It’s been 11 years since we’ve gotten album out of Eve and now that we have Lip Lock banging in our speakers, we couldn’t be more satisfied with the growth from the “Illest Pit Bull In A Skirt.” And in that growth we’re seeing more sides of the hard core, Philly-bred lyricist. She’s an actress, a clothing designer, a lucky girlfriend and an ambitious woman with a heart that matches her record sales.
Despite her busy schedule, #TeamBeautiful was able to connect with the “Tambourine” rapstress and we dished over her current tour, why female rappers can’t get along and who she wants to work with. But that’s not where the conversation ends with former feminine voice of reason of the Ruff Ryders. We just had to ask her about one of the most controversial rappers from her former rap set, DMX. Controversy seems to follow the troubled rapper around. And with Eve being one of his closest friends, we had to know what type of insight someone on the inside had to offer about DMX. And what Eve had to share about her friend, warmed our hearts.
HelloBeautiful: So you’ve been on tour…
Eve: “I haven’t toured in the States in years. We’re doing smaller, intimate interviews. It’s been great to connect with fans with my old and new stuff. We’re all just having fun, more than anything else. We’re remembering to have fun while making music.”
HB: Why don’t female rappers get along?
Eve: “I have never been that type of chick. I don’t get into it. I don’t have the patience for it. It’s crazy these girls are beefing. There’s so many dudes out who work together, with females, we always have to be so catty to be the one. I don’t get it. I just pay attention. I don’t have the time. It’s too petty.”
HB: Are there any you want to work with?
Eve: “I’ve always liked Azealia Banks. Lyrically, she’s dope. She has a lot of talent. I think Angel Haze is so dope. I would love to do something with her. I have a young chick on my album named Nacho and she’s ridiculous. I see some of these young girls coming up and I am inspired and impressed by them.”
HB: Why should we buy Lip Lock?
Eve: “Lyrically, on Lip Lock, people are going to be like, ‘That’s my girl.’ I’m an emcee. I’m a lyricist. You will definitely hear growth on this album. I’ve been in the game a long time. This is the first album I have done without my dogs, my dudes. I got to be the captain of the ship on every level. This is my women’s album, from my perspective. I feel like you can hear that on this album.”
HB: What in the world is going on with DMX?
Eve: “I just saw X about a week and a half ago. I had a show with him in Detroit. When I see him, it’s the best. I love X. He’s one of my favorite people. The thing with X, people see things on TV–yeah he does have a lot of issues, but at the same time, X is a grown man and he’s very clear on the things that he’s doing and who he is. I’ve known X since I was 18 and I am 30 plus now. He’s the same dude. You can’t make him or tell him to do anything. He’s his own man. At the end of the day, if he called me at any time, I would be right there. But I can’t make him do anything.
I can’t give up an opinion on what he needs. When I see him, I see him in the best light. When I see him, he’s laughing, joking, being crazy and we’re laughing and reminiscing. I don’t get that X that everyone else sees–those moments that other people see. The X that I get is the X that I love. I’ve seen him bad situations, but the majority of the time I’m with X, it’s awesome.”
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1. 9. Sisqo- "Thong Song"
You wouldn't believe a pair of strings tied together to create a thong would have production value totaling $1 million. Sisqo's "Thong Song" video was well worth it! Sike. They could have promised a couple of hood chicks camera time and paid a quarter of that amount!
2. 8. TLC- "Unpretty"
At the crux of TLC's career, they were the biggest girl group ever. It's no wonder the label didn't mind shelling out $1.6 million to create visuals to match their inspirational song "Unpretty."
3. 7. Celine Dion- "It's All Coming Back To Me"
In 1996, Celine Dion's dramatic ballad about lost love, "It's All Coming Back To Me," was a massive hit and needed a video just as stunning to accompany the platinum single. The Nigel Dick-directed clip came with a $2 million price tag.
4. 6. Missy Elliott- She's A B*tch
Who knew wearing a black plastic bag could cost so much! Missy Elliott's groundbreaking video for "She's A B*tch" cost $2 million to make!
5. 5. Busta Rhymes Ft. Janet Jackson- "What's It Gonna Be"
Busta Rhymes proved the industry wasn't all the way dead (yet) with the release of his music video "What's It Gonna Be" worth $2.4 million. That must be how much it costs to make Janet Jackson rain from your fingertips!
6. 4. Mariah Carey Ft. Jay-Z "Heartbreaker"
Mariah Carey's 1999 banger "Heartbreaker" cost a whopping $2.5 million to produce. It could be the movie theater they had to rent to assure there were no unwanted extras or that famous fight scene featuring Mariah Vs. Mariah!
7. 3. MC Hammer- "Too Legit"
The only legit thing about MC Hammer was his label's bank statement after shooting the visuals to accompany his upbeat dance track "Too Legit." $2.5 million later, the "Too Legit" video was a hit--but probably because James Brown was in it!
8. 2. Madonna- "Die Another Day"
Count on Madonna to break the bank so she can channel her inner James Bond! Marge's video, which also was the theme song to the 2002 film, "Die Another Day" cost a reported $6 million to make!
9. 1. Michael Jackson Ft. Janet Jackson- "Scream"
When Michael Jackson's, then, label saw the bill for his futuristic clip "Scream" they probably did exactly what the song makes you do and screamed! $7 million is what it took to for Michael to be able to walk on walls!