Through some of her friends, Eve scored a meeting with Dr. Dre in Los Angeles, and surprised him by turning it into an audition. Dre liked what he heard and signed her to a one-year deal with his new label, Aftermath. Eve recorded a few tracks, including one, 'Eve of Destruction', that ended up on the Bulworth soundtrack in 1998. However, Aftermath was searching for a direction at the time, and Eve wound up lost in the shuffle. Her contract expired without an album even in the works, but fortunately, she'd met DMX when the rising new star was in Los Angeles promoting his smash debut, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot. Eve passed a battle-rap audition to join DMX's Ruff Ryders posse, and in 1999 she contributed to their label's Ryde or Die, Vol. 1 compilation. Thanks to DMX's star power, it entered the charts at number one, and Eve's track, 'What Ya Want', was released as a single. It hit the R&B Top Ten, and Eve built more anticipation for her debut album with high-profile guest spots on The Roots' 'You Got Me' and the Blackstreet/Janet Jackson duet 'Girlfriend/Boyfriend'.
Eve's first full-length was titled Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders First Lady and released in September 1999. With Ruff Ryders the biggest name in rap, the album was an instant smash; it entered the charts at number one - the first time a female rapper had ever accomplished that feat - and went on to sell over two-million copies. Eve also scored hits with the R&B Top Ten 'Gotta Man' and the anti-domestic violence track 'Love Is Blind', and guested on Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott's hit 'Hot Boyz'. After touring in support of the record, Eve returned to the studio and delivered her follow-up, Scorpion, in early 2001. The album received strong reviews and topped the R&B charts, while debuting at number four on the pop side. Lead single 'Who's That Girl?' had some chart success, but it was the follow-up, a duet with No Doubt's Gwen Stefani called 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind', that really broke Eve on the pop charts. The song rocketed to number two and went on to win a Grammy in the newly created category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration; it also helped Scorpion go platinum.
Eve next set about establishing a movie career; she made her box-office debut in the Vin Diesel action blockbuster XXX, which was released in the summer of 2002. Not long after, she was also seen in a prominent supporting role in the Ice Cube comedy Barbershop. Amid all this activity, Eve released her third album, Eve-Olution, in August 2002. It debuted in the Top Ten and found Eve returning to the soul singing of her youth on a surprising number of tracks. The single 'Gangsta Lovin'', which featured guest vocals from Alicia Keys, was a number two smash on both the pop and R&B charts, and the follow-up 'Satisfaction' was nominated for a Grammy.
In early 2003, Eve signed with the UPN network to produce and star in a multiracial sitcom about a fashion designer, and she continued acting in movies, with roles in Barbershop 2, The Cookout, and The Woodsman. A full return to music was attempted in 2007 with Here I Am, an album featuring productions from Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, and Pharrell, but after a couple singles were serviced to radio, the album was shelved by Eve's label Interscope. A starring role in the film Whip It and a recurring character on the television show Glee kept her busy until 2013 when Lip Lock landed. The album featured guest shots from Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, and Juicy J, and was released by Eve's label, From the Rib.
Words: Steve Huey
When Eve debuted in 1999, she surprised many as one of the few female rappers capable of attaining both popularity and respect without having to take on a sleazy role or sacrifice any of her muscle. In fact, her muscle seemed to be what impressed the rap community most. If anything, Eve brings even more muscle to her follow-up album, Scorpion. Her rhymes flow just as smoothly here as they did on her debut, and she sounds even more confident than before. Given her ensemble cast of producers and guest rappers, she probably should sound confident. When you have Swizz Beatz and Dr. Dre handling the better part of your album, along with a few other tracks handled by Ruff Ryder producers Teflon and DJ Shok, there isn't need to worry -- you know the beats are going to be cutting-edge. In terms of guests, the Ruff Ryders (DMX, Drag-On, and LOX) make their expected cameos. On paper, everything looks great -- more muscle, top producers, and top rappers. And the results are just that: great. A few songs really stand out here: the lead-off single "Who's That Girl?," a Teflon track with a quick tempo and an extremely catchy chorus; "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," a Dr. Dre/Scott Storch track with an unmistakable 2001 sound and a smooth R&B chorus featuring Gwen Stefani on backup vocals; and "Life Is Hard," a unique soulful moment late in the album with Teena Marie contributing a diva chorus and Eve dropping some heartfelt lyrics. At 16 tracks, this album doesn't overreach and really doesn't have too many surprises. There are a few flawed moments where the choruses aren't as catchy as they intend to be, but for the most part Eve plays it safe. If you liked her first album, you'll like this one even better.
Words: Jason Birchmeier
The full title of Eve's full-length debut is Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady for a reason. The Philadelphia rapper sets out to prove she's earned her place in the Ruff Ryders crew, matching rhymes, raunch, and rounds with the hardest hardass. Minimal beats laced with synthesized strings and keyboards back traditional hip-hop brag fests like "Let's Talk About." Eve shows up guests Drag-on, DMX, and others with boasts of sexual prowess, withering insults to inadequately endowed brothers, and violent sister-centered anthems like "My Bitches." A few short skits offer snapshots of Eve's beloved hometown. The irresistible party anthem "We on That Shit!," reminiscent of Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage," chronicles a night of clubbing and rounds out the street picture. "Ain't Got No Dough," a fabulous collaboration with Missy Elliott, is a fiery bridge between street-centered raps and the more interesting tracks. Purring and pissed, it's an edgier alternative to TLC's hit "No Scrubs." Eve's conviction and passion make her noticeable no matter what the subject, but she truly stands out when the stories become personal, examining the cost of the hard life she champions in other songs. "Love Is Blind" is a painful look at domestic violence. Self-respect and positivity are the moral of "Heaven Only Knows." Both tracks are backed by beautiful arrangements with acoustic guitar and lush vocals. Eve maintains her hardcore image in these tracks, but with a subtle vulnerability that promise lots of interesting things to come from this Philly prodigy.
Words: Theresa E. LaVeck
Having proved herself with 2001's rough and tough Scorpion, Eve changed direction slightly for Eve-Olution. The focus here is less hip-hop and more contemporary R&B, with fewer rappers invited as guests -- they appear on only two tracks, "Hey Y'All" features Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg and the Scorpion sequel "Double R What" features Jadakiss and Styles.
Words: John Bush
A compilation of no less than 60 of the greatest Hip Hop classic tracks from the very best artists to ever hit the airwaves. Released in 2013.
R&B Club Classics is 3 CDs of the biggest and best R&B hits from the late 90's to the early 00's. With the biggest names and their biggest tracks including Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Nelly, Jay-Z, T.I, 112, Notorious BIG, P.Diddy and loads more this is the ultimate R&B club roundup album. R&B was at its very best back late 90's and early 00's and this album is a celebration of the greatest party hits from that era. With never cleared before tracks from Truth Hurts and The Black Eyed Peas as well chart toppers and hard to find remixes this is the ultimate R&B album for music lovers. Includes tracks by, 112 ft The Notorious Big And Mase, 3lw ft Mario Winans And Loon , 50 Cent ft Mobb Deep, Akon, Atl , Black Eyed Peas , Blackstreet ft Dr Dre , Bobby V, Camron ft Julez Santana, Chante Moore , Dante Thomas, Eve ft Alicia Keys, Fabolous ft Tamia, Foxy Brown ft Jay Z, Freeway ft Mariah Carey And Jay Z , G-Unit, Ja Rule ft Christina Milian, Jadakiss ft Mariah Carey, Jagged Edge ft Run Of Run Dmc, Jennifer Lopez, Jermaine Dupri ft Jay Z, Keyshia Cole ft Amina, Lil Kim, LL Cool J, Lloyd Banks, Ludacris ft Shawanna, Lumidee, Mariah Carey, Megan Rochell ft Fabolous , Montell Jordan , Mya , Nas ft Ginuwine, Ne yo, Nelly ft Fx Short, Next , Nina Sky, Nivia ft Brian And Brandon Casey , Rick Ross, Santana ft The Product, Shaggy ft Brian And Tony Gold, Sisquo, Teairra Mari , Terror Squad, The Game ft Junior Reid, The Pussycat Dolls ft Busta Rhymes, Tony Yayo ft 50 Cent, Truth Hurts ft Rakim.