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There's something about being the first lady of any rap group but the Ruff Ryders are a different kind of caliber. Eve is the only woman I know as the perfect fit with the Philly based Ruff Ryders. With her flamin' hot hair and lyrics, Billboard charting singles, Grammy award-winning, and even successful acting career, Eve is a #GlazedGirl by definition. Beginning her career in the late 90s, Eve actually began her musical journey young. She sang in choirs as a child and even performed in girl groups. Growing in a rough area of Philadelphia, Eve began stripping to make a better life for herself. Convinced by rapper Mase to quit that lifestyle, Eve continued her passion of rapping being featured on the Bulworth soundtrack as Eve of Destruction while signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.
Not being a priority at Aftermath made her transition into collaborating with DMX and the Ruff Ryders on her first single as a Ruff Ryder. Being the first lady of Ruff Ryder's Eve constantly was in the studio and practicing battle rap against the stacked roster that the Ryders had. Her single, "What Ya Want", featuring Nokio the N-Tity of Dru Hill, became a top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 peaking at 29. Her very first album, Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady, was released in 1999 and was the third album by a female rap artist to top the Billboard 200, behind Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) and Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll (1999). Two singles were released from the album: "Gotta Man" and "Love Is Blind" featuring Faith Evans. In November 1999, Eve featured on Missy Elliott's single "Hot Boyz (Remix)."
Eve's second album, Scorpion, is her most acclaimed piece of work. Single, "Let Me Blow Your Mind," featuring Gwen Stafani even won a Grammy! The album also came with the track, "Who's That Girl?" These two songs are apart of a playlist to the early 2000s. Eve is also my mother's favorite female rapper. I have a lot of memories of making mixed CDs for her and she always wanted an Eve song featured on it. The reasoning my mom has for placing Eve above all is, "...her class. She knows the right words to say and she has stage presence too." When telling my mother about starting this website up, she immediately told me to make sure Eve was apart of the site. After adding to the soundtrack of my childhood with her sophomore album, Eve went on to have her own self titled TV show on UPN. With the success of the show, she went on to act in XXX with Vin Diesel, playing a recurring role in The Barbershop movies, guest starring on Glee, and more recently being a co-host on CBS' The Talk!
After the success of Scorpion, Eve collaborated with a number of other women in music like Tierra Marie, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, and many others. In 2007, Eve released Here I Am which features the single "Tamborine" featuring Swizz Beats. The album was pushed back a number of times due to issues at her label. Eve continued grinding and releasing music up until a couple of years ago. The first lady of the Ruff Ryders really does get overlooked for all the hits she's made but keep reading to see the faves from this #GlazedGirl.
MY FAVORITE THINGS FROM EVE!
FAVORITE SONG: "Who's That Girl?"
FAVORITE FEATURE VERSE: "Like This" - Kelly Rowland
FAVORITE EPISODES OF EVE: Seasons 1-3
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"