E-V-E has taken us through an emotional rollercoaster over the past 4-5 years, while promising a new album that never surfaced. Now, that the rap game is thirsty for female rappers to make a comeback, she is back on her grind and ready to take the music industry by storm.
She recently sat down with the entertainment site, Women of Hip Hop, and chopped it up about her new project as well as all things female rap related. In the interview, she revealed that she believes that there is a certain level of respect that artists like Nicki Minaj should have for veteran rap artists, and although she is loving rapper Azealia Banks as a lyricist right now, she isn’t about to jump on the Iggy Azalea bandwagon just yet.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview and the audio below:
On what she feels as though she, Lil Kim and Missy Elliot will bring back to the rap game
It’s kind of a good look for us [Missy & Kim] to all come out at the same time because we do really like each other and support each other. I feel like, I always represented — I feel like I am a regular chick that got a dope job. I got lucky. I represent the around the way chicks. I feel like right now in music, with Nicki out, she’s not representing all females. With me coming out and Nicki coming out, she represents a certain type of chick and with Kim coming out, she represents a certain type of chick that may feel like they don’t have a certain voice that’s speaking for them and that represents them.
On female rappers she is feeling
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-ck with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it (her music).
On which female emcees she would do a record with
I would definitely have to get Missy. I would definitely have to do Kim because 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 just because … ‘why not’. I try to be nice.
On Nicki Minaj
I know a lot of people are mad at her. But I get it, I get the whole sh*t, I know she’s going crazy. I know she’s going crazy at the mouth. Until somebody mentions me by name, I don’t care, do you – because all I can do is me.
Even going back, Foxy and Kim both came at me in songs a long time ago, and I was like ‘whoa, are you serious?’ If you want to come see me, come see me for real – I’m not that girl. I will never forget, Foxy made a record about me and was talking about me on Hot 97 on the radio, talking wild craziness, but to me it makes me feel like – if you’re thinking about me that much, thinking about me everyday, I’m ‘f*ckin up your life’. So ‘oh well’.
On her dream collaboration
You know what – my one dream collabo, before anyone else, would be with Lauryn Hill. She’ll always be the one. Unfortunately, she’s in a bad place right now mentally, but it would be a dream come true.
On the Nicki Minaj vs Lil Kim beef
First of all, there needs to be a level of respect. I feel like a lot of people who are from the past generation trying to get at the new generation, 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 sh-t is real. And if it wasn’t for Latifah, and if it wasn’t for Foxy and Lyte, I wouldn’t be here.
Yes, Nicki is doing her thing and she’s maximizing the market but that’s because there is no one else out. She’s the only female. She came in at a time when music was so different. She’s doing stuff now that we couldn’t do – well we could do it – I did the collaboration with Gwen, but it’s at a different place. It’s so different and it’s an unfair comparison sometimes for Nicki to say Kim is washed up. Kim is Kim, point blank period. Kim is doing her thing and Nicki is doing her thing.
On her new project
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 was, 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. Musically, I’ve grown ( I wouldn’t say I’ve changed) and I think I feel like people will feel like they won’t recognize the stuff that they loved of me from before –you know all of the Ruff Ryders [stuff]. That’s my core, that’s where I come from and I wanted to make sure I did some tracks like that but I also wanted to do tracks that showed my growth [...].
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