1. Tairrie B
Before Iggy Azalea was even born, let alone had such a nice ass, there was Tairrie B.
Tairrie B’s real name is Theresa Beth. She got her start as a part of a female dance group called Bardeux. After the release of their debut single, “Three-Time Lover,” in 1987, she decided to leave the group and become a white female rapper.
Eazy-E signed Tairrie B to a new label he started called Comptown Records, which was distributed by MCA. You’ve probably never heard of it, because Tairrie B’s 1990 debut, Power of a Woman, was the only album it ever releasedhttps://youtu.be/arjt4Jb2_kU
In this era, it was customary for all of the members of N.W.A. to appear on the last song of an album by an artist affiliated with the group. “The Grand Finale” by The D.O.C., for example, was the last song Ice Cube appeared on with the rest of the members of N.W.A.
The last song on Power of a Woman was supposed to be called “I Ain’t Your ? .” Ice Cube was going to write the lyrics. It would have been something along the lines of “It’s a Man’s World” from Amerikkka’s Most Wanted, in which the members of N.W.A. would take turns calling Tairrie B a ? , and then she’d go off on them in the very last verse.
For some reason, she didn’t like this idea. Instead, she recorded a song called “Ruthless ? ” dissing N.W.A. and even other Ruthless artists like JJ Fad. She said Dre looked like a ? when he was in World Class Wreckin Cru and accused him of lifting a lot of the samples on Straight Outta Compton from Ultimate Breaks and Beats, both of which are true.
Dr. Dre heard the song, and needless to say, was none too pleased. He confronted Tairrie B and her manager at a party for the 1990 Grammys. Thinking there was no way Dr. Dre would beat up a woman, in front of ? Clark, New Kids on the Block and Janet Jackson no less, Tairrie B refused to back down.
This ended up being a tragic miscalculation.
Here’s how Tairrie B describes what happened next in an interview with Record Mirror (me neither), as cited in the wiki:
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.”
LAPD broke up the fight and took a statement from Tairrie B. She told them the guy who did it was the same guy who did that song “? the Police.” It’s a wonder Dre didn’t somehow get shot reaching for his wallet that same evening. Later, she was paid to drop the charges. She was told her album wouldn’t come out if she didn’t.
At that point, she went back in the studio and re-recorded “Ruthless ? ” to include a reference to Dr. Dre putting a shoe on her at the Grammys. Somehow, this version was included on Power of a Woman.https://youtu.be/c2wQaa-ckCI