Pride Stars: Young M.A. on Partnering With Brands, Authenticity and Sex Toys

The openly gay rapper and Adweek Pride Star has built her own empire

Many people first heard of Young M.A. after her 2014 underground freestyle rap Brooklyn Chiraq sparked a heated controversy about glorifying gun violence in music. Or maybe they’ve heard that she was the inspiration for the character Freda Gatz on the Fox hit Empire, but turned down the role out of concerns she would be pigeonholed. Or maybe you just know who Young M.A. is because she’s one of few openly gay rappers, one of few visibly masculine “stud” lesbians in pop culture today.