Music Review: Eve



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Eve


Eve-olution


[Interscope]

Eve is one of a small handful of female rappers who can truly hang. She spits tough love on the mic, and maintains her status without bragging that she's an OG from the streets.

A self-proclaimed "pit-bull in a skirt" from day one, a tomboy in her Philly hood and a part time stripper in the Bronx, Eve has long since come to her senses. Since her sobering single, "Love Is Blind" in 1999 which secured her place in the mainstream rap scene and a second album Scorpion, which featured an enduring radio favorite "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani, the esteemed "first lady" of Ruff Ryder record label has served up her third project, Eve-Olution.

There are two tracks on this album which seem destined for effortless hit-dom-casual/sultry "Gangsta Lovin'" featuring Alicia Keys and hip "Party In the Rain."

The other ten songs can hardly be criticized, and any fans who are disappointed by the slick, produced, and relatively nonchalant flow in place of Eve's past verbal toughness should maybe take the transformation in stride as a (temporary?) phase in the artist's evolution, or have another listen to "Irresistable Bitch" and "What!" Besides, the album is chock full 'o' cameos, and who's opposed to a little Snoop Dogg here and a little Jadakiss there?

The general vibe here seems to be versatility, a trait that is reflected all over Eve's career. Not only has she been making this album, supporting the Love Is Blind Foundation with performances, and launching fashion lines, but she has made a name for herself in the world of the silver screen by appearing in this past summer's blockbuster action flick "XXX" and stealing the scene in comedy "Barbershop," which is currently playing. We can only turn up the volume and send our best to this dynamic diva.

Jia H. Jung

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