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    (August 4, 1971- )
    Born in Compton, California
    Birth name was Yolanda Whitaker
    Recorded the albums ‘Make Way for the Motherlode’ (1991), ‘Black Pearl’ (1992), ‘You Better Ask Somebody’ (1993), and ‘Total Control’ (1996)
    Recorded the singles ‘Stompin’ to tha ‘90s’ (1990), ‘You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo’ (1991), ‘Ain’t Nobody Better’ (1991), ‘Homegirl Don’t Play That’ (1992), ‘Black Pearl’ (1992), ‘Westside Story’ (1993), and ‘The Bonnie and Clyde Theme’ (1993)
    Appeared in the films ‘Who’s the Man’ (1993), ‘Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit’ (1993), ‘Panther’ (1995), ‘3 Strikes’ (2000), and ‘Paper Soldiers’ (2002)
    ‘You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo’ was her only song to crossover to the pop Top 40.
    Her ‘Total Control’ album was pulled from the shelves after a lawsuit over uncleared samples.
    She dated Tupac.
    During taping of an episode of VH-1’s ‘Love and Hip Hop,’ she punched out former exotic dancer Apple Watts, leaving Watts with a black eye and busted lip (2019).
    She was originally into poetry, but was inspired to try rapping after hearing Roxanne Shante.
    She frequently denounced sexism in hip hop.
    She testified before Congress about putting rating labels on rap records (1994).
    Her husband, Highland Park, Michigan, mayor DeAndre Windom, was shot in the leg outside of a Detroit nightclub after a fight broke out (November, 2013).

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