VIDEO: Tairrie B’s “BTCHCRVFT”


Tairrie B. is back once again with a new video from her latest album Vintage Curses (my review of which can be read by clicking here) and if you haven’t heard from or seen her in recent years, some of you may be shocked, if not surprised. Those of you who have traveled with her for the last 25 years will say something along the lines of “well damn, that’s my Tairrie right there” and rightfully so. Here, she tells her about her love of “BTCHCRVFT”.

FREE DL: Tairrie B.’s “Wicked Witch Of The West Coast (Mediatrix Remix)”


There was a time when Kool Keith, as Poppa Large, considered himself the big shot of the East Coast. 25 years later, rapper Tairrie B. says she is the “Wicked Witch Of The West Coast” and considering it’s a Halloween weekend coming up, consider this the perfect time to check it out. The song is being presented here as a Mediatrix remix so have a listen and if you’re feeling this one, download it, free of charge.

REVIEW: Tairrie B.’s “Vintage Curses”

Tairrie B. photo TairrieB2015_cover_zpsgnbwbzec.jpg The first time I became aware of Tairrie B. was when she was one of the dancers in Everlast’s first music video for “I Got The Knack”, where she even got a shout out in the lyrics. She would be signed to Comptown Records via MCA and released her debut album in the form of The Power Of A Woman and I bought the 12″ for “Murder She Wrote” and the album. I’ll be honest, I liked what I saw but upon hearing her music, it was easy to really like what I heard, vocally and lyrically. Her self-proclaimed “mafia style” was direct and to the point and if we were to compare her to other white MC’s of the era, she didn’t sound like Everlast, 3rd Bass, the Beastie Boys, and definitely nothing like Vanilla Ice. She was on her own path and could easily be compared to the likes of Yo-Yo, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Queen Mother Rage, and Monie Love. Sadly, being on her own path would make some people feel she was on her own, if not push her away from the pack. Despite recording an album that was meant for release in 1992/1993, that album never came out when it was meant to and Tairrie B. became a hip-hop side note, never to be heard from again. Or at least that’s what people thought or expected her to do, until she resurfaced in the second half of the 1990’s as a hard rock/heavy metal singer in bands like Manhole, Tura Satana, and finally My Ruin, where she gained an all new following with the help of band member (and husband) Mick Murphy, reaching levels she was never able to achieve as that woman who was always “being in total control of herself”.

25 years after she released her debut album, she has decided to not abandon her love of metal but let her metal fans where she had come from before, which might be a shock for those who didn’t know she was a rapper. For those who were hoping to be “Swingin’ Wit’ “T”” eternally, they can do so with the release of Vintage Curses, which shows that with style, grace, and maturity, you can still show how powerful it can be to be a master, or mistress, of ceremonies, regardless of age.

Let’s be blunt and to the point: if Chuck D. can still be doing his thing as he approaches 60 and Ice-T never afraid of delivering his classic flows at 57, Tairrie B. shows you can be 50 and still sound as youthful as she was when she was in her mid-20’s. If there is one obvious difference between then and now, she sings with a lower register. That will bring a sense of maturity that isn’t forced, it’s genuine and there. Lyrically, she drops rhymes about what matters to her, her experiences both good and bad, some hopes and fears but also the confidence that has helped her not only as an artist, but as a woman. There was a time when female MC’s were plentiful, which meant you could hear diverse voices from as many locales as possible, be it Mia X, Missy Elliott, and Nicki Minaj. The only downfall is that in the mainstream, there can only be one leader of representation. By being on the indie side for years, Tairrie B. is more or less dropping songs with a statement that doing it a way that is expected is complete bullshit. It doesn’t hurt if you truly do it yourself, as long as you have a community that shows support and respects who you are.

The songs on Vintage Curses range from being dark in nature, showing shades of what she has done within My Ruin but also displaying a few songs that owe back to the hip-hop production of the early to mid-90’s, as if she pulled a few surprises from the vaults and said “I never forgot.” As LL Cool J would say, don’t call this a comeback, for she has always been here for years, but some may listen to these new songs and ask themselves “what is she trying to prove?” For one, it seems too many people in hip-hop have put faith in that hip-hop if a young man’s game and once you hit 25, if you are not on the level of Jay-Z or Eminem at that age, you should apply for a new job. However, some of the most well known rappers never achieved their greatest successes until after the age of 25. Then again, put faith in ageism all you want and you will discover that it is bullshit too. You might also say the title Vintage Curses has a double meaning, for one might say Tairrie B. is also vintage in nature. However, just because she is vintage doesn’t mean she should be expected to be prim and proper. However, she has something to say and what better way than to do it in a voice that is very much of herself, regardless of genre. She shows that just because you’re a rapper or have done rap doesn’t mean you can only be one thing or sound one way. She could easily do a country EP in 2016 and throw people off even more. For now, her Vintage Curses consists of music for today’s audiences, along with those who have supported her when she let the beat rock, however method she chose to rock the mic.

(Vintage Curses is available from Bandcamp as a free download, but definitely use the “Name Your Price” option to show support.)

VIDEO: Tairrie B.’s “Beware The Crone”


Last week I posted a new song that marks the return of Tairrie B. back into hip-hop for the time being and now she has turned that song into a video. Check out “Beware The Crone” and if you’ve known what she has done in the last few decades, you might hear this as a nice transition while others might ask “where has she been?” She has been here, she’s never left but now that you are here, watch and listen to the new video. The song will appear on her forthcoming album, Vintage Curses.

SOME STUFFS: Tairrie B. returns to her mafia style with a new hip-hop album

NOTE: I always filter the photos of artists that I post, not only to make this website stand out a bit but to add a bit of continuity on my part. Unfortunately, I received a complaint about the filtered photo I made of Tairrie B. from the person who does her PR so I have to replace it with the original version, per his request. I apologize for the interruption of promotion.)
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For me, this lady was one of the best rappers of the early 90’s and I loved her album on Comptown/RCA Records called The Power Of A Woman. I had first become aware of her in Everlast’s video for “I Got The Knack” back in 1990 and before I knew it, she had her own album. Eventually she left hip-hop without a trace but found a home in the metal world where she showed her singing talents, different from the dance group she had been with before she became a rapper. She’s now a member of the group My Ruin with her husband Mick Murphy but it seems the urge to rap has always been there, slightly on the surface but present. 25 years after releasing her debut (she did record a second album but that was not released). Tairrie B. has made a return as an MC with Vintage Curses to be out on August 14th. Some of her devoted metal fans may find the return a curious one while others who enjoy a wide range of music will welcome her back to her hip-hop origins. If anything, it shows how diverse an artist can be, especially when awareness of what they had done before is little or unknown. After hearing this, longtime fans will understand that Tairrie B. is still being in total control of herself. Have a listen to “Beware The Crone” and if you’d like to read a recent interview on why she chose to dabble into hip-hop again, head to SkinBackAlley.com.

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VIDEO: My Ruin’s “Heretic Dreams”


The brutality of My Ruin’s music has been visualized once again, this time for the song “Heretic Dreams”, perhaps exploring the heretic in all of us (or the heretic in us we deny exists). The song is from the band’s album The Sacred Mood, out now.

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VIDEO: Chevy Metal with Dave Grohl at the Party In Your Pants! music festival

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Chevy Metal is a classic rock cover band that covers some of the best music of the genre, which includes hard rock and heavy metal. The group features Mick Murphy of My Ruin, Wiley Hodgden, Rami Jaffe, and Foo Fighers drummer Taylor Hawkins. One night, Dave Grohl decides to check out on Taylor, one thing lead to another and Grohl finds himself jamming with the band. This is the end result, a collage video shot by Murphy’s wife, My Ruin vocalist Tairrie B. Murphy, as Chevy Metal get into some nice Rolling Stones covers, including a take on Sticky Fingers‘ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin'”.

Mick Murphy and Grohl are taking part in another project, this one organized by drummer Reed Mullin of Corrosion Of Conformity that’s being called Teenage Time Killers, featuring former Seattle resident Greg Anderson, along with Vic Bondi, London May, Mike Dean, and Tairrie B. as well. Teenage Time Killers is still “in process” but when news of this one comes close to a final project, I will let everyone know about it.

BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: Tairrie B.’s “Single White Female”


Photobucket Even as N.W.A scared the world (or at least American police officers), record companies were wanting anything to do with the self-proclaimed hoodlums of Compton, California. It even lead to Eazy-E getting his own label on MCA Records that he could use to do anything and everything. The first artist that came from Comptown was someone who wasn’t from Compton, but from Anaheim. Her name was Tairrie B..

Even though her first musical output was with the dance music duo Bardeux, this would lead to her hooking up with rapper Everlast, who had been associated with Ice-T‘s Rhyme Syndicate. Within that time, she became a rapper and she would find herself working with Eazy-E. Maybe because she was a white female rapper, at a time when there were none (or very little), not many had taken her seriously despite her music being pretty decent. She ended up releasing one album, Power Of A Woman, supported by the QDIII-produced single “Murder, She Wrote” (one of many songs where QDIII would utilize the work of his father, Quincy Jones, in the samples he used. See Everlast’s “I Got The Knack” for a reference, the video of which featured Tairrie B.)

While the album was not a massive seller, it did move her to record a second album called Single White Female. Unfortunately, as she was wrapping up the album, Tairrie B. decided to move into yet another musical direction, thus leaving behind hip-hop for good. The album remained unreleased until last summer, when she chose to share the album via Bandcamp. The audio sounds like it was mastered from a cassette, so I’m not sure if that means the master recording is not in her possession or it may have been destroyed. Nonetheless, these songs showed a hint of what could have been had she pushed on as a rapper.

She has found happiness in everything she has done since then, but it’s nice to hear a bit of history, even if her impact on hip-hop may be considered a footnote to some.