12/28/2016 01:39 pm ET Updated Dec 29, 2017

Young M.A. Before She Was Famous

Young M.A. rose to prominence with a series of hard-hitting freestyle videos on Youtube and is now making waves in rap music with her combination of uncompromising lyricism and Brooklyn delivery. This summer, her song "OOOUUU" became a national hit getting a million views a day on YouTube during its peak.

Young M.A. has made waves in the music industry because she's incredibly talented and because she's a young queer woman. She stands as the possible face of a refreshing hip hop revitalization. Normally women are incredibly sexualized in the hip hop and rap communities, but Young M.A. has kept the attention of an audience because she is controversial in her masculine appearance and sexual orientation. This isn't a gimmick, this is just her being her.

Michael McCrudden's latest video breaks down just how the conditions surrounding Young M.A.'s fame came to be. He highlights the rapper's past and her unique evolution into a woman standing for change in the male dominated world of hip hop.