Mic Tee of BestFan.com interviews Philly rapper and actress Eve. Eve has released her first album ‘Lip Lock’ on May 14th, her first project release since ‘Eve-Olution’ in 2004. She has since moved labels, got a new boyfriend and moved to London, England.
‘Lip Lock’ is an amalgamation of the Eve we first fell in love with as the First Lady of the Ruff Ryders and her new more pop-friendly sound. The album starts off with the three tracks she put out to the public. ‘Eve’ a gangster anthem that features reggae artist Miss Kitty (second single), ‘She Bad Bad’ an addictive hard beat with 90s Eve all over it, and finally ‘Make it Out This Town’ featuring Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship (first single). The rest of the album begins to mix these three sounds to make what seems like original E-V-E with a hint of pop; just enough to be radio-friendly and not too much that it becomes sell-out music.
Fans have been waiting for this album since 2007 and we were able to sit down and speak with her about her new sound and her return to music on Monday, the day before her album release.
MT: First off, I just want to thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. I’m a huge fan. I love your work and have been following your work ever since I was younger so thank you for speaking to me it’s a huge honor.
EVE: Aw, thank you so much.
MT: Congratulations on the come-back. It’s been a long time coming with this new album coming out tomorrow. How’s it feel to be back?
EVE: It feels amazing. Honestly, I’m just getting back into things but it’s been really good. You know, the fans have been very supportive and a lot of great things have been happening. It’s just been good, I’m very happy.
MT: There have been some rumours about a possible Ruff Ryders reunion. Can you speak a little on that? Can we expect the old crew to come back together?
EVE: That’s something we’ve all talked about. There aren’t any dates or plans set yet but it’s definitely something that we have talked about before.
MT: How is your relationship with Swizz, X, The Lox?
EVE: Yeah, I talk to Swizz every so often, not always, but I mean I’ll call him and he’ll text me about some things and whatever at some point. As far as all the artists, unfortunately we don’t speak as much as we used to. But it’s all love. If any of us needed each other, if any of them picked up the phone and hit me up I’d definitely be right there and I think vice versa. At the end of it all we all definitely have love for each other.
MT: Coming back to your album ‘Lip Lock,’ your first single ‘Make It Out This Town’ is out now featuring Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship a little bit of a different collaboration from your past work. Can you speak a little on how this relationship began and how the process of creating this song was with Gabe?
EVE: Yeah, I met Gabe about a year ago and we actually got a chance to just hang out and just talk. Just as a person, he’s just a really cool person and I think he’s really talented. I knew it was going to be a different kind of collaboration especially with the type of music he does but I knew as the person he is he’d be into the subject of the song. I don’t know, as a great person and good guy I thought why not? Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get in the studio together but when I sent him the song he got it right back to me as soon as he finished which was great.
MT: There was word that there is one track on the album from the original track listing that made it on the final cut. Which track was it?
EVE: Forgive me was the original track that I kept.
MT: Your second single ‘Eve’ featuring Miss Kitty just came out with a video which was shot in London. Can you speak on the inspiration behind this video?
EVE: Yeah, I decided to shoot the video in London just to show the other side of my life. Where we shot was actually one of my favorite neighbourhoods in London called Shoreditch in East London. I just wanted a video more held back, I was just really showing me; just walking around and kind of simple you know? The song itself, I love the song, it’s one of my favorite songs on the album. I think it’s aggressive, it’s in your face and obviously Kitty is on it and she just brings it home you know? I love it. I don’t know, it’s the right energy. Its how I feel. It’s high energy. I don’t know, if there’s any song on the album that represents me for real, that incorporates everything, that’s the song.
MT: Being one of the pioneers of female MCing and with so many female MCs on the come up now what are your thoughts on all these new acts? Do you have any favorites?
EVE: Ummm, I don’t know. I mean I think there are a lot of females coming up. We still need more in my opinion but there’s a new female on my album named Nacho who I think is so dope. I can’t wait for everybody to hear her and hear more stuff from her. But I think Azalea is dope. Nicki’s dope. I don’t know, there are a lot of dope girls out there right now.
MT: Have any of these artists reached out to you at all?
EVE: No, I haven’t talked to anyone. Not really.
MT: How’s your relationship with Missy?
EVE: It’s great. She’s good people. Missy’s always been really dope and supportive. She calls me and asks me for some things and I’d call her for some things there’s never any issues. It’s all love with Missy.
MT: With the album dropping this week can we expect some tour dates dropping in the near future?
EVE: Yeah, I’m sure we’ll be touring after this album drops. I can’t wait to tour again.
MT: Any last words for your fans on BestFan?
EVE: Yeah man, thank you so much. Thanks for all your support. And I hope ya’ll love the album as much as I do!
MT: Thank you so much Eve for taking the time to talk to me and good luck with everything!
EVE: You’re welcome. Thank you so much. Buh-Bye!