Dare to be Eve
From XXX beefcake Vin Diesel to eating iffy meat, EVE will chew the fat about almost anything--just don't ask her about getting naked.
The third time is supposed to be the charm, but rap diva Eve (nee Eve Jihan Jeffers) might beg to differ. Although the 23-year-old star just dropped her third album, Eve-olution, she seems to have been on the fully charmed tip from Jump Street. Her 1999 debut, Let There Be…Eve: Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, went multiplatinum, no sweat. The follow-up, 2001’s Scorpion, increased her visibility, snagging a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album last year. Although it didn’t win, Eve still took home a Grammy — her first — for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her Dr. Dre-produced duet with Gwen Stefani, ”Let Me Blow Ya Mind.” She’s also making inroads in Hollywood, with a role in the Vin Diesel-driven summer blockbuster XXX and a turn as a tonsorial artiste in the just-released Ice Cube comedy Barbershop. And with ”Gangsta Lovin’,” her current collabo with Alicia Keys, already flying up the charts, this red-hot ex-stripper seems primed to blow our minds yet again.
LISTEN2THIS Your new album is called Eve-olution. How have you evolved since your last album?
EVE Just in so many ways, from doing music, movies, to becoming a businesswoman with my own clothing line, which will be in stores in spring 2003. It’s called Fetish. It’s strictly for women. It’ll be sexy and seductive, but classy — not vulgar. Real feminine. I’ve also evolved as a person, mentally and spiritually. I think I’ve gotten closer to God. It’s like a whole package. I’ve definitely grown. My ear for music has grown — you can hear it on the new album, both lyrically and musically. It’s a little different from the first and second albums. I think it’s more melodic.
L2T Your new single with Alicia Keys is called ”Gangsta Lovin’.” How is ”gangsta lovin”’ different from, say, ”file-clerk lovin”’?
EVE [Laughs] Gangsta is just slang that we use for something that’s good, or something we love or something that’s hot — ”Oh, that’s gangsta.” So, it’s like good loving, great loving, that’s gangsta love. I don’t know what the difference would be. I guess if the loving’s good, it still would be gangsta, even if the guy is a file clerk.
L2T You’re from Philly, birthplace of that great mystery meat, scrapple. Do you ever eat scrapple for breakfast?
EVE I used to eat it a lot. My grandmother used to make it for me. I couldn’t eat it now. I haven’t had scrapple since I was in grade school, probably. But I used to love it.
L2T You’re 23 now — where do you see yourself at 46?
EVE Wow. I see myself definitely successful in whatever it is I’m doing. There are so many ideas in my head. But I definitely see myself being successful and well-off, and married with children. Probably with some grandkids by then — or maybe not, the way the world is right now.
L2T Your rider for photo shoots stipulates that you have a live DJ in the room. What’s up with that?
EVE It’s just nice to have that vibe there. That’s only been done once, by the way. But it helps a lot. It keeps it live.