Seriously people, what’s up with ALL the game-changing Femcee’s of the 90’s? It took Missy more than 7 (painfully long) years to return with a brand new album. Lil’ Kim’s too busy concentrating on her beef with the entire galaxy to work on new music. Foxy Brown’s literally nowhere in sight. And Lauryn Hill has decided to completely NOT make any new music at all. Why?
The time’s just right y’all – Nicki Minaj’s all over the place, collaborating with every artist from every possible genre out there. Rap upstarts like Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea have been breaking new ground globally. It’s high time that the real players of the game made a comeback, to re-create the late 90’s all over again. For anybody growing up being influenced by Hip-Hop/Rap/R’n’B/Soul of the late 90’s and early 00’s, Grammy winning rapstress supreme Eve was a permanent fixture on their playlist. Ever since her solo 1999 debut ‘Let There Be Eve..Ruff Ryder’s First Lady‘ arrived at # 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and went double platinum – there was no looking back for the prolific rapper, who went on to achieve unprecedented chart success with her own solo singles as well as some of the most insane collaborations of the past decade with artists like Alicia Keys, Blackstreet, Faith Evans, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, Missy Elliott etc. Two of her most popular collaborations were with the fashionably flawless Gwen Stefani, both of which charted within the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, and went on to become global smashes – and won Eve her first Grammy for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002 for her classic ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind‘.
It’s been an entire decade since Eve’s last album, 2002’s ‘Eve-o-lution‘ that arrived at # 6 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and went gold, spawning the now-classic # 2 smash ‘Gangsta Lovin‘ featuring Alicia Keys, and one of my fave songs of ALL time, the feisty ‘Satisfaction‘ (a song that I still bump to on a regular basis). And FINALLY, fans of the ‘Gotta Man‘ maestra got a taste of her highly anticipated new album scheduled for release early next year, titled ‘Lip Lock‘, in the form of a brand new single, ‘She Bad Bad‘. The Jukebox-produced new single is a rather aggressive comeback for the rapper, who ferociously spits ‘Now I’m back/Forget about them other chicks/Man, you won’t miss them/Yeah, E-V-E hungry like a lion… Your gimmick make me sick/What you sellin’, I ain’t buyin’.‘ I’m generally a fan of the Rap/Sung collaborations Eve comes up with – and this sound is a sonic departure from her previous work. Either way, I’m totally anticipating her new album, and I’m pretty sure she’ll have some killer collabos up her sleeve. Check out Eve’s new single ‘She Bad Bad‘ right here :