Young M.A.

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*all original tickets from the September 23rd date will be honored at the door

OPENING ACT(s): MattOX , Nizzy Strawz , Pound$ide POP , Joie Kathos

Thu 11/16

Doors 7:00 / Show 8:00
Electric Factory
— $32.50 ADV - $35 DOS | All Ages
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Biography

Brooklyn's history as a bastion of progressive, young hip-hop talent, both past and present, remains unchallenged with the entrance of 25-year old Young M.A into the musical arena; a female voice whose work manifests itself as a triumphant reminder of music's ability to uplift. The Brooklyn MC has been exploring her talents since the age of nine, but her undeniable skills were first shared with a major audience in 2014, when her "Brooklyn (Chiraq Freestyle)" video began garnering more than one-million views on YouTube. In a valiant example of spiritual determination, Young M.A chose not to give credence to the original source of the video - a cynical detractor who shared the video along with his negative and hateful commentary - and now the visual is basking in more than 9.1 million hits. Young M.A has stepped out of the realm of viral sensation and into bona fide artistry, beginning with her latest release ‘Herstory’ and her current smash single, “OOOUUU,” which is RIAA certified 3x platinum. The hit record has amassed 72+ million SoundCloud streams and 205+ million YouTube plays. M.A is receiving national radio attention, with 110,436 spins to date. With the record tearing up the clubs, she’s seen support from the likes of Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, 50 Cent, LaLa, Jadakiss, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mills, Jim Jones, French Montana, FunkFlex, amongst others championing the record. It’s no wonder Billboard, Vogue, MTV, The Fader, NY Times, Complex, Rolling Stone & Revolt recently named her a top artist to watch in 2017. Young M.A has also graced the covers of The Fader Magazine & Highsnobiety this year. She is also fresh off the heels of a sold out US national tour with 21 Savage. Those closest regard her talents as extending beyond music; skills recognized by Oscar-nominated ‘Precious,’ director, Lee Daniels and Grammy-winning producer Swizz Beatz, who strongly recommended M.A for a role on Daniels' sensational, award-winning television show ‘Empire.’ With an eye on her music career, Young M.A respectfully opted out of involvement. Guided by her profound faith, the burgeoning artist represents RedLyfe (Repent Every Day), a movement driven by a higher purpose, but embodied by those, like Young M.A herself, who aim to rise above the trivial and focus on individuality. Openly lesbian and proud in her identity, Young M.A's own personal growth is certainly a source of great inspiration. Childhood experiences playing football with the boys provided her with an early exercise in toughness, while the horrific shooting death of her brother at a painfully young age was an overwhelming tragic loss that she has used as the inspirational undercurrent for the creation of RedLyfe, in what is a powerful revelation of fortitude.

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  • MattOX

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    American rapper and the CEO of OX Gvng. He is best known for his song "Overwhelming" and its music video which received over 2 million views on YouTube in less than two weeks.

  • Nizzy Strawz

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    American hip-hop artist who is known for the singles "Mad Rich,"Dirty Youngbulls," and "'Bout It." He released a mixtape entitled Dirty Youngbull in 2017.

  • Pound$ide POP

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  • Joie Kathos

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    It’s hard to ignore the amount of talent emerging from Philly lately. From young rappers signing deals with major television networks to talented instrumentalists, songwriters, producers, and vocalists landing deals with major record labels. Known as the home of many musical legends, and legends in the making, Philadelphia has made significant contributions to the music so many people in joy today. Conceived this city’s heirloom is the new age renaissance woman and MC, known as Joie Kathos. Born Jordan Shannon, Kathos has spent most of her life in the music and entertainment industry via her education in dance. After making her initial debut as just “Joie” back in 2011, she later added Kathos to her name when forming her own independent record label now known as Joie Kathos LLC. Joie Kathos is a lifestyle that derives from the combination of the word Joie meaning "with joy" in French. and the Greek prefix Kathos which means "just as" or "just as i am." Together the words translate to “with joy i am”, a motto Kathos created after facing several life changing situations in her early childhood. Kathos is a unique talent with an eclectic approach to producing, writing, singing, and choreographing the music she releases. That’s right, Joie Kathos is a one-woman show. This includes her choreographing her live performances and directing her videos. Although most would assume someone with many gifts must fall short somewhere, the catch is, Joie is a seasoned veteran when it comes to performing on stage, so much so that she was able to convince Philadelphia’s former mayor Michael Nutter to join in for a little routine during her set for GlaxonSmithKline in 2015.

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