On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Graduate and Part-time Student Council alongside the Student Organization of Kean University came together to bring the On Your Campus Virtual Tour to students, where they had the opportunity to tune into a live musical set from rapper Young M.A. After her performance, Young M.A. partook in a Q & A with staff.
Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y, the artist made a name for herself in the music industry with her raw musical style and strong sense of self.
Her initials M.A, standing for Me Always, she never missed out on an opportunity to embrace her sexuality, personal life and growth.
Young M.A has opened for acclaimed musicians and embarked on her own global tour.
Making the Forbes' 30 Under 30 List, achieving 4x platinum on her breakout single "OOOUUU" and breaking streaming records, M.A. did not fail in her attempt to cement her legacy as one of the titans in music today.
The virtual concert was streamed via Looped from 9 to 10 p.m. Students were able to register and click an invite link which brought them to the page of the stream.
At the left hand side of the screen was a chatbox where guests were able to interact.
Though the set was not in person, it was streamed live to viewers as M.A. performed many of her songs, most of which brought excitement to the audience.
After M.A.'s performance, she took questions. When asked about the creative process of her forthcoming album, M.A. explained what made it come about.
"I am going to add more to my album, being that I have a lot of time on my hands," said M.A. "Certain things that I have been going through was part of that process. I express myself through my music."
M.A. also gave advice for artists that are aspiring to make it in the industry.
"You have to want it," said M.A. "You have to want it bad. Nowadays, a lot of people want to be rappers because it is the cool thing to do. But, I've been wanting this since I was a kid."
Additionally, M.A. spoke on how the big break with her freestyles and song, "OOOUUU" made her feel.
"I manifested it. I already knew, I put it in the air. I knew it was coming," mentioned M.A. "I just kept going. I kept working and working until that moment came. I had dreams about performing on stage one day and it just came true."
More information about the Graduate and Part-time Student Council can be found on Cougar Link.
Information on Student Organization can be found here. Both organizations are devoted to the wellness of the student body through its programming and opportunities that it presents to the Kean community.