Black Pearl (Yo-Yo album)

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Black Pearl
Black Pearl cover.jpg
Studio album by Yo-Yo
Released June 23, 1992
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Hip hop
Length 38:37
Label East West America/Atlantic Records
Producer Ice Cube (exec.)
Sir Jinx
DJ Pooh
DJ Muggs
Down Low Productions
Yo-Yo chronology
Make Way for the Motherlode
Black Pearl
You Better Ask Somebody
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

Black Pearl is the second album by female emcee Yo-Yo. It was released on June 23, 1992, on East West America/Atlantic Records and was produced by Down Low Productions, Sir Jinx, DJ Pooh, and DJ Muggs. The album peaked at number 145 on the Billboard 200 and number 32 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Two singles from the album also charted: "Black Pearl" reached number 11 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and number 74 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, while "Home Girl, Don't Play Dat" peaked at number 3 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and number 53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The No Intro" (Yo-Yo, Deadly Threat)- 0:12
  2. "Home Girl, Don't Play Dat" (Yo-Yo, Isaac Hayes)- 2:38
  3. "So Funky" (Yo-Yo, Roger Troutman)- 3:02
  4. "Black Pearl" (Yo-Yo)- 3:10
  5. "Cleopatra" (Yo-Yo)- 3:46
  6. "It's a Long Way Home" (Yo-Yo, James Moore, Tony Brown, Earl Wilson)- 4:36
  7. "You Should Have Listened" (Yo-Yo)- 4:00
  8. "Woman to Woman" (Yo-Yo, Shuggie Otis)- 2:26
  9. "Hoes" (Yo-Yo, Deadly Threat, James Alexander, Ben Cauley)- 3:13
  10. "I Can't Take No More" (Yo-Yo, Sir Jinx, Richard Evans, Philip Upchurch, Ric Powell)- 3:39
  11. "A Few Good Men" Yo-Yo, Kam, Ellis McDaniel)- 3:50
  12. "Will You Be Mine" (Yo-Yo, Isaac Hayes)- 4:05


  • "Homie Don't Play Dat" contains a sample from "Joy" by Issac Hayes from the 1973 album Joy
  • "So Funky" contains a sample of "Be Alright" by Zapp
  • "It's A Long Way Home" contains a sample of "Scratch My Back" by Otis Redding from the 1966 album The Soul Album and "Disco Queen" by Hot Chocolate from the album Cicero Park
  • "Woman To Woman" contains a sample of "Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson from the 1977 album Right on Time
  • "Hoes" contains a sample of "Humpin'" by The Bar-Kays from the album Best of the Bar-Kays
  • "I Can't Take No More" contains a sample of "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)" by Donny Hathaway from the 1972 album Live
  • "A Few Good Men" contains a sample of "Hey Jerome" by Bo Diddley from the 1972 album Where It All Began
  • "Will You Be Mine" contains a sample of "Walk from Regio's" by Isaac Hayes from the 1971 album Shaft


  • Shawn McLemore: background vocals on "So Funky"
  • Big Bub and Marsha McClurkin: background vocals on "Black Pearl"
  • DJ Wildstyle: scratching on "Cleopatra"
  • DJ Pooh: Drum programming on "You Should Have Listened"
  • David Foreman: Bass and guitar on "You Should Have Listened", "I Can't Take No More" and "Will You Be Mine"
  • Jason White: Keyboards on "You Should Have Listened", "I Can't Take No More" and "Will You Be Mine"
  • James Perry: Bass on "I Can't Take No More"
  • The Good Girls: Background vocals on "I Can't Take No More"
  • Kymberli Armstrong: Background vocals on "I Can't Take No More and "Will You Be Mine"
  • Torrence Woods and Joyce Tolbert: Background vocals on "Will You Be Mine"
  • Deadly Threat: Additional vocals on "Hoes"
  • Kam: background vocals on "A Few Good Men"
  • Bob Morris, DJ Pooh, Prince Charles Alexander, Mike Green, Bob Drake, Darryl Dobson: Recording and mixing engineers
  • Carlton Batts: Mastering
  • David Provost: Photography


Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard 200[1] 145
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[2] 32