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HIP-HOP / 32 RNB Issue 52 / 2013 IEW RV TE IN Eve Right now we're blessed with a true hip hop legend! On the way to selling 8 million records, she gave you classic hits 'Who's That Girl?', 'Gangsta Lovin' and Grammy Award-winning 'Let Me Blow Your Mind'. She's collaborated with A-List artists Alicia Keys, Sean Paul, Mary J. Blige and Dr. Dre and has acted alongside Vin Diesel and Daniel Craig. She's had her own sitcom and record label and to top it off she's stunningly attractive! She might be the most successful female rapper ever – Eve! OSHI| @ Mr Wonder: You've done more than any female rapper I can think of! Are you still working now? It really impresses me that after selling 8 million records you're still motivated! You're in the UK? Eve: I've been truly blessed. Yeah, and I'm promoting my new album 'Lip Lock'. It's been real good but it's a lot of work, I ain't gonna lie! If you want to get in the business understand that, but I do enjoy it, my music is my first love and I feel blessed I'm able to still do it. I compared the Ruff Ryder's Eve to the Eve of today and so much is different! Is this the most challenging stage of your career? Yeah, I guess at this moment. It is challenging being a young female artist with your own label! (She laughs!) And you don't live in the US anymore, you've come out of your comfort zone? It's true, but I'm that kind of person – I don't like to be too comfortable. I mean, I like the finer things! But in life you're supposed to push yourself through challenges and it helps you grow as a person and artist, so even on my worst days I say 'Thank you, God!' Even when I'm stressed or depressed I enjoy it. So 'Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady, that was certified double platinum but somehow you stepped up again with 'Scorpion' and became a household name. 'Let Me Blow Your Mind' was a Grammy winning song. I was in the studio, wrote all the verses but to this day I actually hate writing hooks! Dre was like "I'll be upstairs and you gon' you this is how it's gon' be! The hook is like this and Alicia Keys should sing it!" That's how Irv talks! I was a fan of Alicia's – I went to her concert when she was just blowing up and it made sense that she was down to do a record. I've been really lucky being able to work with so many cool females. One thing I've noticed: you're always dressed fashionably but never revealingly, and your lyrics are sexy but never explicit – there's a balance there. What do you think of touch someone's life!" But that's just me! (She laughs again!) Let's bring it up to date now: obviously 'Lip Lock' is your album out now (Eve yells "OUT NOW!"), what can we expect in terms of production and artistic collaborations? Pusha T, Juicy J, Snoop… Lion! Missy Elliot, Chrisette Michelle, Dawn Richards, Swizz Beats, Claud Kelly, Black Elvis… it's a good line-up of people. I'm really happy with it. I was gonna ask: what's "In life you're supposed to push yourself through challenges and it helps you grow as a person and artist, so even on my worst days I say 'Thank you, God!'. " write a hook to this song!" I was just mad and wanted to go home but it turned out kinda nice, and he was like "See, I told you!" so I was happy! I was a fan of Gwen, she was the only person I could hear on the song. People challenged me and said us two on a record wasn't gonna work but I fought for it and I'm happy I did, she was down to do it. Your third album Eve-Olution featured Alicia Keys on 'Gangsta Lovin', how did that hook up come about? It was Murder Inc. Irv brought me this track like "Yo! I'm telling It was me writing myself out a certain place in my head, and after I did the song it was like "Oh wow, hopefully people will listen to this record and hopefully I can inspire!" What's crazy is the other night! I was at a club and this girl came up to me and was like "Look at my arm!" and she had the last four lines of the first verse of that song tattooed on her arm! I almost started crying in the club, and I'ma tell you that right there lets me know how blessed I am. I do music to touch people, to inspire, and that was my confirmation. What's next for Eve? In the next couple of years I wanna have some children, I wanna get married and hope to be producing TV or movies. And still writing – my words are my everything, books or poems or music, as long as I can use my words. successful female rappers today and do you feel you have a social responsibility? been your most memorable collaboration? And who would you like to collaborate with? What about your label 'From the Rib'? Have you been impressed with any UK artists? Absolutely. I mean, I think every artist should do whatever they want to, it's just not for me. Some other artists are like "I never wanted to be a role model" but at the end of the day you're in the public eye and I feel like I have to align myself with an organisation that is doing something different in the world because I don't just wanna be known for my music; I really hope people say "She made a difference, she did something to Well it's Lauryn Hill first, then there's like Nas, Andre 3000, that's my lil' list! But my best collaboration ever is Prince, cos it's Prince and… he's Prince. It don't need much explanation. I was so star-struck doing that song! I was just like… he's talking to me! Yes I have! I've always loved, like, Ms. Dynamite, Labyrinth is really dope and you have a lot of dope female MCs! I've been meeting more amazing artists than ever, so maybe! You've written some touching and empowering lyrics! What inspires you to write like that? Follow @TheRealEve

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