Monday, May 11, 2009

Old School Mondays:: Yo-Yo & Tairrie B.

As far as I can tell,Yo-Yo and Tairrie B. have three obvious things in common: they are female, they are from the California, and they had rap albums released in the early 90's. Is that enough of a link to validate their pairing here? For me it is, and really, although perhaps unfortunate for you, that's all that counts.

Seeing as how yesterday was Mother's day, I thought only right to try and come with some female MC content for this week's OSM installment. That, plus the fact that Yo-Yo's name came up at some point last week in one of the many point-free conversations that the Ack and I have on a daily basis, the only lady-lench mob member was an easy choice. As for Tairrie B.? Well legendary commenter, and former hill contributor, Mario "Mr. E" Eleftheros put in a request for the only white female rapper ever to sign with Ruthless Records a little while ago, and I figured this was as good a time as any to try and satisfy him.

If you're at all into the 90's hip hop, surely Yo-Yo needs no introduction. She was put on by Ice Cube and the aforementioned Lench Mob, and her debut single You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo was a rather large jam in it's day. Yo-Yo could certainly hold her own when paired with Cube, and I think she is in that rare group of female MC's that were not only admired and respected by men, but by female fans and MC's alike. I may be wrong, but I don't remember ever hearing a Yo-Yo diss song, which is an accomplishment when you consider how quick female MC's used to hate on each other.

Speaking on getting hated-on, I do believe Tairrie B. got into a beef with H.W.A. (Hoes With...well, you know), which is both completely un-surprising, and a fun thing to have on your resume. Tairrie was a hardcore-rhyme spitting, Jean Harlow-blonde signed by Eazy-E to his Ruthless Records label in the early 90's. Her film-noir inspired video for Murder She Wrote was a curiosity amongst young white rap enthusiasts such as myself back in the day, and although her skills aren't quite as bad/corny as I remembered them to be, it would be quite a stretch to think the novelty factor didn't play the main role in her released an album on the OG-est label of that timeframe. I'm not sure I knew anyone that had this album back in the day (Mr. E, did you own this one? Seems like one you might've), and I certainly don't remembering hearing it all, but it's fun to re-visit. When I ever get around to my next rap-gimmicks list, Tairrie will be on it.

What are these ladies up to now you ask? Well Yo-Yo was on something called Miss Rap Supreme last year, which is awesomely-named, and features Serch, so it must be as excellent. As for Tairrie, well her wiki features an extensive list of musical projects you have likely never heard of, but as far as I can tell, she seems to be a heavy metal scream rapper of some kind, and that might make her one of the more successful ex-Ruthless Records artists out there. Happy belated Mother's day to the scant few moms who might be reading this, and enjoy.

MP3:: Yo-Yo - You Can't Play With My f. Ice Cube

MP3:: Yo-Yo - What Can I Do f. Ice Cube

MP3:: Tairrie B. - Swingin' Wit' T

MP3:: Tairrie B. - Murder She Wrote

Yo-Yo - You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo

Tairrie B. - Murder She Wrote

Posted at 2:46 PM by naedoo :: 1 comments

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At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

About time you fools listened to I will wait for the 2 In a Room segment.


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