Rapper and actress Eve was born Eve Jihan Jeffers on November 10, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She adopted the name Gangsta in high school as part of an all-female group called EDGP (pronounced Egypt), and eventually went solo as Eve of Destruction. Eve has sold millions of albums during her musical career, wuth her first three albums already selling over 3.8 Million copies sold in the U.S. alone. Eve also picked up a Grammy Award. In 2003 Eve became the star of her own TV show, Eve, which lasted for 3 seasons. Eve has also achieved success in fashion as she started a clothing line titled 'Fetish'.
After a period of working as a stripper, Eve returned to hip-hop at the encouragement of rap superstar Ma$e; she recorded "Eve of Destruction", which appeared on the soundtrack to Bulworth in 1998. Her label, Aftermath Records, found itself in financial trouble and Eve was soon without a record contract. She had, however, befriended DMX and appeared on a remix of his hit single "Ruff Ryders Anthem" from his multi platinum selling debut album, It's Dark and Hell is Hot, along with other Ruff Ryders' compilations. Her next single, "What Ya Want", featuring Nokio of Dru Hill, didn't do so well on the charts, so she collaborated with The Roots, Blackstreet and Janet Jackson, which further expanded her fan base. Her 1999 debut, Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders First Lady, was an unprecedented success, becoming the second hip-hop album by a woman to enter the Billboard 200 at #1 (the first was by Brooklyn rapper, Foxy Brown).
The follow-up album, Scorpion, was released in 2001 but was greated by bad reviews. Its first single, "Who's That Girl" guaranteed the rapper first international success. The second single, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani (who was still part of her band 'No Doubt' at that time) became a pop success, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Scorpion eventually went platinum.
Eve's third album, Eve-Olution, was released in summer 2002 and peaked at #6 on Billboard chart. In the meantime, the album's first single, "Gangsta Lovin'", with Alicia Keys, became another #2 hit. The second and final single, "Satisfaction", only saw moderate chart success. Overall Eve-Olution, was a flop and became Eve's worst selling album to date. Afterwards, Eve closed out 2003 by signing to a UPN television sitcom, titled "Eve", in which she starred as 'Shelly', a fashion designer. The show lasted three seasons until it was cancelled May 2006. She also featured on Mary J. Blige's single, "Not Today".
Eve is no longer romantically involved with Teodorín Nguema Obiang, son and heir of the Equatorial Guinean dictator. In 2003, a nude photo of what appeared to be Eve with another woman leaked onto the Internet. At the time, Eve said of the photo: "I used to strip, so it could be me or it could not be me." She also said, the person who released the photo had tried to blackmail her. In 2005, a clip of a sex tape she created in 1999 was leaked on the Internet. She took legal action to have sites remove the clip, however the clip still exists on some lesser known sites.
In 2005, the rapper appeared on Gwen Stefani's top ten hit "Rich Girl", which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March. The same year, she appeared on the remix of Amerie's #8 US Hot 100/#1 US R&B; single from the Hitch Soundtrack, "1 Thing."
Currently, Eve is working on her fourth solo album 'Here I Am' on Aftermath Entertainment/Full Surface Records (although she is still signed to the Ruff Ryders Records and to their management company). Those rumored to be involved with the album are Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz and Scott Storch. Slated to make guest appearances are Adam Levine, Shakira, and possibly Gwen Stefani.
Eve is not only a successful and respected rapper, she is also a respected actress. She appeared in the blockbuster movie "XXX" with Vin Diesel, and also landed roles in Barbershop and Barbershop 2 with Ice Cube. Her next role came in "The Cookout" along with Queen Latifah and Meagan Good, and then "The Woodsman" with Kevin Bacon released in mid 2004. She also voiced the character 'Major Jones' in the video game "XIII" (13). She also voiced one of the villains of the short-lived Spiderman cartoon on MTV.
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