On the heels of the success of her hit Vh1 reality show, Miss Rap Supreme, and crowd-stopping performance at the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards, rap pioneer Yo-Yo announces the release of her highly anticipated EP, “My Journey to Fearless: The Black Butterfly,” in March 2009.
Her triumphant return to the musical genre that made her a household name will be celebrated by collaborations with Missy Elliot, DJ Quik, Ceelo, Raheem Davon, DJ Toomp, Erick Sermon, The Lab Rats, and Keri Hilson, among others. “My Journey to Fearless: The Black Butterfly” features six tracks highlighted by Yo-Yo’s distinctive blend of innovative hooks, rhythmic beats and edgy lyrics.
“I feel blessed to have joined forces with some of the industry’s finest talents on this EP,” she stated. “My fans won’t be disappointed; these new tracks are taking hip-hop to a new level.”
The first single, Give it t’um, from “My Journey to Fearless: The Black Butterfly” will be released to radio on January 13, 2009.
In 1990, Yo-Yo was introduced to the hip-hop scene by actor/rapper Ice Cube when she collaborated with him on his debut solo album, "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.” A year later, Yo-Yo released her own single, "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo" which peaked at #1 on R&B’s Hot 100 and in 2008, was ranked #92 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop.
Combined with the success of her follow-up singles releases, "Stompin in the '90s," "Ain't Nobody Better," and "Girl, Don't Be No Fool" Yo-Yo’s debut album, "Make Way for the Motherlode" broke the Billboard Top 100 chart – at that time, a ground-breaking accomplishment for the music industry.
In 1992, Yo-Yo released her critically acclaimed sophomore album, “Black Pearl” that featured the hit singles, "Homegirl Don't Play Dat" and "Black Pearl.” Her success continued with the album releases of “You Better Ask Somebody” (1993) and “Total Control” (1996). Not one to spend much time away from the recording studio, over the years, she has collaborated on countless singles with some of the biggest names in the industry including, Brandy, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, MC Lyte, and Coolio.
In 1995, she shared an MTV Video Music Award nomination for “I Wanna Be Down” and the following year, shared a Grammy Award nod for the chart-topping single, “Stomp.” In 1990, Yo-Yo made her feature film debut in Menace II Society and later that year, appeared as herself in Boyz N the Hood. Her additional film credits include, Who’s the Man, Sister Act 2, Panther and 3 Strikes.
Yo-Yo’s appearances on the small screen include a recurring role on Martin, as well as guest starring on The Jamie Foxx Show and The Parent ‘Hood.
To find out more about Yo-Yo and “My Journey to Fearless: The Black Butterfly,” visit: www.yoyofearless.com