Marilyn Camacho, known as rapper, singer, and songwriter, Ruby Yo!, was born and raised in Chicago’s Southside Pilsen and Gage Park, and is the middle child of 8 children, all of Puerto Rican descent. Influenced early into the hip-hop culture, her brother’s were B-Boys and graffiti artists, she started singing, writing poetry, and acting out scenes she wrote by the age of 10. While attending Marie Curie Performing Arts High School as a drama/music major, she witnessed the gang violence in her neighborhood, listened heavily to Tupac n Biggy, wrote verses, spit them to her friends and discovered she had a knack for rapping. She went on to continue her studies at Barat College and Columbia College in Chicago, but dropped out and decided to focus on music full-time. Since then she’s been performing at local hip-hop music venues, and has also built a strong acting/directing reputation as one of the founders of UrbanTheater Company (UTC). She has been onstage in numerous theatrical productions, featured in multiple national commercials, indie films, voice-over, and print work. Ruby is definitely no stranger entertainment; combining theatrics, eclectic production, an energetic rap flow, and melodic singing she is forging herself as a quadruple threat. Her music is a cool mix of 80′s influenced hip-hop, pop, R&B, and Latin. Her single release, “Fire It Up”, and future mixtape/album release will clearly move Ruby Yo! to the forefront of woman in hip-hop making some serious noise, especially coming out from the Windy City.