Eve Talks Interracial Relationship, New Album, & Female Rap

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Eve took over the radio airwaves when she stopped by Angie Martinez’ show on Hot 97 on Wednesday. The Philly rapper, who now lives in London, opened up about her interracial relationship with British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper, who she’s been dating for about three years. She also cringed while discussing her ex-boyfriend Stevie J of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” (“That was my first love”), the state of female rap, and her oft-delayed album Lip Lock, due in April. Get up to speed with E-V-E.

On dating a white guy: “For me, it’s weird that I’m with a white dude. Trust me. I look at him sometimes and I’m like, ‘You are so white.’ I’m the first black girl he’s ever been with, so we are learning. … I don’t let him dance. I tell him, look like a pimp, I will dance around you. He can do a lot of things, but he can’t dance.”

On those who criticize her relationship: “I need them to stop. What year is it? … I love black men. It just so happens my heart went this way right now. Who knows? I’m happy.”

On what her boyfriend thinks of her music: “He thinks it’s all cute, which also annoys me. He’s like, ‘Look how cute you are.’ I’m like, ‘No, I was hard.’ He’s real proud. I’ve never been with somebody who’s so supportive in my life.”

On her ex-boyfriend Stevie J and his VH1 show: “I have not watched it. What can I say? I was young and dumb. [My mom] texted me and was like, ‘You dodged a bullet with that one.’”

On her upcoming album Lip Lock: “It was important for me to do this record for people that love me in the beginning. I think I took lyrically what people fell in love with me with Ruff Ryders and brought it to where I am now musically. I think when people hear it, they’re gonna be like, ‘Yo, that’s my girl.’ That’s what I really wanted.”

On female rap: “I think Nicki is doing her thing. You can’t be mad at her. A lot of people wanna be, but you can’t be. I think Azealia Banks is doing her thing. There’s a lot of dope chicks that are bubbling, but I don’t know why they can’t surface to the top.”



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55 Comments

  1. Realistically

    I’ll tell you why these other female rappers won’t surface to the top. Because they’re BORING AS F*CK!

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    BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!! Reply:

    @Realistically, Tell us why Nicki flopped?

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!!, Tell me why Azealia Flanks EP never charted, Iggy’s EP never moved digits, and Lil Kim’s EP haven’t even been released, LMFAOOOOO

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    NavyGirl Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, A. Banks EP was #1 on the EP chart and Nicki is working on her music it takes time you got to put it out when its right so bye hater

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    SdotB Reply:

    @NavyGirl, u mean Kim is working on music**

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    BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!! Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, I DONT CARE ABOUT IGGY, AZEALIA OR KIM IM NOT A STAN OF THEM. BUT TELL ME WHY NICKI FLOPPED? HER FLOP ISNT THEIR FLOP AND THEIR FLOP ISNT HERS. SO WHY DID NICKI FLOP? EXPLAIIIIIIIIN?????

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    Queen Kimmy Blanco Reply:

    @BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!!, People asking why she flopped? What did she flop? A Re-release? which is an extension of one album basically? For those who are slow, it’s to boost more sails for her 2nd album… Another thing, sales was never her intention she said this is just to hold off her fans until her 3rd album. Do your research hunny! I see Imma have to take some people’s hiphop cards.

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    SdotB Reply:

    it’s ironic that u defending this chick Nicki with a screename like that…

    ,. Reply:

    SdotB you need to understand that not everyone is running with this beef sh-t,there are fans out there who is a fan og Kim and nicki.

    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL Reply:

    @Queen Kimmy Blanco, boost a second album that still flopped and milking the name of her first album> b!tch bye!

  2. #teamminaj

    thank you eve love ya

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  3. BEDSTUYFLY

    EVE ALWAYS KEEPS IT REAL

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  4. T

    They’re not surfacing to the top because you have to be more than just a female rapper today to succeed.

    The way Nicki rose from underground to relevance is actually amazing. They should study that.

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    BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!! Reply:

    @T, Its all about who u know in the music business. Its not soley on one thing. You have to network with people that are grinding. Nicki did that. She got with Wayne and she started hopping on features with rappers who had a big buzz at the time. That’s another factor people are not considering. It’s not just all about looks and personality. There’s other factors to being an artist too.

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    Realistically Reply:

    @T, Nicki didn’t become more than just a female rapper until AFTER she reached mainstream. She rose to fame because of fivefour1) Her talent. Girl’s got bars, punchlines, and dramatic flair. And her beat selection was good.
    2) Her work ethic. She was putting out music like it wasn’t nothing.
    3) Her image. She played up the “black barbie” thing really well.
    4) Her co-sign. Lil’ Wayne was the hottest rapper at the time.

    These underground rappers are either boring to listen to, boring to look at, or only release music once every four months. And that’s why they will stay underground. Nicki Minaj is the Harriet Tubman of female rap, trying to lead these chickens to freedom, and they don’t want to study her path and learn from it. As much as I think she’s coon-ish, she is a smart businesswoman. And the industry is just that: 90% business, 10% talent.

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    Realistically Reply:

    @Realistically, “She rose to fame because of *four things”

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    Truth Reply:

    @T, Honestly Nicki wouldnt be popping right now if it wasnt for Young Money/Cash Money. No other label would be puting the groundwork, budgets for videos like Nicki is getting now. Birdman is investing a lot of money into Nicki’s brand him Slim and Wayne are the major reasons why Nicki is even able to release all this stuff. Female Rappers arent popping right now because many labels dont want to invest the money into them, they think its too risky. Nicki was lucky enough to get herself into a situation with Birdman and Wayne the timing was right. I dont think if Nicki signed with any other label she would be as big as she is now honestly.

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    ,. Reply:

    @Truth, you have some valid points,but the thing is Nicki is a work horse,she put in most of the ground work she is a business woman.and she have a crazy drive,she took that mentality from underground and she didn’t let up she just keep putting in work.

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    lakeshore Reply:

    @Truth, you and @Realistically made the most valid points, nicki got hot real fast especially for a female rap artist The talent was already there, (i first heard her spit in 07-08) but it was her association with Wayne (during his Carter 3 era)which got people to look twice at her, add the fact that she had lyrical ability of Eve, personality of missy elliot, and she embodied the barbie persona that lil kim first put out. plus all the features with Gucci mane, ludacris, trina, the “bedrock” single, Kanye’s “monster”.

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  5. TeamMinajYAY_

    That’s love right there, finally a female rapper that shows props where its due. why hate?

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    BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!! Reply:

    @TeamMinajYAY_, Missy has shown love to Minaj. Eve has shown love to Minaj too. MC LYTE has given props to Minaj. WHY WHY WHY is that you all and Nicki herself can NEVER SEEM TO NOTICE WHEN SOMEBODY IS GIVING PROPS???? MAYBE its because you all focus on the wrong things. Nicki gets props all the time so it isnt a “FINALLY”… wake up…. Maybe Nicki and her fans are just exaggerate way too much about the hate that you all cant see when somebody has given you props time and time again.

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!!, Nicki knows when she speaks about female rappers it’s never to the ones that gave her props it’s to all those that discredit her. Ya’ll act like ya don’t be seeing or hearing it. A lot of chicks came at her numerous times Khia, Azalea Flanks, Bambi (some carribean chick), Babs, some dyke looking chick, keys, some other unknown chick. That’s why when she said when she put out songs we know who what line is directed at but then you guys think that she’s going at ya’ll faves. Which doesn’t even be true.

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    BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!! Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, STOP IT JUST STOP IT!!! LIKE EVERY RAPPER HAS HATERS… THERE’S NOT ONE FEMALE OR MALE RAPPER THAT HAS COME ALONG THAT DIDNT HAVE SOME HATE SO STOP ALL THIS WHINING AND COMPLAINING!!! KHIA GOES AT EVERYBODY NOT JUST NICKI. AZEALIA BEEFS WITH EVERYBODY NOT JUST NICKI. AND NOBODY EVEN GIVES A DAMN BOUT THAT BAMBI CHICK. BABS SAID NOTHING ABOUT NICKI. AND KEYS CHALLENGED HER… NOBODY THROWS A PITY PARTY FOR ANYBODY ELSE IN HIP HOP WHEN THEY HAVE HATERS BUT WHEN ITS NICKI YALL WANT TO CRY ABOUT IT. SHE GOT HER HATERS JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. STOP EXAGGERATING!!!

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    mc20012003 Reply:

    @BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!!, I like you. Make these Barbs face the music.. They are always running from the truth.. Like Lil Kim said “Dont take your foot off they neck” Lol.

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    NavyGirl Reply:

    @TeamMinajYAY_, lol people have gave nicki her props even Kim did too Nicki just see it as a hating way so shut cause nicki never gives props

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    BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!! Reply:

    @NavyGirl, EXAACTLY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVING NICKI HER PROPS FOR THE LONGEST AND THESE DUMB ASS BARBZ AND NICKI HERSELF ARE TOO BLIND TO NOTICE WHEN SOMEONE IS GIVING A COMPLIMENT. ITS LIKE ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE AND COMPETE ALL THE TIME. HECK NICKI DOES HERSELF IS FOCUS ON WHO DOESNT LIKE HER. 95% OF HER BARS ARE ABOUT HOW SHE IS ON TOP AND THE REST OF THE GIRLS ARE INADEQUATE. THEN SHE WONDERS WHY SOME MAY FEEL LIKE THEY SHOULD CHALLENGE HER. NICKI SENDS AN OPEN INVITATION FOR BATTLE IF YOU ASK ME AND WHEN IT’S COMING HER DIRECTION SHE PLAYS THE VICTIM. BUT ASIDE FROM THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SHOW HER LOVE INCLUDING FEMALE EMCEES WHO HAVE SHOUTED HER OUT AND NEITHER HER OR HER FANS SEEM TO EVER RECOGNIZE IT. IF U ASK ME NICKI AND HER FANS LOVE TO COMPETE AND FIGHT WITH PEOPLE. IT GIVES THEM A THRILL.

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    NavyGirl Reply:

    @BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!!, yes and iam getting tired of that shit all nicki do is say i dont never get props lol she is a big ass lie

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    opd2 Reply:

    @NavyGirl,kim can’t even take her own foot off her own neck,much less to put in on someone else,s,the convo was running so good but one off you @ss holes like you self had to f-ck it up.

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  6. attaboy

    Eve was a stripper … she got in with plenty white boys before… thats nothing new. It’s the color of his paper she loves… real rap

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  7. LOL

    biggest fuckin chin and underbit makes her look ugly especially in that angle

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  8. attaboy

    Eve is done

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @attaboy, LMFAOOOOOOO

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  9. NavyGirl

    and Eve also said that no female rapper today is speaking for the female rap gang Rap-up why yall leave that out lol even tho its nothing bad but anyway can yall leave Kim name out of yall month this is about Eve not Kim but Kim stay in yall month and thats the shit that start shit

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  10. AllAmerykhanBoy

    Eve the reason why they can’t surface is because they are not buzzing. They’re whack. They do not have the growth mindset. All these chicks are on that fixed mindset. It’s 2012 nobody tryna be on thug/hood status no more.

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    Realistically Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, Exactly.

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    BARBZ NICKI FLOPPED JUST DEAL WITH IT!!! Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy,WHAT NEW FEMALE RAPPER IS ON THAT THUG SHIT ALL OF THEM ARE ALOT LESS HOOD THAN THE RAPPERS THAT PAVED THE WAY FOR THEM….

    IF U THINK IGGY OR AZEALIA IS A THUG U NEED TO VISIT YOUR LOCAL HOOD…. SIGHS POOR BARBZ

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    NavyGirl Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, honey AZEALIA is buzzin she get a lot of shit that she do its just Iggy and nicki only got hits when its a pop song so what are you saying if it was not for Wayne putting nicki in all his shit she would not even be big and if it was not for her ass and all the other shit she got done and if she didnt not act crazy yall would not even care for her

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    Diar7 Reply:

    @NavyGirl, Girl, you need to calm down. How is Nicki famous only for pop songs? Do some research. Super Bass has almost 300 million views on YouTube and it’s 4x Platinum in the USA. Super Bass is hip hop. She has other rap songs other than that, it’s just that pop sells better.

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  11. Realistically

    Let’s see … here are all the boring female rappers out now that are “buzzing” but will never reach mainstream:

    1. Azealia Banks – she’s weird and talented, but she’s borderline ugly and her beats such. All of her ish sounds the same.
    2. Iggy Azalea – she’s wack and fake.
    3. Brianna Perry – she sounds like a dude and she’s too “hood.”
    4. Lola Monroe – she can’t rap worth squat. Tries to be a “gangster”, girl go sit down and put some chapstick on.
    5. Rapsody – she’s the most talented, but she’s not cute and she has a lisp.
    6. Nitty Scott – she’s the prettiest but she’s stuck in the 90s and her raps are boring.
    7. Precious Paris – she’s too hood. Boring. Wack. Eh.
    8. Kreayshawn – do we even need to say anything …
    9. Rye Rye – she’s ugly.
    10. Nyemiah Supreme – eh.

    Who else?

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    Realistically Reply:

    @Realistically, Oh yeah. Honey Cocaine. Her teeth are jacked and she’s hard to listen to.

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    soupdawoop Reply:

    @Realistically, I don’t understand why people are focusing on their looks it should be their talent but we live in a superficial world

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  12. Steve A

    Bangin personality!

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  13. Kyle

    The new generation is sooooo one track minded and only think there’s room for one female rapper but please, broaden your horizons and expand your tastes. There is so much more out there and everyone deserves a chance. I’m glad Eve is sticking up for female rappers and not slamming anyone. I had NO IDEA she was in a interracial relationship for three years!? Where have I been??? Good for her and I agree, it’s 2012 who gives a shit if he’s not black. I’m excited for new music from here but I almost laughed she said it’s due in April. How many times has Eve given a projected time frame when she was going to release her new album and how many times has it NOT HAPPENED. Eve, please just pick a date and stick with it!

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  14. Truth

    Eve seems so real compared to Nicki. I dont see anything fake about her at all but Nicki on the other hand fake as a three dollar bill smh

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    mc20012003 Reply:

    @Truth, Lol.

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  15. MmmHmm

    GET IT EVE! SO TRUE! THOUGH I FEEL SHE COULD HAVE SAID MORE ABOUT FEMALE RAP….

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  16. Leetaylor

    I loveeeee EVE, visit my site, PNKDope.com. Thanks

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  17. mas

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, u is a goat for saying iggy’s ep didnt move digits. How will an ep move digit when its release for free?

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  18. Asa

    You can bet if Nicki wasn’t shit, then people here would be saying the opposite about why artists don’t become big.

    When your favorite isn’t the magical one that happens to be popular, then it’s easier to see how unfair the industry is.

    You’re delusional if you think only Nicki has something worth showing the world. (and even then, I can’t even agree with that silly notion that she’s interesting at all but whatever to each their own)

    There’s plenty of room for more females in the game to shine, but the industry is broken. Especially for female artists.

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    #teaminaj Reply:

    @Asa, I HAFT TO AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT

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  19. QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL

    Eve, u a hasbeen chick. I seriously can’t wait to not buy your album and see you flop.

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    Pour Rearz Boomztue Reply:

    @QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA’LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL, just shut your bum ass up u hater Let see U put out an album then see u flop-flop hater

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  20. Pour Rearz Boomztue

    Nice INterview

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  21. Get Money B!tch

    How the hell is Eve gonna give Nicki her props in interviews but turn around and diss her on that wack azz flop song *She Bad Bad*? Eve is being a faker. And the reason these rap chicks can’t rise to the top is because Nicki has set the bar too high for them to reach it. They’re no match for Nicki. 3 of the biggest females in hip hop LilKim, Missy and Eve have all dropped singles and flopped. Kim’s delusional fans hyped Missy Kim and Eve up to think they had what it took to knock Nicki off her throne but they didn’t support and let them fall flat on their azzez. Now Missy is scratching her head like wtf happened. Well it’s not 1990 anymore it’s 2012 and all those fans attention is focused on Nicki now. They try to deny it but they love Nicki.

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  22. Maria

    Awesome awmosee awmosee!You out into words things I’ve been fighting for and defending but I would not have been able to word anything as well as you did in this piece. People fail to understand conditions of treaties and statutes such as the Indian act, and many choose not to read about it, themselves.Really glad you put this together

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