An Interview w/ the First Lady of South Central, YoYo

yoyobuilding-225Went digging in the archives and found this vintage interview w/ one of my favorite emcees and long time friend, YoYo.. She had been on hiatus for a while when we caught up with each other in LA back in 2005.. She was working on some new material and decided to open up and share with us some gems about her life and career at the time..

Folks were first introduced to YoYo when she got down with Ice Cube on a song called ‘It’s A Man’s World‘. It was featured on the classic album ‘Amerikkka’s Most Wanted‘. To say the least people were blown away with this sister who could trade lyrical barbs with Cube and as a result they eagerly awaited for more material..

Since then YoYo he went on to give us 4 albums including; ‘Make Way for the Motherlode‘, ‘Black Pearl’, ‘You Better Ask Somebody‘ and ‘Total Control’ , She’s given us a number of hit songs including the classic; ‘Can’t Play With My Yoyo‘, ‘Girl Don’t Be No Fool‘ and ‘Bonnie and Clyde Theme‘ .

Yo Yo was a breath of fresh air when she hit the scene because she was so outspoken and a strong advocate for women’s empowerment. She also introduced us to the IBWC (Intelligent Black Woman’s Coalition), wrote a number of advise columns and ran a number of Youth programs..

YoYo took a break from the music for a while to pursue acting. She appeared in a number of films including; Boys in the Hood, Menace to Society and New York Undercover. She also had a reoccurring role on Martin Lawrence‘s hit TV show. and is now back on the scene ready to blow up..we caught up with her in Los Angeles where she opened up and spoke to us about her relationship with Ice Cube, her trials and tribulations in the industry, her special friendship with 2Pac and where she expects to be in 2005..

Below are the links to our 2 part 2005 interview

Click the link below to download or listen to the HKR Intv

Click the link below to download or listen to the HKR Intv

HKR Intv w/ YoYo pt1


HKR- Intv w/ YoYo pt2



  1. It was not only Cube but his supporting cast that made his early releases so dope. When he got down wit Mack 10 and WC (props due), it was nice but it just wasnt the same as rollin wit the muthafkin Lenchmob. Different vibe. I haven´t felt Cubes latest releases as much as 1990 to 1994 but he still LEGENDARY. Can´t take that away. Much thanks to the homegirl Yo Yo for those classic joints. Stay strong sista.

  2. YoYo, Lyte and Latifah…. That’s all that’s it