Female Artist Feature: Eve
Eve Jeffers is a powerful hip-hop figure that has shown the world what it means to succeed in more than one facet of the entertainment industry. A rapper, singer, actress, and fashionista, she is a great example of success in a business greatly dominated by male figures. Having spoken out on a host of issues affecting women, including her commentary on domestic violence in "Love Is Blind", Eve has shown young women what it means to be strong, sexy, and saavy.
November 10, 1978
Eve Jihan Jeffers was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The daughter of two working class parents who would eventually separate, she was raised by her mother and grandmother.
Attended Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, where she first developed her musical ability, singing in school choirs and the all female group DGP, Dope Girl Posse. She began to be known as Gangsta after working in the rap duo EDGP (pronounced Egypt). Performing around the city, playing local gigs at clubs and talent shows, she left EDGP and refined her rapping skills as a solo artist under the name Eve of Destruction. Her devotion would cost her academically. Barely graduating high school, she began to support herself working as a stripper in a Bronx club after she left her home when her mother remarried.
With the help of her friends, she managed to set up a meeting with Dr. Dre, who unexpectedly received her impromptu audition very well. Impressed by her talent, Dr. Dre called Eve back to record her demo tape. Within a week, she was in Los Angeles, working in studios and she signed a one-year contract under the name Eve of Destruction on the Dr.'s fledgling record label Aftermath. A song from her demo tape eventually made it onto the Bulworth soundtrack.
Eve played the role of Haruko in the film Orgazmo directed by Trey Parker.
Eve worked providing vocal backgrounds and support for the song "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New" from The Roots album Things Fall Apart. She was additionally featured alongside Erykah Badu for The Roots' song "You Got Me." The song would go on to win a Grammy in 2000, however Eve was not listed with Erykah Badu and The Roots for the win and her collaborative role would be overlooked. After her one-year contract with Aftermath ended, Eve signed with Ruff Ryder Records and was the first female artist to do so. She released her debut album Let There be Eve... Ruff Ryders' First Lady, which would skyrocket to the top of the Billboard charts.
She played herself in the documentary of hip-hop artists, Backstage, starring other big names, Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, and Ja Rule. Eve would also win a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.
Eve released her platinum album Scorpion. The second single off the album, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" featuring Gwen Stefani and produced by Dr. Dre won a Grammy for "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration," and her overall success was recognized when she won the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards.
The rapper would branch further into the acting sphere, playing roles in both XXX, as J.J. and Barbershop, as the sassy Terri Jones. In addition, she would add to her success with the release of her third album Eve-olution which would climb its way up to number six on the summer's Billboard 200 with the single "Satisfaction" featuring Alicia Keys, peaking at number two on the charts.
Eve starred and served as co-executive producer for her self-titled sitcom, Eve, on UPN.
Branching out to yet another industry, Eve launched her fashion line for women, Fetish.
Demonstrating her continued ability to succeed in Hollywood, Eve starred in Barbershop 2: Back in Business, The Woodsmen, and The Cookout, working beside Meagan Good and Queen Latifah for the latter.
Eve began a new project, what she intended to be her next released album, Here I Am. Collaborating with producers Swizz Beats, Timbaland, and Pharrell Williams, she created six tracks, including "Tambourine," "Give It To You" featuring Sean Paul, and "All Night Long" which would be positively rated by the hip-hop magazine, XXL. Despite this reception, the release date for Here I Am was continually pushed back due to alleged legal and internal issues at Interscope Records. Released online, the mixtape would continue to gain support from her fans; however, unfortunately, the project remains unfinished to this day. In the same year, Eve was arrested and charged with a DUI after a car accident on Hollywood Boulevard.
Due to the lack of popularity after its launch in 2003, Fetish was re-launched only to be met without further success.
Eve would go on to appear in the films Flashback of a Fool, Whip It!, Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair and guest star on the television show Glee.
Eve, having split from Interscope Records in 2010, remained independent, unsigned, and at work on her next album.
Eve continued to work with other celebrities and appeared in the Heart Truth fashion show at the 2011 New York Fashion Week.
Eve released the single "She Bad Bad" on iTunes in October. Later in the month, Eve realesed an official remix of "She Bad Bad" featuring Juicy J and Pusha T.
Eve's album Lip Lock is set to be released under Eve's own label FTR Music on May 14, and distributed through Sony/Red. In January, the video of her iTunes exclusive single,"She Bad Bad", was premiered via Vevo. The first official single from the album, "Make It Out This Town featuring Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship", was leaked in February.
Eve- Give It To You feat. Sean Paul
Eve- Love Is Blind
Ludacris- My Chick Bad (Remix) feat. Diamond, Trina & Eve
Real Talk- Eve Interview
Ruff Ryders- What Ya Want feat. Eve & Nokio
Eve - She Bad Bad