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Published on November 30th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby


Legendary, GRAMMY-Nominated Hip Hop Artist YoYo Releases New Single “Out of Control”

Photo Credit: Renato Ventura Moore

Yolanda “YoYo” Whitaker, the celebrated, GRAMMY-nominated, legendary hip hop artist, philanthropist, educator, actress and mother, releases “Out of Control,” her first new single in more than a decade. The song debuts today on YoYo Fearless Ent. in partnership with Foundation Media and is available on digital service providers. She performs the song on tonight’s episode of “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” at 8/7C on VH1.

The buzzing, funk-laced track captures YoYo’s signature demand for respect, effortless flow, plus features from her “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” castmate Brittany B and “The Rap Game” Season 5 winner Tyeler Reign. Patient Picasso delivers the chorus and the song’s inviting production.

Recently featured on The Breakfast Club, Sway’s Universe, GRAMMY.com, HipHopDX, “Sister Circle,” AllHipHop and other media platforms, YoYo explains the song. “‘Out of Control’ for me is three generations of women giving relationship reminders,” she says. “I’m coming in as a wife or main thang with the kids, saying, ‘Listen don’t let this trend with girls and fake asses get you messed up, sending me all these crazy texts. Don’t let Becky get your ass beat,’” she laughs. “Brittany says she can take them hood rich or slick. Tyeler’s 19-years-old. She reminds me of me, saying, she don’t need no man for no clout. I definitely wanted to bridge the gap. I thought teaming up with today’s artists was a good way to reintroduce myself.”

The “Out of Control” single cover art was painted by Demont Pinder, the commissioned artist for Starz’ “Power” who has toured with Eric B & Rakim and was recognized for his painting of Aretha Franklin. The music video for “Out of Control” will be released on Mon., Dec. 2.

(Artwork by Demont Pinder)

Joining the cast of “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” was another great way for YoYo to connect with new audiences. “OMG, I love being on ‘Love & Hip Hop Hollywood,’” she says. “I’ve been doing the work, working with young artists through my YoYo School of Hip Hop. Being on the show is giving people insight into what I’ve been doing and who I am. I also love that people get a chance to meet my family. Television is a great way to reintroduce yourself to an audience that knows nothing about you and why not do it in an organization that has a humongous following, great ratings and deals with a lot of today’s topics.”


Raised in the South Central district of Los Angeles, Yolanda “YoYo” Whitaker’s big break came when she appeared on Ice Cube’s 1990 debut, “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted,” duetting on “It’s A Man’s World,” representing her gender in admirable style. Her own debut “Make Way for the Motherload” introduced her confident attitude along with the formation of the Intelligent Black Women’s Coalition organization. Her songs “You Can’t Play With My YoYo,” “Bonnie & Clyde Theme” with Ice Cube and her feature on Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down” remix with MC Lyte and Queen Latifah are classics.

As an actress, she has appeared in the Academy Awards-nominated film “Boyz N the Hood” as well as a number of television shows including ‘90s sitcom “Martin” where she portrayed the memorable, comical recurring character Keylolo. She also served as a co-host of VH1’s “Miss Rap Supreme.” In 2013, she founded the YoYo School of Hip Hop music academy where she teaches youth about arts and academics. With a commitment to educating our youth, YoYo is an Ambassador for the Black College Expo. The expo is an event that highlights over 50 of the 104 historically black colleges and universities. For more than seven years, YoYo’s “How to Get A’s in English Through Hip Hop” seminar has been a main feature during the expo.

YoYo also makes her mark on the airwaves as co-host of Café Mocha, the #1 nationally syndicated radio show for women of color, alongside Emmy award winner Loni Love and broadcast veteran Angelique Perrin. The Gracie award-winning show is heard in over 35 markets across the United States and on SiriusXM Channel 141. YoYo teaches women about health and fitness via her “Get Fit With YoYo” program.

YoYo is a proud new grandmother and mother of two beautiful, intelligent daughters.


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