Mia Young (born January 9, 1970), better known by her stage name Mia X, is an American rapper and songwriter.[1] She was the first female emcee to get a contract with rapper and entertainment magnate, Master P on his successful record label No Limit Records. She has been called the Mother of Southern Gangsta Rap. She is known for collaborations with several No Limit Records artists, including Master P and Silkk the Shocker on the seminal albums, Ice Cream Man, Ghetto D and Charge It 2 Da Game.[2]

Mia X
Mia X in 2019
Mia X in 2019
Background information
Birth nameMia Young
Also known asThe Mother of Southern Rap, Mama Mia
Born (1970-01-09) January 9, 1970 (age 51)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, songwriter
Years active1984–1999, 2008–present
LabelsMama Mia Muzik, XLP Distribution (current)
No Limit, Priority, EMI (former)
Associated actsMaster P, Foxy Brown, Monica, Charlie Wilson, Silkk the Shocker, Snoop Dogg, UGK, Fat Joe, Mystikal, Magic, Fiend, Donald XL Robertson, C-Murder

Personal lifeEdit

Young was born in the 7th Ward housing projects in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 2006 in a magazine article, her publicist releases a statement of an upcoming cookbook. Before her cookbook she did on online page on instagram #teamwhipdempots. Her cookbook was finally released in 2018.

In the 2010s, Mia X was diagnosed with uterine cancer and beat it. In surgery for the cancer, the surgeons accidentally "tore her cornea off", and that left her with 73% vision in one eye.[3]

Music careerEdit

Music beginningsEdit

Mia X and her career are both New Orleans born and raised. In 1984, she joined a local rap group. In 1992, she released a single titled "Ask Them Niggas", which appeared on her 1993 EP titled Da Payback.

1994–95: TRU, No Limit Records and Good Girl Gone BadEdit

In 1994, Mia X signed to fellow rapper Master P's label No Limit Records as a solo artist and also joined Master P's group at the time, TRU, where she experienced national success.[4] She was the first female rapper to be signed by No Limit Records.[5] On November 21, 1995, Mia X released her debut album titled Good Girl Gone Bad,[5] which failed to chart on any of the Billboard charts.

1997–98: Unlady Like and Mama DramaEdit

In 1997, she released her first single from her upcoming second album titled "The Party Don't Stop" featuring her CEO and frequent collaborator at the time Master P and Foxy Brown. On June 24, 1997, Mia X released her second album titled Unlady Like;[5] it peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and No. 11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and eventually was certified gold by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 copies.[citation needed]

On October 27, 1998, Mia X released her third album titled Mama Drama; it peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200[5] and No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, the album would become certified by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 copies only two weeks after release. On September 22, 1999 the album was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA selling 2,800,000 copies in the U.S.[citation needed] After this release, Mia X went on hiatus from the music industry for personal reasons.[citation needed] There were rumors of a fourth No Limit album from Mia X called 'Sista Stories' that was due in late 1999, but due to disruption at the label and in Mia X's personal life the album would never see a release.[citation needed]

2008–present: Betty Rocka LocksmithEdit

In 2008, she appeared on C-Murder's album Screamin' 4 Vengeance, on tracks titled "Mihita" and "Posted on tha Block (remix)". In 2009, Mia X worked as the executive producer on the release of her son Sean's (aka Fly Guy Sean) debut album The Future is in My Hands...[citation needed]

On November 29, 2009, during an interview, Mia X discussed her hiatus and comeback, revealing that she is working on a mixtape titled Unladylike Forever and a new album entitled Betty Rocka Locksmith due out in February 2010. She also announced the start up of her label titled MusicLife Recordings and also her ghostwriting for other artist's. [6][7]

On June 13, 2014, Mia X released a new single titled "Mr. Right" featuring artist Ms. Tasha via her label Mama Mia Muzic.[8] On September 1, 2015, Mia X released a new single titled "No More" featuring Caren Green.[9]

As of October 2018, she is reuniting with her colleagues and friends from No Limit, Mr. Serv-On, KLC, and Mo B. Dick, for a new album, Three Ns and a Broad. Mia X said that they all used to live together in the 1990s when No Limit was just starting out, and she still is in frequent contact with the surviving No Limit rappers.[10]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Extended playsEdit

  • Da Payback (1993)
  • Mommie Dearest (1995)

FilmographyEdit

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1997 I'm Bout It Kasey Supporting role
1998 MP Da Last Don Nicey Supporting role
I Got the Hook Up Lola Mae Supporting role
1999 Hot Boyz Police Secretary Uncredited role
Foolish Heckler #2 Cameo
2006 Dream Home April Supporting role

TriviaEdit

Her name appears in the lyrics of the Le Tigre song "Hot Topic."[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Goldsmith, Melissa Ursula Dawn; Fonseca, Anthony J. (December 1, 2018). Hip Hop around the World: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. p. 455. ISBN 9780313357596 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Bynoe, Yvonne (2006). Encyclopedia of rap and hip-hop culture. Greenwood Press. p. 261. ISBN 0-313-33058-1.
  3. ^ "Mia X - Struggles With and Beating Cancer (Part 4)". YouTube. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Mia X joins Master P's No Limit Records". Mtv.com. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 264. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  6. ^ "Mia X Talks Her Hiatus And New Music". HipHopDX. November 28, 2009. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mia X, Been Through the Storm - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mr. Right (feat. Ms. Tasha) - Single by Mia X on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. June 13, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "No More (feat. Caren Green) - Single by Mia X on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. September 1, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Mia X - Diss Album, and Working With Master P (Part 2)". YouTube. September 28, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Oler, Tammy (October 31, 2019). "57 Champions of Queer Feminism, All Name-Dropped in One Impossibly Catchy Song". Slate Magazine.

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