Yo-Yo

Yo-Yo

Biography

Yo-Yo (born Yolanda Whitaker on August 4, 1971) is an American hip-hop artist and actress. Much of her music has advocated female empowerment, denouncing the frequent sexism found in hip-hop music. She is the protégé of gangsta rapper Ice Cube. Yo-Yo dubbed her crew the IBWC, which stood for the Intelligent Black Woman's Coalition.

Yo-Yo first appeared as a guest on Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted album in 1990, on the track "It's a Man's World." Cube returned the favor by appearing on "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo," which was on Yo-Yo's 1991 debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode.

Her follow-up in 1992, Black Pearl was well received by critics, partly because of its focus on positive messages and uplifting themes that contrasted the popular gangsta rapstyle. However, despite a plethora of renowned producers such as DJ Muggs, this did not translate into a hit with mainstream hip-hop audiences, and the album's sales were considered a disappointment.

Less than a year later, released her follow-up You Better Ask Somebody. The final track on the album was her third recorded hip-hop duet with Ice Cube, "The Bonnie and Clyde Theme".

Yo-Yo's next album was 1996's Total Control. In 1998, she finished her fifth album, Ebony, but it was not released.

Discography

Yo-Yo - Make Way For The Motherlode

Yo-Yo - Make Way For The Motherlode

EastWest Records America1991
Yo-Yo - Black Pearl

Yo-Yo - Black Pearl

EastWest Records America1992
Yo-Yo - You Better Ask Somebody

Yo-Yo - You Better Ask Somebody

EastWest Records America1993
Yo Yo - Total Control

Yo Yo - Total Control

EastWest Records America1996

Guest Appearances

Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
  • It's A Man's World

Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

Priority Records1990
Big Bub - Comin' At Cha
  • Touch Me

Big Bub - Comin' At Cha

Eastwest Records America1992
Patra - Queen Of The Pack
  • Romantic Call

Patra - Queen Of The Pack

Epic1993
George Clinton - Hey Man ... Smell My Finger

George Clinton - Hey Man ... Smell My Finger

Paisley Park1993
Da Lench Mob - Planet Of Da Apes
  • Environmental Terrorist

Da Lench Mob - Planet Of Da Apes

Priority Records1994
Champ MC - Ghetto Flava
  • Cruizin'

Champ MC - Ghetto Flava

Eastwest Records America1994
Teena Marie - Passion Play
  • Sweet On You

Teena Marie - Passion Play

Sarai Records1994
Adina Howard - Do You Wanna Ride?
  • You Can Be My Nigga

Adina Howard - Do You Wanna Ride?

EastWest Records America1995
Battlecat - Gumbo Roots
  • Set Trippin'

Battlecat - Gumbo Roots

Warner Bros. Records, Maverick1995
Quincy Jones - Q's Jook Joint
  • Stomp

Quincy Jones - Q's Jook Joint

Qwest Records1995
Kali's Finest - Stay Ahead Of The Game
  • Forever Flossin'

Kali's Finest - Stay Ahead Of The Game

Payper Chase Entertainment1997
Levert - The Whole Scenario
  • True Dat (Hip Hop Remix)

Levert - The Whole Scenario

Atlantic1997
Nicole - Make It Hot
  • Do You Wanna Ride

Nicole - Make It Hot

The Goldmind, Inc., Eastwest Records America, Elektra1998
Kali's Finest - Spread Ya Hustle International
  • Forever Flossin'

Kali's Finest - Spread Ya Hustle International

White Lable Music, Me & Mine Entertainment1999
DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout
  • Whatcha Wan Do

DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout

Mad Science2009
Sir Jinx Presents The West Wing
  • Enjoy Yourself

Sir Jinx Presents The West Wing

Coastal Contra Music2012
Ms. Toi - I Am A Warrior
  • Set It Off

Ms. Toi - I Am A Warrior

G.O Entertainment2014
Cold187um - The Blackgodfather
  • Black SuperWoman

Cold187um - The Blackgodfather

Untouchable Muzick Group, LLC2016

Compilations

Boyz N The Hood (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Mama Don't Take No Mess

Various - Boyz N The Hood (Music From The Motion Picture)

Warner Bros. Records, Qwest Records1991
East Coast Family Vol. 1
  • Chit Chat (Interlude)

Various - East Coast Family Vol. 1

Motown1992
Pump Ya Fist (Hip Hop Inspired By The Black Panthers)
  • Crazay

Various - Pump Ya Fist (Hip Hop Inspired By The Black Panthers)

PolyGram1995
DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' (Part One)
  • So Funky

DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' (Part One)

Bigtyme Recordz1995
Dangerous Ground - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Keep On Pushin'

Various - Dangerous Ground - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Jive1997
Music From And Inspired By The Hit TV Show Living Single
  • Chocolate (Remix)

Various - Music From And Inspired By The Hit TV Show Living Single

Warner Bros. Records1997
Ice Cube - Featuring...Ice Cube
  • It's A Man's World

Ice Cube - Featuring... Ice Cube

Priority Records1997
Hip Hop High: Class Of 1992-1993
  • The Bonnie And Clyde Theme

Various - Hip Hop High: Class Of 1992-1993

Capitol Records2002
Brandy - The Best Of Brandy
  • I Wanna Be Down (Remix)

Brandy - The Best Of Brandy

Atlantic2005
2Pac - The Rose Vol. 2
  • Only 4 The Righteous

2Pac - The Rose Vol. 2

Amaru Entertainment2005
N.W.A. And Their Family Tree
  • You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo

Various - N.W.A And Their Family Tree

Priority Records, EMI2008
Snoop Dogg Presents The West Coast Blueprint
  • You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo

Various - Snoop Dogg Presents The West Coast Blueprint

Priority Records2010
Various - The Guilty Til' Proven Innocent Project (Soundtrack)
  • Set It Off

Various - The Guilty Til' Proven Innocent Project (Soundtrack)

Big Spin Records2014