*Aside from Nicki Minaj and a few other new ladies on the block, what happened to the female rapper?

A few years ago, before Nicki blew up, we all wondered if we’d ever see another rapper that blew up in the way Lil Kim did.

Well, before we look further into the future, let’s look into the past and focus on our favorite female rappers from back in the day.

Check out the first person on the list:

Yo-Yo

Yolanda Whittaker, girl, what have you been up to? The lady best known for her time spitting with Ice Cube, playing Keylolo on “Martin” and rocking those blonde braids hasn’t been one of the bad misses of rap for a while. Her last album was Total Control in ’96, and while she did try and release her fifth album, Ebony, some years later it never made it into stores. Since then, we’ve seen her perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards in ’08, and doing more television appearances than anything else. Her credits include the documentary, “My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip-Hop” and co-host of the female rap competition, “Miss Rap Supreme.” She’s been working on an EP that she wanted to drop in ’09 called, My Journey to Fearless: The Black Butterfly, but it still hasn’t been released. But if you’re still thirsty for anything from her, she has been featured on tracks with Kurupt, Brooke Valentine and DJ Quik. Come back Yo!

Read more at MadameNoire