This past Tuesday, May 14, was a good day. I got a chance to kick it with rap veteran and former Ruff Ryder Eve (through the phone) on the official album release day for her first project in 11 years, the much-anticipated Lip Lock. For Eve, it was an activity-laden day filled with seemingly endless phone interviews and appearances, but when I spoke to her, she was absolutely right in the pocket and in her element. During our conversation, not only did Eve share the inspiration for her long-awaited return to music, but also her thoughts on living large in London, sisterhood (or the lack thereof) among female hip-hop artists, collaborating with the likes of fellow female MC Missy Elliott and Snoop Lion, and what she’d say to her former paramour Stevie J if she were to bump into him on the street.
(Check out Eve’s Style Evolution: Then Vs. Now!)
Eve‘s back! It’s been a very long time–11 years long– since Eve released an album. Lip Lock (May 14) is her first album since 2002′s Eve-Olution. With the new album on deck we dug through the archives–taking it all the way back to ’99–to look at the evolution of her style.
Picture this: Eve calls Azealia Banks. Eve: “Hey girl, I’m working on my first album in a million years and you should hop on a track with me.” Azealia Bank’s handler: “Hi Eve. Ms. Banks is pretty busy right now. So thanks, but no thanks.” *Record scratch* Excuse us? Read more…
For the fifth time in as many years, Mary J. Blige graced the Essence Music Festival stage last night in New Orleans. Galvanizing her legion of ravenous fans during a set that followed main-stage performances from Tank, Mary Mary, Ledisi and comedian Kevin Hart, even the ushers were two-stepping unapologetically; in between performing a number of hits that spanned her entire twenty-year career, Blige also made time to unleash covers of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” and Charlie Wilson’s “Outstanding” for the Mercedes Benz Superdome crowd.
When the beat dropped for songs like “Real Love,” “Family Affair,” “Just Fine,” and “Not Gon’ Cry,” audience members took to their feet and assisted the sequin-clad star with lyrics and adlibs alike, creating an energetic exchange with their heroine that was, on more than one occasion, acknowledged by a grateful, “so pleased” Mary J. Blige. Read more…
We’ve been at Hip Hop Honors all day, checking out the show and watching hip-hop heavyweights rehearse. Watch Eve practice her moves during her Slick Rick tribute, and be sure to tune in Monday, October 6th at 10 p.m., when she’ll nail it.
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She used to be known as Eve of Destruction, but these days Eve’s in far chipper spirits. The former first lady of the Ruff Ryders is about to release her fourth album, Here I Am, which features Eve actually singing, plus the talents of Adam Levine, Shakira and Swizz Beatz, among many, many others. We can’t wait to see what the paw-printed princess has planned, but judging from “Tambourine” and the video for that song, we’re in for a Technicolor dream-world that’s rainbow colored, sexy and totally toned. Eve’s always been a force to be reckoned with. She’s a musician first, but also has had a fledgling clothing line (Fetish), a UPN sitcom (Eve) and numerous film appearances. She’s had her fair share of scandals, too: There was a sex-tape circulated around the Internet, and earlier this year, she was arrested for a DUI. While she was in prison, Sean Penn came to visit her, which sparked a flurry of rumors about their relationship, none of which appear to be true. What is true is that we can’t wait for Eve’s new album, and that she’s definitely a beauty. Check her out here, and don’t forget to tune in when she hosts the Vibe Awards on Wednesday, November 14. It’s going to be hottt.
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Poor Eve! Not only did she have to withstand public scrutiny following her DUI arrest in April (she calls the ordeal “disgusting”), but she also has to put up with an alcohol monitor around her ankle that she envisioned being the size of a beeper, but is more akin to Bose headphones. According to her, “It’s the most annoying thing.” Awwww! Too bad she didn’t get thrown in jail, because that would have been so much more pleasant. The legal system is just so hard on celebs!
Eve gets to remove her Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor in about a week (she wore it as part of her plea deal), but she had it around long enough to teach her something:
“I definitely learned my lesson. It was a stupid situation, stupid decision. I did something dumb and now I’m paying for it…Don’t drink and drive kids.“
At least she got to complain about it. That’s a sort of retribution, right? [People / Image credit: Getty]
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The hip hop starlet plead no contest to her DUI charge this week, which she received in April after crashing her Maserati on Hollywood Boulevard. Her blood alcohol level at the time was twice the legal limit – way past Paris’ .08. Unlike the heiress, Eve will be skipping the slammer and is instead rockin’ a stylish SCRAM ankle bracelet that tests for alcohol vapors released through the skin. It’s the same piece of police bling that Tracey Morgan is currently sporting. Eve will be SCRAM free after 45 days, but is under 36 months probation, must pay $1400 in fines and attend a first offender alcohol education program. With all these stars locked up and off the road, the streets might actually be safe for a few weeks.
Eve is the latest celeb suspected of driving under the influence after she crashed her gold Maserati into a divider on Hollywood Boulevard at 2:45 this morning. Gossip army TMZ responded with the same speed as the police, and were able to catch a crying Eve being loaded into a squad car as a male companion shouted at photographers. In an odd twist of events, Academy Award-winning actor and family man Sean Penn visited the Philly-bred rapper in the hours between her booking and release. Eve posted bail this morning and was picked up in yet another Maserati.
Why do you think Sean Penn was visiting Eve?