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TAIRRIE B (Buy CDs by this artist)
The Power of a Woman (Comptown/MCA) 1990

With a guest endorsement by Eazy-E and production on two tracks by Schoolly D, California's hip-hop blonde Madonna busts her tough-girl rhymes in an ineffectual little voice, but with a lot of heart. Armed with an uncommon persona — rejecting the culture's usual sex roles to be one of the boys who knows she's a woman — Tairrie B (it's pronounced Terry) almost gets over on sheer attitude (check "Ruthless Bitch" and "Murder She Wrote," both of which are really cool tracks), but she's doesn't quite have the juice to make most of her claims sound convincing.

[Ira Robbins]