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Eve talks new album, Nicki Minaj, & women in hip hop

Larry King NowApr 18 '16

Grammy-winning rapper Eve dishes on her new album, what she thinks of Nicki Minaj’s music, & who she says is the most influential rapper in the game right now. Plus, the “pitbull in a skirt” talks reprising her role in ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut.’


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on April 18th 2016:

“I just needed some time. It wasn’t something I thought about, it just happened. I did an album then another album and then I had a TV show. Then after the TV show I kind of took a break. I wasn’t supposed to, but I did.”— Eve on why her latest album ‘Lip Lock’ took 11 years to release

“I guess it can be [hard to be a female rapper]. There are a lot of reasons. I think even going down to doing what it takes to get a women ready, you know, especially now. Labels don’t want to spend a lot of money. That’s a really big reason. I think the other reason is- in some ways I agree with French Montana - that you definitely have to have a certain personality. You have to be able to be one of the boys but still be a female and celebrate your femininity, but you also have to put on a hard shell a lot.” — Eve on what it’s like being a female rapper

“It got me more attention. I used to sing but then not many girls rapped, so when I started rapping, people paid more attention.” — Eve on why she chose to become a rapper

“I used to be ‘Eve of Destruction’ when I first got signed to [Dr.] Dre because of a movie called ‘Eve of Destruction’ that came out years ago. Then I made one song and I said ‘You know what? That’s not really who I want to be. I don’t want to be a persona. I don’t want to put on an act. I only want to be Eve.’ So then I dropped the ‘Of Destruction.’”— Eve on why she only goes by one name

“When they first asked I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know.’ Then I talked with one of the producers and he said, ‘Read the script.’ Then I read the script and I fell in love with it. I loved my character Terri- she really grew up and really matured. But I love the subject matter as well.” — Eve on why she was initially hesitant on joining ‘Barbershop 3: The Next Cut,’ the last installment of the series

“It’s hilarious. It’s really funny. Watching it on that side of the world is different.” — Eve on watching Donald Trump run for president from her home in London

“Probably that I’m not nice. I’ve had so many people tell me,‘You’re so much nicer than I thought you would be.’ People think I’m not nice! It could be when I was on the Ruff Ryderz riding on a lot of four-wheelers. I guess people were thinking,‘Who is this chick?’” — Eve on the biggest misconception about her