Young M.A

Katorah Kasanova Marrero, popularly known as Young M.A, is an American rapper born on April 3, 1992. The world recognizes the artist by her stage name, which stands for ‘Young Me. Always.’ Marrero first received widespread recognition with the release of “Ooouuu” — her quadruple-platinum hit single in 2016. Marrero steadily ascended the stairs to success over time, but it is the journey that inspires us. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s celebrate her birthday and have a good time!

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Katorah Kasanova Marrero


Young M.A, Me Always

Birth date:

April 3, 1992



Zodiac Sign:



5' 5"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$2 million

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Katorah Kasanova Marrero was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Young M.A., her stage name is well-known. The artist is of mixed race, having a Jamaican mother and a Puerto Rican father. Unfortunately, her father was imprisoned when she was just a year old and only released when she was 11. Due to the absence of her dad, Marrero grew close to her mother and brother, Kenneth Ramos. When she was seven years old, her family relocated to Chesterfield, Virginia to escape the rising violence in East New York. Moreover, her mother thought that the city would provide better educational opportunities. She began writing rhymes in her schoolbooks, to which her mother responded positively and even purchased a karaoke machine for her. After that, the aspiring rapper set up a makeshift studio in her room.

In 2009, when she was just nine she started rapping. Marrero gravitated towards hip-hop and reggae music because her mother played it often at home. Sadly, she experienced tragedy once more during this time when her brother was murdered by gang members. She was devastated by her brother’s death because he was like a father figure to her. As a result, she struggled with depression and required treatment for numerous sessions. She also took a break from music during this devastating time.

Marrero eventually began collaborating with local musicians to compose music. She employed a variety of part-time jobs to help fund her passion projects. The rapper rose to prominence in 2014, and her debut song was released in 2016. Her music has continued to gain acclaim and followers throughout the years.

Career timeline

The Controversial Song

The rapper becomes well-known after her song ‘Brooklyn Chiraq’ goes viral and is panned by renowned novelist and social commentator Boyce Watkins.

The Popular Song is Released

Her song "Ooouuu" gains over seven million Spotify streams, and is remixed by several rappers, including Nicki Minaj and French Montana.

The BET and MTV Awards

She receives the BET Awards for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Female Hip-Hop Artist,’ and the MTV Video Music Awards for the ‘Best New Artist.’

The Listing on Forbes

Marrero is named in the "Forbes 30 under 30" list in the music category.

The Debut Studio Album

Marrero releases her debut studio, “Herstory in the making,” which hits the Billboard 200 at number 16.

The Collaboration With Eminem

She appears on the track ‘Unaccomodating’ from Eminem's surprise album — "Music to Be Murdered By."

Why We Love Young M.A

  1. She is an inspiration

    Anyone who knows Marrero is aware of her challenges in life. As a result, her narrative serves as an example to future generations, teaching them the value of perseverance.

  2. Her rap is important

    Contrary to most mainstream rap, Marrero talks about truly important things. Her rap revolves around violence, wealth, and sexuality.

  3. She values criticism

    The rapper did not let the backlash of her 2014 single "Brooklyn Chiraq" impact her negatively. Instead, she eventually expressed gratitude to Watkins for his vital contribution.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She worked at fast-food joints

    In a bid to earn money, the rapper worked at several fast-food restaurants.

  2. 50 Cent is her greatest influence

    Marrero has always been an avid fan of the “Grammy Award” winner 50 Cent as he had a strong impact on her.

  3. She turned down an acting opportunity

    The artist refused to play a part in the musical drama “Empire,” stating that she wants to be known as herself and not the character.

  4. She is a lesbian

    Marrero admitted to liking girls since she was in first grade.

  5. Her mom’s helped her come out

    Her mother always encouraged her to come out of the closet so she could feel more at ease and live her life as she wishes.

Young M.A FAQs

Is Marrero drill?

The artist has lately embraced the Brooklyn drill — a subgenre of drill music centered in Brooklyn. The aesthetics also compliment her nonchalant and punchy delivery.

Is Marrero in a relationship?

As of 2022, Marrero is often seen flaunting her new love, Kaylah Gooden, on Instagram.

What are Marrero’s pronouns?

The rapper is comfortable with her assigned female gender and does not use alternate pronouns.

Young M.A’s birthday dates

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