The Stream: Young M.A's rise

Artist Spotlight: Who is Young M.A? And how has she managed to claim the number fifth spot on the Billboard 100 Hip-Hop and R&B charts? Watch out Nicki Minaj, a new female rapper wants to claim her crown. Of course, we can't overlook the fact the Young M.A's style is a lot different than Nicki's, they maybe both female rappers but Young M.A's style falls more under the genre of trap music than Nicki's "pop" and hip-hop.  One of Young M.A's major influences in the rap game is 50 cent, according to  What's really impressive about Young M.A is that she is still unsigned, yet her single "OOOUUU" is quite popular and has over 48 million views on YouTube. Her single is No.28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and an impressive No.5 on the Hip-Hop charts as mentioned before. Young M.A is fully independent for now but according to an interview with DJ Clue of Power 105, Young M.A said she has been in talks with LA Reird, RCA Records, and Atlantic, but the rapper has not decided on signing with a label yet. 

Another evoking fact about Young M.A is that she is bringing female rappers back to the Top 10 on the Hot Rap/Hip-Hop charts. The Brooklyn-born rapper reached No.5 in the past week, according to The jump marks the first time that "a female emcee has reached the top 10 on the chart this year, as a lead act". Other females artists have been on the top 10, but as featuring artists. The last time a female rapper claimed the Top 10 on the Hip-Hop charts was Missy Elliot's "WTF (Where They From)" last year. 

Billboard Hot 100; Hip-Hop Charts: Top 10

  1. Broccoli- D.R.A.M Feat. Lil Yachty
  2. Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) Zay 
  3. Sucker for Pain- Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons With Logic & Ty Dolla Feat X Ambassadors.
  4. Too Good- Drake Feat. Rihanna
  5. OOOUUU- Young M.A
  6. Panda- Desiingner
  7. Black Beatles- Rae Sremmurd Feat. Gucci Mane
  8. Caroline- Amine
  9. Tiimmy Turner- Desiigner
  10. For Free- DJ Khaled Feat. Drake

As for the international music scene, Nicky Jam leads on the Hot 100 Latin charts for the second week in a row, with his single "Hasta El Amanecer" on the charts for a total of 40 weeks.

Billboard 100: Latin Charts: Top 10

  1. Hasta El Amanecer- Nicky Jam
  2. La Bicicleta- Carlos Vives & Shakira
  3. Duele El Corazon- Enrique Iglesias Feat. Wisin
  4. Safari- J Balvin Feat. Pharrell Williams, BIA & Sky
  5. Chillax- Farruko Feat. Ky-Mani Marley
  6. Otra Vez- Zion & Lennox Feat J Balvin
  7. Shaky Shaky, Daddy Yankee
  8. Vente Pa'Ca Ricky Martin Feat Maluma
  9. Bailar- Deorro Feat. Pitbull & Elvis Crespo
  10. Tengo Que Colgar- Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizarraga  

Artists To Watch: Though Young M.A is a relatively new artist to the mainstream hip-hop and rap charts, there is still a lot of new talents that just haven't reached her level of success yet, here are some artists to check out before they make on the Billboard Top 10.

Raury: According to Buzzfeed Raury from Atlanta, Georgia was cosigned by Kanye West, Lorde and Gucci Mane, quite impressive for a new artist. The article stated "the rapper/singer/songwriter/producer makes difficult-to-classify songs for a YouTube generation that inhaled Nirvana and Three Six Mafia in the same breath". Raury was also named on of 2014 "most buzzed about new artists" by Album to check out: Indigo Child

Tkay Maidza: Another female rapper, comparable to Azealia Banks, Maidza falls under the "bubbly hip-hop" category. According to, Maidza style of music is "hectic and magnetic as anything from pastiche-pop masterpiece Santogold or Azealia Bank's 1991 EP. Song to check out: Ghost

Lady Leshurr: Lady Leshurr was named one of Rolling Stone's 10 Artists To Watch in 2016 , she's been compared to Missy Elliot and her music video for her single "Queen's Speech" has 33 million views on YouTube. She takes pride in trying to make her music fun, Leshurr stated that what she can do is "bring the fun back into music" in an interview with Rolling Stone, and after hearing her first release the public wants more. Album To Look Forward To: Queen Of The Scene