Rocker Tairrie B Goes Back To Her Rap Roots

sarah_calavera in Music

Tairrie B Murphy turned 50 this year and after 20 years of fronting metal bands has gone back to her rap roots she began back in the 90's.

This awesome tattooed lady was one of the first white female rappers back in the old school rap days. A protegee of rapper Eazy-E she launched her solo album in 1990 "Power of a Woman". Unlikely as it might seem she fit right in with the Compton's notorious gangsta rap pioneer Eazy-E's Ruthless family. She kept her own unique style and a killer attitude. Iggy Azalea can thank Tairrie B for paving the way for her and other female rappers.

Tairrie B and Eazy-E back in the 90's
Tairrie B and Eazy-E back in the 90's

After her first solo album release she moved into a fusion of rapping and alternative metal styles with the band Manhole which later became Tura Satana. Apparently rapper Ice-T's band Body Count was a big influence on her to cross over into a fusion of these styles.

Tairrie becomes the frontwoman for her band Manhole and gets her first tattoos
Tairrie becomes the frontwoman for her band Manhole and gets her first tattoos

Tairrie was a late starter when it came to her tattoos. She got her first one on the back of her neck saying "Baby Doll" when she was in her early 30's after leaving an abusive relationship. In an interview with Metal Hammer magazine she said it was a big FU to the person. Tairrie believes as an artist her tattoos are very meaningful for her and part of her soul. She has left and right upper arm tattoos based on religious icons. Although she isn't a religious person she is drawn to the iconography and symbolism of it.

Tairrie changes the name Manhole to Tura Satana after the busty actress of Russel Meyer's exploitation movie Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
Tairrie changes the name Manhole to Tura Satana after the busty actress of Russel Meyer's exploitation movie Faster Pussycat Kill Kill

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She has a Virgin Mary tattoo with the word "truth" inscribed on a banner
She has a Virgin Mary tattoo with the word "truth" inscribed on a banner
Miss B has got class sipping a brandy for a My Ruin photo shoot
Miss B has got class sipping a brandy for a My Ruin photo shoot
Tairrie B performs screaming powerful vocals with My Ruin
Tairrie B performs screaming powerful vocals with My Ruin
Photo by Al Pulford 2012 "I opened my mouth and let the words pour from my throat. My teeth vibrated as the demons exorcised themselves through the music." - TℬM
Photo by Al Pulford 2012 "I opened my mouth and let the words pour from my throat. My teeth vibrated as the demons exorcised themselves through the music." - TℬM
Photo by Michele Nightwitch Penfold taken at a My Ruin show in York, England 2014
Photo by Michele Nightwitch Penfold taken at a My Ruin show in York, England 2014
Photo by Andy Keilen of Rolling Stone magazine of Tairrie B performing 2015 with metal supergroup Teenage Time Killers
Photo by Andy Keilen of Rolling Stone magazine of Tairrie B performing 2015 with metal supergroup Teenage Time Killers
Tairrie and husband Mick Murphy in their band My Ruin
Tairrie and husband Mick Murphy in their band My Ruin

Her favorite tattoo is on her right arm and reads "Blasphemous Girl" the same name as her clothing line and custom jewelry. She got the tattoo after being in a car accident in 2006 that almost ripped her left arm off. She went through skin grafts and surgery and was left with a huge scar.

Blasphemous Girl is Tairrie's custom jewelry label and her trademark
Blasphemous Girl is Tairrie's custom jewelry label and her trademark
Miss B shows off one of her custom made Blasphemous Girl rings
Miss B shows off one of her custom made Blasphemous Girl rings
I hope I look this stunning when I turn 50!
I hope I look this stunning when I turn 50!

In June this year Tairrie revealed she was going back to her old school rap days and launching a new album "Vintage Curses" a west coast rap album full of folkloric witchcraft themed songs and her trademark vicious lyrics. Receiving both high support and criticism from fans and music media alike Tairrie faces a tough crowd but her first release "Beware the Crone" has some killer lyrics and catchy beats. Check it out.

"With blood and sweat and honesty blowing kisses at my critics like a true OG" lyrics from Beware the Crone. Photo by Andy Watson
"With blood and sweat and honesty blowing kisses at my critics like a true OG" lyrics from Beware the Crone. Photo by Andy Watson
Tairrie B Murphy check out her new rap album Vintage Curses
Tairrie B Murphy check out her new rap album Vintage Curses
Her second official video "Bitchcraft" was released at the end of November
Her second official video "Bitchcraft" was released at the end of November
Beware the crone...just like Medusa she'll turn you to stone Photo by Marcelo Palomino
Beware the crone...just like Medusa she'll turn you to stone Photo by Marcelo Palomino

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Skull obsessed tattoo fanatic, writer for Tattoodo, voice actor and visual artist who loves metal and headbanging. Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Tool, horror & the macabre.

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