#8 TOP FEMALE RAPPER
ACTIVE: 1998 TO PRESENT
Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper (born November 10, 1978) is an American hip hop recording artist and actress from Philadelphia,Pennsylvania.
She is also the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002, for the song “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”, with American singer Gwen Stefani.
Eve was number 48 on VH1’s “50 Greatest Women of the Video Era” list. Eve has sold over 8.5 Million albums in the United States alone and 15 million albums worldwide making her one of the best selling rappers of all time.
As an actress, Eve is known for her roles as Terri Jones in the films Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and as Shelley Williams on the UPN television sitcom Eve. She has also achieved success in fashion, with her clothing line, Fetish.
Eve was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Julie Wilch-Jeffers, a publishing company supervisor, and Jerry Jeffers, a chemical plant supervisor.
She adopted the name Gangsta in high school as part of an all-female group called EDGP (pronounced “Egypt”). The rapper Eve is multiracial as well. She is of African American,Egyptian & Native American descent.
During her early years in Philadelphia, she was educated at Martin Luther King High School. Eve’s first musical interest was singing. She sang in many choirs and even formed an all-female singing group (Dope Girl Posse or D.G.P.) with a manager. This group covered songs from En Vogue and color Me Badd. The group’s manager suggested that the group should rap after seeing ABC, and Eve stuck with it. She then went on to form a rapping group. After the group split, Eve began working on a solo career under the name “Eve of Destruction.”
Eve has lived in Los Angeles, California, New York City, and most recently has resided in London.
In 1999, she was featured on prince’s album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, and she was to co-star on the eventually cancelled Hot Wit’ U single from that same album.
Eve is featured (along with Erykah Badu) on the song “You Got Me” by The Roots, from their 1999 album Things Fall Apart. The song won a Grammy Award in 2000, which should have been Eve’s first.
She stated on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2009 that she did not receive a Grammy for the track. Quest love, from The Roots, had brought his Grammy to the show that night and showed she’s not even credited on the award plaque.
She also provided background vocals on the song “Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New” from the same album. In the album’s liner notes, she is referred to as Eve of Destruction. Eve would win her own in 2002.
In 2012, Eve, Mike Lynn and Dr. Dre, Ruff Ryders Entertainment,Interscope Records, and Truth Hurts were accused of stealing songs from Gregory Hutchinson p/k/a Cold 187um of Above The Law. The plaintiffs claim the 1999 song “Love is Blind” was stripped of some of its original components and presented as their own work.
Eve divides her time between London, Los Angeles and New York. She began dating British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooperin 2010. They became engaged on December 25, 2013. On June 14, 2014, Eve and Maximillion Cooper wed in Ibiza, Spain.
Feud with Foxy Brown
In 1999, a dispute between Eve and New York City-based rapper foxy Brown, began to build up in the midst of Brown’s alleged affair with Eve’s former mentor DMX.
Additional tensions surfaced when Eve “subliminally dissed” Foxy Brown and Lil’ Kim on her records “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (2001) and “Double R What” (2002), where she criticized the two for having ghostwriters and further solidified that she “writes [her] own songs”.
In December 2002, Foxy Brown responded to the disses via her unreleased record “Get Off Me”, in which she compared Eve to a yorkie terrier, dubbed her a “jealous bum bitch” and criticized her Alicia Keys-assisted single “Gangsta Lovin'”.
That same year, Brown reportedly disapproved of Eve and former friend Charli Baltimore’s “Philly’s Finest”, a remake of Jay-Zand Notorious B.I.G.’s “Brooklyn’s Finest”, in which she felt the two Philly-bred female rappers were “disrespectful”.
Brown also stated that when she and Lil’ Kim debuted on the music scene, “everybody all of a sudden wanted a female in their crew”, adding that Eve wasn’t doing that for DMX and Ruff Ryders, simply because it was “just not believable.”
In December 2002, during her interview with Miss Jones, Eve responded to Brown’s diss record(“Get Off Me”), stating that she was glad she could be “an inspiration” for Brown’s ghostwriter.
Eve also revealed that she had known Brown since 1997 and dubbed her a “wankster” and a “miserable jealous bitch”. Eve lastly added, “Ain’t my fault [Foxy] been out since ’96 & her bank account look the same. Do you ma. You look weak. Do you.”
In April 2003, during her interview with Wendy Williams, Foxy Brown revealed that she hated Eve and cited her as the prime reason why she broke up with Kurupt because Eve “snitched” about the alleged affair between her and DMX.
Brown later made derogatory comments about Eve throughout the interview, calling the rapper a “poorly dressed nappy headed blond chick”.
Brown also added that she was “sick and tired” of Eve subliminally dissing her and Lil’ Kim on records because she and Kim “changed the game of hip-hop for female rappers.”
In September 2003, Eve dissed Brown on a record titled “We’re Back” from former mentor DMX’s album, Grand Champ.
#8 TOP FEMALE RAPPER