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Eve isn’t too impressed with the current state of hip-hop.
The Queens star recently weighed in on the subject after The daily show Trevor Noah asked her how she thought the hip-hop game had changed since its rise to fame in the early ’90s and 2000s. The Ruff Ryders alum didn’t hold back, either.
“There are a lot of clones,” said Eve. “I feel like back then the uniqueness was celebrated and I think now there is a lot of similarity and that for me… It makes it boring for me most of the time.” However, the star shared that her thoughts didn’t apply to “everyone” in the industry, adding that there were “performance performers” that she really liked.
The “Gangsta Lovin ‘” rapper certainly made her mark in the male-dominated hip-hop industry in the 2000s when she was Ruff Ryder’s first female MC. After the release of his first album Let there be Eve… the first lady of Ruff Ryders, the star became the third female rapper to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, just after Lauryn Hill and Foxy Brown already shattered the major feat. The hip-hop titan has released a number of classic hits over the years, including “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (with Gwen Stefani), “What Ya Want” and “Who’s That Girl”. Prior to signing with Ruff Ryders’ team, Eve did a short stint with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records, but the Hairdresser the actress was dropped after 8 months with the label.
“I bragged and threw this big departure party and then I was back at my mom’s house on the bus,” Eve told Guardian in 2019. “I was really depressed, but I needed this to happen. I was a fight rapper, but I didn’t know how to make songs.
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Elsewhere in her interview with Noah, the 42-year-old mom-to-be stated that she felt grateful that she never had to compromise her character or over-sexualize her image when entering the industry, which she thanked her groupmates at Ruff Ryder for helping her to achieve.
“I was lucky. With Ruff Ryders they never tried to change me,” she explained. “The only thing they tried to do was cover me up, actually. They didn’t want me naked. They were like, ‘No, you have to put on that vest now.’ However, the rapper revealed during her interview with Guardian that the industry had some nasty sides, especially when it came to pitting MC women against each other.
“There certainly weren’t a lot of women there….Before meeting someone, I always thought of it as this fraternity. I thought we were all going to be friends. It wasn’t like that, ”the star recalls. ” I will see [Lil] Kim and said hello, and she would say, “Get away from me.” Not verbally – you could just say what she was thinking. But I was in a bubble and it never felt like a competition. I loved Missy [Elliott] and Kim but I never wanted to be them.
Watch Eve’s interview with Trevor Noah below. What do you think? Do you think hip-hop is obsolete right now?
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