not known at the moment, but being that we all know she is a tomboy, Young Ma does not fit into the category of an hourglass shape. She is far from it.