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.

By Tom Sinclair
Updated September 20, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.