CNN caught up with Young M.A at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, where the just turned 25 years old Brooklyn rapper showcased her latest music at the Vevo House and reflected on her love and appreciation for former President Barack Obama.
“I don’t really get too involved with the political stuff,” she told CNN. “I just really talk about my struggles and what I go through.”
According to her, she would have liked to see Obama; serve (an unconstitutional) third term:
“I’d tell him keep being swaggy, keep being cool like how you be cool and enjoy your life,” she said. “It was fun, it was real and he did what he had to do, you know what I mean, he made it happen.”
Vevo, which works with the top entertainers in the world, has also been making efforts to team up with new, up-and-coming artists including Young M.A, Aminé, Jay Electronica, Jacob Banks, Lewis Del Mar and Sigrid – all of whom performed at the festival.
While Young M.A’s music is not explicitly political, being an outspoken lesbian in the hip-hop industry – a topic that she often addresses in her lyrics – has broken some taboos.
“What inspires me more is the experiences now. Also the people, you know, my supporters, they inspire me more than anything because they want to see me keep going, so I gotta keep going for them.”
Speaking about Obama’s landmark healthcare bill – the Affordable Care Act, which is more commonly referred to as Obamacare, she said:
“When you cater to somebody’s health, that’s important, you know what I mean? Because at the end of the day, a lot of people can’t afford a lot of these hospitals and things that they go through.
“When you provide some type of leeway or some type of opportunity for somebody to be able to have health care … then I think that’s dope. That’s what we need,” she said. “And I feel like you shouldn’t even have to pay for being taken care of.
“Hell yeah, it bothers me to know (that Republicans want to repeal Obamacare),” she said. “It’s basically taking away something that people had at one point … and now it’s back to the struggle.”
The Brooklyn rapper is most known for her 2016 hit single “Ooouuu” – a catchy, hard core club banger, which has been on the Billboard Top 100 chart for 13 weeks.
Written by Clement Oluwasegun