It's been nearly a decade since the music industry heard from Ruff Ryders' first lady, Eve. However, she's finally ready to make her return.
In a newly released interview with TheWomenOfHipHop.com, the rapper/actress revealed plans to drop a new buzz single later this month, and will then follow with more music thereafter ... before an official single even drops.
While Eve didn't give many details about the upcoming record, she says it will have a mix of the street stuff she started on with and, of course, stuff for the radio and mainstream.
"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," said the rapper. "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."
Also in the interview, Eve expressed her opinion about the new generation of female rappers emerging on the scene, including newcomer rivals, Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea. While she's loving Banks, Iggy's music, she isn't liking so much.
Other topics include which five female rappers she'd put on a song together; and her opinion on the beef between Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj.
Below are the key excerpts:
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*** 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."
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, 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 shit is real."