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.”