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Album Review

As positive as Queen Latifah but as abrasive in her delivery as MC Lyte, Yo-Yo showed some potential on her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode. The decent, if uneven, CD (which Ice Cube produced with Sir Jinx and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien) was more of a critical success than a commercial success. The hip-hop press was quick to praise Yo-Yo, who urges young women to practice responsible sexuality, respect themselves and demand respect from men. On "Girl, Don't Be No Fool," Yo-Yo stresses that women shouldn't allow men to physically abuse them under any circumstances — a message that definitely needed to be heard, although regrettably, the song doesn't distinguish between the "dogs" and "good guys." Cube has memorable cameos on "What Can I Do?" and "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo," but his presence wasn't enough to make Motherlode anything more than a moderate hit.

Biography

Born: 04 August 1971 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Yo-Yo (born Yolanda Whitaker) has been among the most sophisticated and unpredictable female rappers around. She doesn't take an overtly feminist tack but urges young women to show sexual restraint and use their minds as well as their bodies. Yo-Yo came out less embracing and more confrontational on You Better Ask Somebody, her 1993 album. There was little compromise in her rapping, or the record's mood. Where before she'd sometimes seemed conciliatory, this time...
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Make Way for the Motherlode, Yo-Yo
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  • 13,99 €
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, West Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap
  • Released: 19 March 1991
  • Parental Advisory

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