yo yoYo Yo (born Yolanda Whitaker on August 4, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is a female hip-hop artist & actress who is a protege of rapper Ice Cube.

In 1990, she made her first appearance on Ice Cube’s album “AmeriKKA’s Most Wanted” album on the track “It’s a Man’s World.”
R-7096674-1455780819-3298A year later in 1991, Yo Yo released her debut single “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” (featuring Ice Cube) which peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100, #41 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, topped Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
R-584911-1285246879In March of that same year, she released her debut album “Make Way for the Motherlode” on EastWest Records which peaked at #74 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, receiving critical success.
nobody betterThe follow-up single “Ain’t Nobody Better” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #30 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
stompin 90sThe last single from the album “Stompin’ In the ’90s” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart. Yo Yo also made her acting debut in the film “Boyz in the Hood”.
black pearl albumIn June of 1992, Yo Yo released her sophomore album “Black Pearl” which peaked at #145 on the Billboard 200 and #32 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
homegirlThe first single from the album “Home Girl Don’t Play Dat” peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #53 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
black pearl singleThe title song peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #74 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

The year 1993 was a busy one for Yo Yo’s acting career as she starred in films such as “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” “Menace II Society,” “Strapped” and “Who’s the Man?”
better ask somebodyIn June of that same year, she released her third album “You Better Ask Somebody” which peaked at #107 on the Billboard 200 and #21 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
bonnie clydeThe lead single “The Bonnie and Clyde Theme” peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and also peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
westsideThe follow-up single from the album “Westside Story” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.
ibAnother single “IBwin’ Wit My CREWin'” managed to peak at #95 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

After that, Yo Yo’s music career took a backseat as she focused on her acting career. She had a recurring role on the ’90s comedy series “Martin” & appeared on the FOX Network television drama “New York Undercover.” She also appeared in the 1995 film “Panther”.

In 1994, Yo Yo signed a deal with Warner Bros. television to produce a sitcom called “Shifting Gears,” but the series was never picked up.
total controlIn October of 1996, Yo Yo released her fourth album “Total Control” which peaked at #46 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album didn’t generate a lot of success.

The two singles from the album “Steady Risin'” and “One for the Cuties” didn’t make the charts at all. After a lawsuit for an uncleared sample on the album, it was pulled off the shelves.

As for Yo Yo’s acting career, she starred in the 1997 films “Sprung” and “Trials of Life.” On television, she appeared on “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “The Parent Hood”.
ebonyYo Yo’s fifth album “Ebony” was supposed to be released in September of 1998, but it ended up being shelved because the guest appearances on the album weren’t properly contracted to work with an artist on EastWest Records. Promotional copies of the album were printed before it was shelved.

Later on, she was released from her record contract. Despite that, Yo Yo continued to focus on her acting career, but after 2000, not much was heard from her until 2004 when she did voice work on the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”.

In 2005, Yo Yo returned to the music business with a mix-tape remix of R&B singer Ciara’s single “Goodies” and rapper The Game’s single “How We Do.” She also continued with her acting career, doing some voice over work.

During that same year, she and female rapper MC Lyte worked together to form an LA-based organization called the Let Your Light Shine Youth Foundation. She also taught lyric writing for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

In 2008, Yo Yo performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards with female rap artists such as MC Lyte, Salt-n-Pepa and The Lady of Rage.

During that same year, she co-hosted the VH1 Network reality series “ego trip’s Miss Rap Supreme”. In 2009, she released the song “Give It T’um.”

These days, Yo Yo runs Yo Yo’s School of Hip Hop, which teaches performing arts to youth. She is also married and has two daughters.

As of 2009, she has been working on an EP called “My Journey to Fearless: The Black Butterfly” which has yet to be released.

To see the music video for “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo,” go to:

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To see the music video for “Stompin’ to tha ’90s,” go to:

To see the music video for “Home Girl Don’t Play Dat,” go to:

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To see the music video for “IBW’n wit My CREWin’,” go to:

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To see the music video for “Same Ol’ Thing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “One for the Cuties,” go to:

To see the music video for “Iz It Still All Good” (from Yo Yo’s unreleased album “Ebony”), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Do You Wanna Ride” (from Yo Yo’s unreleased album “Ebony”), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Give It T’um,” go to:

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