Eve Jihan Jeffers (born November 10, 1978), better known by her stage name, Eve, is an American Grammy Award winning rapper-songwriter, record producer and actress. Her first three albums have sold over 8 million copies worldwide. She has also achieved success in fashion with her clothing line, Fetish. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002 for the song "Let Me Blow Ya Mind", with Gwen Stefani. Eve was number 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" list.
As an actress, Eve is best known for her roles as Terri Jones in the films Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and as Shelley Williams on the UPN television sitcom Eve.
1998–1999: Ruff Ryders' First Lady
Eve first appeared on the Bulworth soundtrack as Eve of Destruction while signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. She did not receive much promotion with big releases soon coming from Dr. Dre, so she collaborated with DMX and the Ruff Ryders on her first single as a Ruff Ryder DJ Clue?'s The Professional, along with other Ruff Ryders' compilations. Her next single, "What Ya Want", featuring Nokio the N-Tity of Dru Hill, became a top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard 200 peaking at 29. Her 1999 debut, Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady, was an unprecedented success, making it 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).
The follow-up to Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Scorpion, was released in 2001. Its first single, "Who's That Girl" guaranteed the rapper first international success. The second single, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and produced by Dr. Dre co-written by then-boyfriend Stevie J.), became a pop success, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Eve eventually went platinum.
One of the record's strengths, cited in several reviews, was Eve's exploration of her singing voice in addition to her rapping skills. "I was a singer before I started rapping," Eve said in a Ruff Ryders press release, "so on this album I wanted my audience to hear more of my vocal skills".
Eve's third album, Eve-Olution, was released in summer 2002 (see 2002 in music) and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200. In the meantime, the album's first single, "Gangsta Lovin'", with Alicia Keys, became another number two hit. The second and final single, "Satisfaction", only saw moderate success again. Eve-Olution went gold selling 720,000 copies becoming Eve's lowest selling album to date. Eve also appeared on the remixed version of Michael Jackson's "Butterflies".
2005–2011: Guest singles
In 2005, the rapper appeared on Gwen Stefani's cover version of Louchie Lou & Michie One song "Rich Girl", which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in March. The same year, she appeared on the remix of Amerie's number one U.S. R&B hit, "1 Thing" the Hitch soundtrack. Eve also was featured in Keyshia Cole's song "Never" as on the Barbershop 2: Back in Business soundtrack and The Way It Is along with the official remix for Teairra Mari's second single, "No Daddy".
In 2007, she appeared on Kelly Rowland's single "Like This". The Punk Cabaret band One On None covered Eve's 1999 song "Love Is Blind". In July 2007, Eve made a guest appearance on Maroon 5's second single Wake Up Call on Live @ 45th at Night, it is unknown if this will be an official remix or if it will even be recorded. In late 2008, she sung the song "Set It On Fire", which was featured on the credits for the movie Transporter 3 and is available on the Transporter 3 soundtrack.
In late 2010, Eve wrote and performed a rap on Australian singer Guy Sebastian's single "Who's That Girl", which reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and has been certified 4x platinum sold.
In December 2010, Eve featured on an Alicia Keys track "Speechless", though the song will not be released as a single or part of an album, it did chart on the US R&B chart, making it Eve's first appearance as a featured artist on the Billboard Charts for quite some time. She will feature on Jill Scott's new song "Shame". In April 2011, Eve featured in Swizz Beatz's new song and video "Money in the Bank".
Eve is also featured in the remix of Ludacris's song "My Chick Bad". Diamond and Trina are also featured in that song.
2007–2013: Lip Lock
In 2007, Eve began work on a new album titled Here I Am. In May 2007, XXL magazine profiled six recorded tracks from Here I Am. Five of them were produced by Swizz Beatz, including singles "Tambourine" and "Give It To You" (featuring Sean Paul). Pharrell Williams produced "All Night Long". In contrast to most of the tracks, Eve sings rather than raps on "All Night Long". XXL published a review of the original Here I Am in July, rating it an L in its "shoe size" rating system ranging from S to XXL. However the album ran into a series of delays due to corporate change at the record label and discontent with the lackluster success of the first and second singles, "Tambourine", released in April 2007, and "Give It to You" (featuring Sean Paul), released later.
The project was delayed to September 11, 2007 and then October 16, but it was never released. Problems at her label, Interscope Records, were responsible for the multiple delays. Although, being renamed twice from "Here I Am" to "Flirt" to "Lip Lock". The album Lip Lock is set to be released within 2013. She has stated that the first single will come in the late spring. Eve stated that there will be several buzz singles before the official single and said the album will have 'hard street stuff', 'radio singles' and stuff to listen to 'when you're feeling down'. On October 9, 2012 Eve released the lead single "She Bad Bad" on iTunes and the video premiered on 8th January 2013 via Vevo.
Eve at a photoshoot in September 2011.
Eve appeared in xXx with Vin Diesel, both Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business with Ice Cube, The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Meagan Good, and The Woodsman with Kevin Bacon in mid 2004. She voiced Major Jones in the video game XIII, as well as one of the villains of the short-lived show Spider-Man Animated Series on MTV. She also featured in the 2008 British movie Flashbacks of a Fool alongside Daniel Craig.
In 2003, Eve starred in the UPN television sitcom, Eve, as a fashion designer named Shelly. The show lasted three seasons until it was cancelled in May 2006. Eve guest starred as Yvette Powell on an episode of Third Watch. She also was a guest star on an episode of Numb3rs in 2009.
In 2009, she had a role in the film Whip It as Rosa Sparks, opposite Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore.
Eve guest starred on two episodes of Glee, appearing as rival glee club coach Grace Hitchens.
In 2010, Eve appeared as Latisha, a supporting role, in Noel Clarke's film 188.8.131.52.
In 2012, Eve, Dr. Dre, Mike Lynn and Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Interscope Records, and Truth Hurts were accused of stealing songs from Gregory Hutchinson p/k/a Cold 187um of Above The Law. The plaintiffs claim the 1999 song "Love is Blind" was stripped of some of its original components and presented as their own work.
Awards and nominations
- NAACP Image Awards
- 2000, Outstanding New Artist (Winner)
- Black Reel Awards
- 2005, Best Actress (Independent): The Woodsman (Winner)
- Grammy Awards
- Lady of Soul Awards
- 2000, Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: "Gotta Man" (Nominated)
- 2000, Best R&B/Soul Female Solo Album of the Year: Let There Be Eve (Winner)** 2000, Best Music Video: "Love Is Blind" (Nominated)
- 2001, Best Music Video: "Who's That Girl" (Nominated)
- MTV Movie Awards
- 2003, Best Female Breakthrough Performance: Barbershop (Nominated)
- MTV Video Music Awards
- Soul Train Awards
- 2000, Best New R&B/Soul or Rap Artist: "Gotta Man" (Nominated)