It’s been nearly a decade since Eve released her last album Eve-Olution, but she is slowly inching her way back to music with her upcoming album Lip Lock. In an interview with The Women of Hip-Hop, the rapper-actress revealed her plans to release a buzz single later this month, with more music to follow.
Plus, find out what she thinks of the new wave of female MCs including Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea, which five femcees she would put on a record, and her thoughts on the rivalry between Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj.
On her new music: “I’m gonna throw out a viral single at the end of this month before the official single. I’m probably gonna throw out a couple records before the radio single. My whole goal for this record, since it’s been so long, I wanted to make sure that my core audience didn’t feel like Eve completely forgot about us and went to another side. I feel like this record is well rounded. It has enough of the hard street stuff, it has some radio stuff, but it also has some stuff that people can listen to when they’re feeling down.”
On new female rappers: “I like Azealia Banks. I think her style is dope. If you listen to her lyrics, she knows how to wordplay and I think that’s cute. I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really f**k with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it.”
On her dream collaboration: “Lauryn Hill has always been my one dream collaboration. She to me is so dope lyrically. Unfortunately, she’s just in a place right now mentally, but that would be a dream come true.”
On which five female MCs she would put on a record: “I would definitely have to get Missy [Elliott]. I would definitely have to do Kim ’cause I never got to do a record with Kim. Azealia Banks, I like her. A lot of people want me to hate on Nicki and say crazy things about her. I ain’t got nothing to say about her. Until somebody names me by name, then I don’t feel like nobody [is talking] about me. I wouldn’t have a problem putting her on a record.”
On the Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj feud: “It’s not about publicity. It’s about wanting that respect. I think maybe that’s where Kim is coming from, like, you’re doing your thing right now and no one can take that away from you, Nicki—we all see it—but at the end of the day, if it wasn’t for Kim, she wouldn’t be here and that s**t is real.”
XXL has teamed up with Best Buy and Sony RED for a special issue of XXL now available at Best Buy stores nationwide.
The cover of the social issue features DJ Khaled who speaks on his new album,Kiss the Ring, how he constructs his mega collaborations and Kim Kardashian making a cameo in his “I Wish You Would” video, featuring Rick Ross and Kanye West.
In addition to the Khaled cover story, the mini-mag includes stories on newer artists such as Chief Keef,Ca$h Out, Tarvoria, Joey Bada$$ and Casey Veggies. There are also stories in bigger artists including Eve, Waka FlockaFlame, Pusha T, The RZA Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Leslie, Slaughterhouse and 2 Chainz.
With the mini-mag, fans will receive two special CDs: Times, Rhymes & Beats featuring new music from Eve, Ryan Leslie, Future, King L, Joey Bada$$, Method Man, Casey Veggies, RZA and more and Street Heat featuring Brick Squad Monopoly’s Waka Flocka Flame, OJ Da Juiceman, Suga Shane and more.
The XXL special issue retails for just $5.99 at Best Buy stores right now.
Disc One Track Listing: 1. Eve "She Bad Bad" 2. Ryan Reslie "Beautiful Lie" 3. Future "Turn On The Lights" 4. The Revelations "I Forgot To Be Your Lover" 5. Ca$h Out "Big Booty" 6. Deon Young "Party Life" 7. King L "Val Venis" 8. Mad Child "Monster" 9. Method Man "Built For This" 10. Joey Bada$$ "Waves" 11. Casey Veggies "Toe Tag" 12. RZA "Just Blowin In The Wind"
Disc Two Track Listing: 1. Waka Flaka Flame Ft. Sony "24 hours" 2. Dbo Montana "Dbo Montana" 3. OJ DA Juiceman "Wea Ya Been" 4. Dirt Gang Ft. Waka Flocka "Rambo" 5. Young Joey Ft. Waka Flocka & Fred Da Godson "I Fuk Wit Em" 6. Reema Major "Major moves" 7. Tarvoria "Be Quiet" 8. Joses Moses "Ratchets Dirty" 9. Fetti Gang "Jaw" 10. Woo Da Kid "What's Brackin" 11. One Thurd "Stop & Go" 12. Shuga Shane "Ring Bells" 13. Cartier Kitten "Bring It Back" 14. YG Hottie "West Hanin" 15. Cartier Kitten "Guala Guala" 16. Bo Deal "Wow" 17. Fetti Gang "Good Morning" 18. Bo Deal "Clap" 19. Joe Moses Ft. Ty S & DJ Mustard "Bitch" 20. OJ Da Juiceman Ft. Gunplay "I Sell" 21. Reema Major "I Am Legend"
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