Ruby Yo! is the moniker of Marilyn Camacho, a multifaceted artist that fuses her love of theater and music to create progressive music with a timeless feel. Born and raised in Chicago’s Pilsen and Gage Park neighborhoods, Ruby’s artistic composite consists of various cultural and family references, including growing up in a proud Puerto Rican family, and most predominantly, her older brothers introducing her to Hip-Hop though the elements of graffiti and breakdancing. By age 10 she began singing, writing poetry, and acting out scenes she had written herself. While attending high school as a drama/music major, Ruby began to play around with the element of emceeing by writing verses and spitting them for fun to friends. Encouraged by the reaction of her peers, it was then that she discovered that she had a knack for rapping.
Some of the influences that Ruby draws upon include, late 90′s hip-hop (“”The Mis-Education Of Lauryn Hill” changed my life!”), 80′s electro pop, dubstep, salsa, and rock. Her experiences growing up and witnessing the gang violence in her neighborhood, led Ruby to explore alternative methods of Latino representation on stage and in life. The result was Ruby becoming one of the founding members of the Urban Theater Company (UTC), rooted in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. For the past few years Ruby has been simultaneously performing at local hip-hop music venues, all the while building a strong acting/directing reputation in the theater community. She has been featured in multiple national commercials, indie films and has been sought after for voice-over and print work.
2012 proved to be a breakout year for Ruby Yo! as she performed at the popular SXSW conference and festival, saw the release of a feature film entitled “Lovetown”, a rock/pop musical that has recently made it into several international film festivals, and most notably, the release of her first album, The Rubyx Cube EP.
Currently, Ruby is working on finishing the filming of the first season of her new semi-autobiographical comedy webseries, "Ruby's World, Yo!, as well as recording her two upcoming mixtapes slated for summer and fall releases.
Understanding the beauty in the struggle of the artist, with every new transition, Ruby strives to transcend the perception of what a female emcee can be.