Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper better known by her stage name Eve, first entered the rap game in 1999, when she was just 21 years old.
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 China 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 international success. The second single, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (with Gwen Stefani) 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 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 total in the U.S.
In 2007, Eve began work on a new album titled Here I Am, but the project was delayed to September 11, 2007 and then October 16, but it was never released.
In June 2014, it was announced that Eve would make a guest appearance on the Oxygen docu-series Sisterhood of Hip Hop.
In April 2016, it was announced that Eve would join Gwen Stefani on her This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour.
Eve divides her time between London, Los Angeles and New York. She began dating British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper in 2010. They became engaged in 2013 and in 2014, Eve and Maximillion Cooper wed in Ibiza, Spain.
In 1999, a dispute between Eve and New York City-based rapper Foxy Brown, began to build up in the midst of Brown’s alleged affair with Eve’s former mentor DMX. Additional tensions surfaced when Eve “subliminally dissed” Foxy Brown and Lil’ Kim on her records “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” and “Double R What” where she criticized the two for having ghost-writers and further solidified that she “writes her own songs”. In December 2002, Foxy Brown responded to the disses via her unreleased record “Get Off Me”, in which she compared Eve to a yorkie terrier, dubbed her a “jealous bum bitch” and criticized her Alicia Keys-assisted single “Gangsta Lovin”.
In December 2002, during her interview with Miss Jones, Eve responded to Brown’s diss record (“Get Off Me”), stating that she was glad she could be “an inspiration” for Brown’s ghostwriter. Eve also revealed that she had known Brown since 1997 and dubbed her a “wankster” and a “miserable jealous bitch”. Eve lastly added, “Ain’t my fault [Foxy] been out since ’96 & her bank account look the same. Do you ma. You look weak. Do you.” In April 2003, during her interview with Wendy Williams, Foxy Brown revealed that she hated Eve and cited her as the prime reason why she broke up with Kurupt because Eve “snitched” about the alleged affair between her and DMX. Brown later made derogatory comments about Eve throughout the interview, calling the rapper a “poorly dressed nappy headed blond chick.
Despite all the drama, Eve released some hugely successful tracks over the years. Check out Eve featuring Alicia Keys with Gangsta Lovin’ below.