Hip Hop Ladies Night – Forgotten Legend – Tairrie B

Tairrie B

Background information

Birth name – Theresa Beth[citation needed]
Also known as – Tairrie B Murphy
Born – January 18, 1965 (age 48)
Genres – Alternative metal, hip hop, nu metal
Occupations – Rapper, singer, songwriter, poet, activist, designer, writer[citation needed]
Instruments – Vocals
Years active – 1990–present
Labels – Comptown
Rovena Recordings
Century Media
Undergroove Records
Rovena Recordings
Tiefdruck Musik
Associated acts – Bardeux, Tura Satana, Manhole, My Ruin, The LVRS, Neanderthal, Eazy-E


Tairrie B (born Theresa Beth, January 18, 1965,[citation needed]Anaheim, California) is an American singer. She was originally a rapper, but later became an alternative metal vocalist.

Tairrie B started her music career as part of the female dance group Bardeux. After the release of their debut single, “Three-Time Lover”, in 1987, she left the group. Under the tutelage of Eazy-E, she was later signed to his label Ruthless Records (under a new imprint called Comptown Records) and released her first album, The Power Of A Woman, which, unlike usual Ruthless fare, was distributed by MCA Records.[1] Tairrie B claimed she was assaulted by Dr. Dre at the 1990 Grammy Awards for not collaborating with him on her first album:

“Everyone with NWA – like Above The Law and The D.O.C. – whenever they do an album, all of the guys appear on the last track. So they were going to do that with me at one point and Ice Cube was gonna write lyrics to a track called ‘I Ain’t Your Bitch’.”[citation needed]

She refused, and rewrote the track as a diatribe against her labelmates. When Dr. Dre heard the track, he turned up at the awards ceremony party, where he punched Tairrie “twice – once in the mouth and once in the eye. He hit me like Tyson, but I took it – I don’t know how.”[2]

It turned out to be the only Comptown Records album release. Tairrie B later began working on her second full length album ‘Single White Female’, but before releasing it decided to change her musical direction away from rap. After being released from her contract by Eazy-E, just a few weeks before his 1995 death, she then formed Manhole (later renamed Tura Satana), My Ruin and LVRS.

In December 2008, Tairrie B married her long-time partner and guitarist of My Ruin Mick Murphy. She stated in the band’s Myspace blog that she had changed her last name to Murphy, but would continue to use the name Tairrie B in music.


Power of a Woman (1990)
Single White Female (Digital Release) (1993) [3]

Red Everything Movement


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