The return of Philadelphia’s Hip Hop Queen, Eve, as she embarks on a list of new musical and television projects.
Philadelphia has a proud and solid history where its female rappers are concerned. Certainly, there is Tierra Whack, Bri Steves and Lee Mazin in the present. With the likes of Ivy Sole, Santigold and Amanda Blank in the middle. Blank has new music coming imminently. And Charlie Baltimore, Ms. Jade, Lady B, Bahamadia and the late, great Chyna Rodgers pulling up the past with great relevancy in the currency of the hip hop dialogue. When it comes to currency, and I mean cold hard cash and top sales, no one has, yet, to have come close to Eve, who today follows up her “Queens” series news with some Verzuz glee.
Famed as the Ruff Ryders’ First Lady (a title which made her Instagram eulogy for fallen brother DMX so poignant), Eve dropped four studio albums, Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryders’ First Lady (1999), Scorpion (2001), Eve-Olution (2002), and Lip Lock (2013) in fast and furious succession. Along with crossover hit singles such as “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (featuring Gwen Stefani), “Who’s That Girl”, “Gangsta Lovin'” (with Alicia Keys) and “Tambourine.” Along with being known as one of the co-hosts of the weird, daytime television talk show The Talk, she has received her roses, repeatedly, as an actress in Ice Cube comedy flicks such as Barbershop, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and Barbershop: The Next Cut, as well as on series TV with her UPN television sitcom Eve.
Though it was around 2010 that Eve pulled back a bit from the grind of the hip hop mill, she lives in London, Los Angeles and New York, got married, got a life… She not only dropped a single in 2019, “Reload”, Eve celebrated the 20th-anniversary re-release of her platinum-plated album Scorpion with four new remixes in March of this year.
With that, 2021 seems to be the Year of Eve. Right after she dropped Scorpion 2.0, it got announced that Eve not only joined the cast of the ABC network’s dramedy music series “Queens”, alongside Naturi Naughton and Brandy, but Eve was writing all of its songs, based on the notion that she had already been in the studio working on new music.
On June 10, another gig just got added to Eve’s fresh pile of work, as she and Trina are set for a Verzuz Instagram Live/Thriller showdown on June 16, with Soulja Boy and Bow Wow’s Verzuz following the ladies on June 26. And everybody knows that once you do a Verzuz, your catalog streaming sales go up and through the roof.