Rap-Up TV: Eve Talks Comeback, ‘Lip Lock,’ & Rick Ross Controversy

On May 14, Eve will return with her first album in over a decade, Lip Lock. The hip-hop trailblazer sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss her long-awaited comeback record, which features appearances from Snoop Lion, Missy Elliott, Dawn Richard, Chrisette Michele, Juicy J, Pusha T, and more.

Label politics kept her in limbo for years, but she has no regrets. “I’m happy it took this long because I actually feel as excited as I did the first time I came out,” she said.

The follow-up to 2002’s Eve-Olution shows her many sides. “This is my album. It’s completely Eve. It’s completely all of me,” she said. “I think you hear all my influences musically on this record. You’re definitely getting insight into who I am as a woman, an artist, as a person right now.”

She also weighed in on the controversy surrounding Rick Ross’ pro-rape lyrics, which ended with the termination of his Reebok deal. “I think they did what was in their right as a corporation,” explained Eve. “People still have to remember it is a business and there are shareholders that are bigger than just Reebok that are probably looking at this situation and being like, ‘You know what, this is not something that we want to represent.’”

While she realizes it’s only words, she did take offense. “As a woman, I’m like, ‘Whoa.’ It just makes you think in a different way. I feel like it’s wordplay, but at the same time, it does make you think twice, like what do you mean? Are you that dude? It’s not OK.”

Eve is currently promoting her Gabe Saporta-assisted single “Make It Out This Town,” but has already lined up the next single, “EVE” featuring Miss Kitty. A stripped-down video was recently shot in London where she lives. “That’s one of my favorite tracks,” she said.



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38 Comments

  1. ....

    Yawn. next please.

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @…., *yawn* at U clicking the link and commenting FIRTS so i guess it’s not “yawn”. Dumb ass

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  2. LilKim

    My fans better fuck with MY music only.

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @LilKim, hmmmmmmmm what music?? lmfaooo when trolling FAILS.

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @LilKim, How dumb are u though. u randomly come on an EVE post talkin bout kim fans better f with her music only?? lmfaoo don’t be mad at them if they love eve who’s actually grinding and feeding fans MUSIC :D. U bitter ass wack ass of a kim fan! lmfao

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  3. Yungykid

    EVE is back *fake bitches watch out*

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  4. Mrunhateable

    I can’t hate on eve. I’m a big minaj fan but eve had always kept it humble and 100%. She seems down to earth and real as hell. I bet she’s great friend. I’m a little concerns about the album tho… I want her to succeed but none of them singles really popping. I live down south and have yet to hear an eve song in heavy rotation

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    J Reply:

    Same. I’m a Nicki fan and I’m loving the composure Eve is bringing these days. And more importantly, I like how she’s speaking up logically about the Rick Ross situation instead of immaturely giving Reebok the finger (cough other male rappers cough) or giving some vague face-saving comment.

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  5. Eve of destruction

    YAS!!!! LOVE MY BISH!!!!!! LIP LOCK MAY 14!! :)

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  7. Eve of destruction

    A lot of people go “I love Eve and shit” but how many of y’all are requesting her single on radio stations? Hell how many of y’all PURCHASED it? Please support more. It’s gon take a while for these youngins to get used and like her. But don’t sleep on ha!! She got y’all!!! ;) Go pre-order Lip Lock On Amazon!!! It’s gon be available on Itunes soon!! :) MAY 14!!

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  8. Eve of destruction

    *sips tea and waits to DRAG the shit outta @QUEEN MINAJ queer ass and other haters* Lip Lock May 14!!! ;D

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  9. Kyle

    Wow, I love this woman. It’s been awhile since I’ve watched her in interviews and I’ve always loved how she presents herself. More power to her for giving her honest opinion on the Rick Ross controversy because I can see where she’s coming from and I feel like a lot of female artists feel that way but wouldn’t necessarily say that in an interview. I can’t wait to hear the “EVE” song that she was talking about and I also can’t wait to get my copy of “Lip Lock” on May 14th! It’s about DAMN TIME!

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @Kyle, YASSSS!!! ;)

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  13. eat my doo doo

    old ass

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @eat my doo doo, She’s 34 and looks 10 years younger. U tried hun:D

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  14. Eve of destruction

    If haters are gon hate on my BISH then please learn how to troll and drag. It’ll be the weakest fags who always make themselves look STUPID. lmfaooo

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  15. Eve of destruction

    EVE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> YOUR FAV

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  16. Eve of destruction

    Who want some??? bring it so i can drag your asses. who mad?

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  17. Eve of destruction

    I don’t care who u stan for. EVE is my bish!!! If u don’t fuck with ha then don’t come on her posts. Don’t click on her links and move the f on!! U just makin U and ur fav look stupid. lmaooo LIP LOCK MAY 14TH!!!!

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  18. Cassie ♥

    I love EVE and I wish her luck on this album. I know she’s indie and everything but those single aren’t on the charts yet. And I’ve mention this time and time and time and time and time and time again in every post since January, in order for your album to do sell well, you gotta have at least one song on the TOP 40 Billboard Hot 100 right now. Even if the album overall is good, it doesn’t matter, to get a top 10 album, you gotta have 1 song on heavy roation and on billboard. Hopefully I’m wrong but I’ve seen good albums flop because of poor singles charting. And when good albums flop, these kids are gonna be like “I don’t listen to flop artist, blah blah blah blah”.

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @Cassie ♥, I know right??? But she’s been up to something lately. I trust ha:)

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    Cassie ♥ Reply:

    @Eve of destruction, What has she been up to?

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @Cassie ♥, I ain’t got no clue. But she’s been talking about how obsessed she is with that EVE record. She said it’s STOOOOOOPID!! lmao

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  20. Layla

    Iggy Azalea NEW SINGLE “WORK” is charting internationally! And it’s on top 20 on UK Billboard And she has less fans than Eve! Go Iggy! ;)

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @Layla, Poor lost barb. Go watch that blackberry taped flop ass video Up in Flames on WORLD START HIP HOP!! LMFAOOOO ;D

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @Layla, I forgot. Iggy flopizilla is still a nobody. Top 20 in the UK?? recipes?? lmfao last time i checked it got pushed as it was #54. U tried:D

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    Layla Reply:

    @Eve of destruction, Check the billboard charts, Iggy is #20 on UK Top Billboard dumbass, your fave is no where on Billboard! And it’s the officiall billboard chart stupid ass, so there your recipe, where’s Eve’s reciepts?? Make it out this town is a flop and She bad bad is a flop, tell Eve to start promoting or something lol

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    Layla Reply:

    @Layla, It debuted at #56, then #54, and shot up all the way to #20, hahahahaha, now ladies work work work work work work.

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    Layla Reply:

    @Layla, And even if it did just flop at #54 (which it didn’t since it’s #20) where’s Eve on the UK charts? Exactly! Now ladies work work work work work work workin on my shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit :)

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    Eve of destruction Reply:

    @Layla, LMFAOOOO U can’t even drag using your fav’s credentials?? u so dumb. she’s LOCAL to the UK while tryna make it in the US. The streets will never tale that hoe serious just like Nicki. with them weak ass bubblegum raps. No one cuuuur if she charted in the UK. Eve been there done that. Stay mad!

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  23. tonyromeyo

    Hey hello yall fran and eve :-) lil kim :-) and i can turn it round still gone be teachers i like yall both, and how is yall fam and ross up to have a nice summer i wish i was yall but yall ladys and not never to ack like lil kim preach, my eve we not complaining but i love yall to heaven tell the children watch kim and eve and be like them work at learning the music world.

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