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Make Way for the Motherlode

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Make Way for the Motherlode
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 19, 1991
GenreWest Coast hip hop
LabelEast West America
Yo-Yo chronology
Make Way for the Motherlode
Black Pearl
Singles from Make Way for the Motherlode
  1. "Stompin' To Tha 90s"
    Released: October 17, 1990
  2. "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo"
    Released: March 14, 1991
  3. "Ain't Nobody Better"
    Released: July 25, 1991
  4. "Girl Don't Be No Fool"
    Released: November 27, 1991

Make Way for the Motherlode is the debut studio album by the American West Coast hip-hop recording artist, Yo-Yo. Make Way for the Motherlode was released on March 19, 1991 through East West Records and Atlantic Records. The album featured production by Ice Cube, Sir Jinx, and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. Make Way for the Motherlode charted well on the Billboard Charts, peaking at number 74 on the Billboard 200 and number 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Make Way for the Motherlode had two singles, including "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo" and "What Can I Do?", both of which featured Ice Cube. The background vocals for "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo" were sung by MC SOULA.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
The Source[3]

Alex Henderson of AllMusic wrote: "As positive as Queen Latifah but as abrasive in her delivery as MC Lyte, Yo-Yo showed some potential on her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode."[1] Robert Christgau commented that: "By loosing Roxanne Shante's tough talk on Queen Latifah's leadership seminar, Ice Cube's no-shit sister doubles her chance of teaching "intelligent black women" how one respects oneself. Her most salient theme is an ass she's not inclined to give up on the first date, and when she succumbs, she lives to regret it at speeds that'll set you on yours. Sir Jinx's soul-thick, jazz-inflected production suits her gritty drawl and wayward mouth. And if they should split she'll figure out another way to get over."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Yo-Yo

1."Stand up For Your Rights" (featuring Ricky Harris, Tamika Ingram and Threat)1:00
2."Stompin' to the '90s"
3."You Can't Play With My Yo Yo" (featuring Ice Cube)3:34
4."Cube Gets Played" (featuring Ricky Harris) 0:19
5."Put a Lid on It"
  • Ice Cube
  • Sir Jinx
  • James Brown
6."What Can I Do?" (featuring Ice Cube)
  • Del
  • Ice Cube
  • Clarence Reid
7."Dedication" (featuring LA Jay & Ricky Harris)
  • John Barnes III
  • J-Swift
9."The I.B.W.C. National Anthem" (featuring Dawn, Diamond & Sparkles)Yo-Yo1:44
10."Make Way For the Motherlode"3:47
11."Tonight's the Night" (featuring Dazzie Dee)
12."I Got Played"
  • Ice Cube
  • Sir Jinx
13."Girl, Don't Be No Fool"
14."Ain't Nobody Better"
15."Outro" (featuring Ricky Harris)
16."More of What I Can Do" (featuring Sir Jinx)
  • Del
  • Ice Cube
  • Reid
Total length:43:54


  • Some CD editions list the outro with the incorrect running time of 2:10
  • Featured artists are not listed


Chart (1991) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 74
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 5


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Make Way for the Motherlode – Yo-Yo". AllMusic. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: Yo Yo". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  3. ^ C., Greg (May 1991). "Record Report: Yo Yo – Make Way for the Motherlode". The Source. No. 20. New York. p. 57.
  4. ^ "Yo-Yo Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Yo-Yo Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.

External links[edit]

Make Way For The Motherlode at Discogs (list of releases)