Eleven years after releasing her last album, Eve officially made her return to music this week with Lip Lock. The Philly rapper, who received a nomination for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards, stopped by “GMA” and “106 & Park” earlier in the week. On Thursday, she sat down with Wendy Williams to dish on her absence from music and why it took her so long to release an album.
Eve made a triumphant return to television on Friday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Looking hot in yellow and sporting a new short hairstyle, the Philly rap diva performed her uplifting single “Make It Out This Town” with Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta and fellow Philly natives The Roots.
During the non-televised portion, she dipped into her catalog with her 2001 hit “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.”
On May 14, Eve will release her first album in 11 years, Lip Lock, featuring Snoop Dogg, Dawn Richard, Chrisette Michele, Pusha T, and more.
During her album release week, you can catch Eve on “Good Morning America” (May 14), “106 & Park” (May 15), and “The Wendy Williams Show” (May 16).
She’s been gone for a minute, but Eve is still a force to be reckoned with. The Philly rapper returns to her roots in the video for her gritty anthem “Eve” featuring Miss Kitty. Eve strolls the streets of London, where she now lives with her boyfriend, spitting fire in just a beanie and tank top.
“That’s one of my favorite, favorite tracks,” she tells Rap-Up TV. “I think if any track on this album was me, that’s it for sure.”
The song appears on her first album in over a decade, Lip Lock (due May 14), along with collaborations with Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Chrisette Michele, Dawn Richard, Pusha T, Juicy J, and more.
Also catch Eve performing “Make It Out This Town” with Gabe Saporta and The Roots on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Friday.
Eve takes charge on “Eve,” the new single off her first album in over a decade, Lip Lock. The Philly rapper spits some bossy rhymes over the bouncy anthem, which features a haunting hook and some dancehall flavor courtesy of Miss Kitty.
“That’s one of my favorite, favorite tracks,” Eve tells Rap-Up TV of the gritty record. “I think if any track on this album was me, that’s it for sure.”
A video was recently shot in London where she lives. “It’s real stripped back. I was literally tank tops and jeans walking through the streets of London.”
Lip Lock is due May 14 featuring appearances from Snoop Lion, Missy Elliott, Dawn Richard, Chrisette Michele, Juicy J, Pusha T, and more.
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.
It’s been over 10 years since Eve released her last album. But the Philly rapper makes her long-awaited return on May 14 with her fourth album Lip Lock.
The follow-up to 2002′s Eve-Olution features 12 tracks, with appearances from Missy Elliott, Dawn Richard, Snoop Dogg, Chrisette Michele, Pusha T, and Juicy J, plus the singles “She Bad Bad” and “Make It Out This Town” featuring Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta.
“2013 is a year you will see more sides of me than ever before, this is just the start!” said Eve. “And I have a lot in store for you all on Lip Lock to make you think, dance, and smile.”
Eve empowers the youth in the Robby Starbuck-directed video for her inspirational anthem “Make It Out This Town” featuring Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship. In the uplifting visuals, the Philly rapper shows storylines of high school teens who face adversity. But they learn to overcome the odds with some help from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, for which Eve is an ambassador.
The song serves as the official first single from Eve’s long-awaited album Lip Lock, due May 14.
“I am releasing ‘Make It Out This Town’ as my first single from Lip Lock because I wanted to share the positive place I have come into,” said Eve. “I went through obstacles to get my music and message out and nothing embodies this more than this song, which also mirrors my recent honor and connection that comes with my role as an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The song is dedicated to them.”