Yolanda "Yo-Yo" Whittaker came, saw, and conquered before deciding to become a stepping stone for HipHop artists of the younger generation. The famous rapper is also a proud matriarch with grandkids, but there's more.
Yolanda "Yo-Yo" Whittaker is a beautiful woman who has so many layers to her life; even an onion would be jealous. She tasted huge fame in the hip-hop industry in the 1990s, after which she settled down to become a matriarch.
Whittaker was active on the HipHop scene for years thanks to her tenacious nature. She was introduced to HipHop in 1990 and experienced great success before switching to focus on acting, an area she also came to excel in.
Photo of Rapper Yolanda Yo-Yo. | Photo: Getty Images
These days, the talented woman works on different projects while being the best mother and grandmother any child could wish for. Whittaker is a real-life superwoman, but for the doubting Thomas, here are a few proofs.
ICE CUBE ENDORSED HER
Ice Cube is one of the legendary figures in the world of music, and for him to have endorsed Whittaker by taking her under his wing, then it means she is that big a deal.
Rapper Yo-Yo attends 2019 Trumpet awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on January 19, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
She made her debut in the hip-hop game with an appearance on Ice Cube's 1990 track, "It's a Man's World." However, it wasn't until the following year, when East-West America/Atlantic Records released her first single, "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo," that she became famous.
Between 1990 and 1991, she released a debut album, "Make Way for the Motherlode," which reached the Billboard Top 100 and got her first screen credit when she made a small cameo in the Oscar-nominated movie "Boyz n the Hood."
Whittaker got busier in the following years, maintaining radio exposure with well-received tracks, two other albums, and more film appearances. IMDb rated 1993 as one of the rapper/actress's busiest years as she acted in various hit movies.
Her fame waned after her second album, but the third one returned her to the list of best-selling female MCs. Building on that success, she focused more on acting after 1993 with appearances on film and television.
Whittaker got the idea for the school when she was at one of the low points of her life
Her fourth and fifth albums proved to be flops, but instead of letting that get to her, she geared all her attention towards acting, securing larger movie roles.
She went quiet after 2000, and the next her fans heard from her was when her voice work was employed in one of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004). She returned to the music scene I'm 2005.
A SUCCESSFUL MATRIARCH
Everyone knows mothers are superheroes. There are numerous occasions where moms have been seen lifting cars or running into flaming buildings to save their offspring, all in real life.
Whittaker is among their ranks. She has two daughters named Tiffany and Sanai. Her love for her children is well known; one need only look through her social media feeds to find proof of it.
Recently on Instagram, she shared a picture of Sanai, her youngest, looking beautiful while posing in a casual getup. Her caption proudly revealed that the girl would be college-bound next year.
Last September, she posted a shot of her first daughter in celebration of Daughter's Day, showing just how deep their bond goes. When she's not busy gushing over her daughters, Whittaker can be found doting on her grandkids, both of whom have also made appearances on her social media feeds.
Whittaker is also a dutiful wife, having been married to Highland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom since August 2013. They got married in the Cayman Islands, and fans were blessed with pictures from the events when Windom shared them on Facebook.
One of them featured the two lovebirds walking on a beach in their wedding attires. They looked very happy.
HER NOT-SO-SECRET IDENTITY
Whittaker can rap, act, and nurture, and her experiences over the years have helped shape her into a woman wise beyond her years and equipped with a visionary mindset.
For years, the artiste flew under the radar while she assumed the position of overseer in the School of Hip Hop she founded in both Los Angeles and Detroit.
Whittaker got the idea for the school when she was at one of the low points of her life, a time when the hip-hop world was changing, and she was having problems finding her feet.
Around that time, she tried to enroll her kids in an institution that would teach them to rhyme but could not find one for Hip Hop. She realized there was a problem, decided to solve it, and the school was born.
Most recently, Whittaker has been getting some screen time as one of the characters in the famous hit TV series "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood," a program that creatively bridges the gap between newer and older generations, something she is also dedicated to doing.
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