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Who is Eve Jihan Jeffers?

Who is Eve Jihan Jeffers?
,[1] The world knows her as Eve, she is a grammy winning rapper, singer, actress, and musician. She has sold millions of albums during her musical career. Her first three albums have so far reached 7 million copies sold world wide. In 2003, she became the star of her own TV show, Eve, which lasted for 3 seasons. The rapper/singer/actress has also achieved success in fashion as she started a clothing line titled "Fetish." She ranked # 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" show list.

Eve was born November 10, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Julia Wilch-Jeffers, a publishing company supervisor, and Jerry Jeffers, a chemical plant supervisor.[2] She adopted the name Gangsta in high school as part of an all-female group called EDGP (pronounced Egypt), and went solo as Eve of Destruction.
During her early years in Philadelphia, Eve's first musical interest was singing. She sang in many choirs and even made 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. After the group's manager saw the rap group ABC, they suggested that the group raps and Eve stuck with it. She then went on to form a rapping group.
Eve is featured (along with Erykah Badu) on the song "You Got Me"

by The Roots, from their 1999 album Things Fall Apart. 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.[3]


Eve first appeared on DJ Clue's The Professional, along with other Ruff Ryders' compilations. Her next single, "What Ya Want",

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featuring Nokio of Dru Hill, didn't do so well on the charts, so she collaborated with The Roots, Blackstreet and Janet Jackson, which further expanded her fan base. Her 1999 debut, Ruff Ryders' First Lady, was an unprecedented success, becoming the second hip-hop album by a woman to enter the Billboard 200 at #1 (the first was by Brooklyn rapper, Foxy Brown).


The follow-up to Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Scorpion, was released in 2001. Its first single, "Who's That Girl"

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guaranteed the rapper first international success. The second single, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"

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(with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt) and produced by Dr. Dre, became a pop success, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Eve eventually went platinum.
One of the record's strengths, cited in several reviews, was Eve's exploration of her singing voice in addition to her rapping skills. "I was a singer before I started rapping," Eve said in a Ruff Ryders press release, "so on this album I wanted my audience to hear more of my vocal skills".[4]

Eve's third album, Eve-Olution, was released in summer 2002 (see 2002 in music) and peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200. In the meantime, the album's first single, "Gangsta Lovin'",

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with Alicia Keys, became another #2 hit. The second and final single, "Satisfaction", only saw moderate success again. Eve-Olution only went gold and became Eve's worst-selling album to date. Also that year she performed the entrance song "All Grown Up" for WWE personality Stephanie McMahon. Afterwards, Eve closed out 2003 by signing to UPN for a television show about a fashion designer titled, Eve, and a feature on Mary J. Blige's single, "Not Today".

In 2005, the rapper appeared on Gwen Stefani's top ten hit "Rich Girl",

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which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March. The same year, she appeared on the remix of Amerie's #1 U.S. R&B hit, "1 Thing"

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the Hitch soundtrack. Eve also was featured in Keyshia Cole's song Never

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as on the Barbershop 2: Back in Business Soundtrack and The Way It Is along with the official remix for Teairra Mari's second single No Daddy.

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In 2007, she appeared on Kelly Rowland's single "Like This".

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The Punk Cabaret band One On None covered Eve's 1999 song "Love Is Blind".

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In July 2007, Eve made a guest appearance on Maroon 5's second single Wake Up Call on Live @ 45th at Night,

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it is unknown if this will be an official remix or if it will even be recorded.


After a series of delays, which saw Eve's last album 'Here I Am' eventually shelved, the rapper has confirmed the album has been re-branded, is now titled 'Flirt' and will be released in mid-2009.
In an interview with the New York Post’s PopWatch blog, the West Philly MC blamed her disc’s repeated setbacks on her “whole music label situation” with Interscope, but said it should finally surface this spring or summer. Initially set to hit stores in 2007 under the title Here I Am, Eve said the LP has undergone many changes. “It won’t be called ‘Here I Am’ anymore,’ she said. “Now it’s called ‘Flirt.’” In addition Eve says the music will be a lot more positive then her original effort. “I had to get in there and put in some upbeat music that I wasn’t depressed about,” she said of the new tracks. “It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s totally me. Imagine if ‘Tambourine’ had kids — that’s what the CD sounds like.” Despite the constant rescheduling and the new musical direction of the album, the former Ruff Ryder is confident that she won’t disappoint. “I am truly, truly sitting on some amazing music.”
Those rumored to be involved with the album are Timbaland, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes,
Swizz Beatz and Scott Storch.
Slated to make guest appearances are Adam Levine, Sean Paul, Swizz Beatz,
Shakira,
and possibly Gwen Stefani.[5]

The first single "Tambourine"

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from Here I Am was released in April 2007. The second single was "Give It to You"

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featuring Sean Paul, a reggae-influenced breezy mid-tempo song[6] Eve has stated that the third single may be a song called "All Night Long".

This song is an 80s-pop influenced song that Eve sings rather than raps.[7] "All Night Long" was produced by Pharrell
and finds Eve singing, something the rapper had previously been reluctant to undertake despite persuasion from her label.

Eve appeared in XXX

with Vin Diesel, both Barbershop

and Barbershop 2: Back in Business with Ice Cube, The Cookout

with Queen Latifah and Meagan Good,
and The Woodsman with Kevin Bacon

in mid 2004. She voiced Major Jones in the video game XIII,

as well as one of the villains of the short-lived Spiderman cartoon on MTV. She is currently appearing in the nostalgic drama Flashbacks of a Fool

alongside current James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

In 2003, Eve starred in the UPN television sitcom, Eve, as a fashion designer named Shelly. The show lasted three seasons until it was cancelled May 2006. She will be seen as guest star on an episode of Numb3rs in 2009. [8]

Eve discography

Albums
1999: Ruff Ryders' First Lady
2001: Scorpion
2002: Eve-Olution
2009: Flirt (originally titled Here I Am)

Top-ten hits

Album
2001
"Who's That Girl?"

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Scorpion
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (featuring Gwen Stefani)

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2002
"Gangsta Lovin'" (featuring Alicia Keys)

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Eve-Olution
2004
"Rich Girl" (Gwen Stefani featuring Eve)

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Love.Angel.Music.Baby
2007
"Like This" (Kelly Rowland featuring Eve)

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Ms. Kelly
2007
"Tambourine" (featuring Swizz Beatz)

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Flirt

Filmography

Barbershop
Terri Jones
xXx
J.J.
2003 -2006
Eve
Shelly
TV Series - Lead Role

2003
Third Watch
Yvette Powel
Television drama (Episode - Second Chances)
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Cheyenne Tate/The Talon
Voice Role (Episode - Keeping Secrets)
XIII
Major Jones
Voice Role
2004
The Woodsman
Mary-Kay
Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Terri Jones

One on One
Ida
(Episode - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hip Hop World)
The Cookout
Becky
2008
Flashbacks of a Fool
Ophelia Franklin
2009
Whip It!
Rosa Sparks

Awards and nominations
BET Awards
2001, Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (Winner)
American Music Awards
2003, Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist (Nominated)
NAACP Image Awards
2000, Outstanding New Artist (Winner)
Black Reel Awards
2005, Best Actress (Independent): The Woodsman (Nominated)
Grammy Awards
2003, Best Female Rap Solo Performance: "Satisfaction" (Nominated)
2002, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" w/ Gwen Stefani (Winner)
2002, Best Rap Album: Scorpion (Nominated)
Image Awards
2005, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: "Eve" (Nominated)
2004, Outstanding Music Duo or Group (with Mary J. Blige) (Nominated)
2003, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Barbershop (Nominated)
Lady of Soul Awards
2001, Best Music Video: "Who's That Girl" (Nominated)
2000, Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: "Gotta Man" (Nominated)
2000, Best R&B/Soul Female Solo Album of the Year: Let There Be Light (Nominated)
2000, Best Music Video: "Love Is Blind" (Nominated)
MTV Movie Awards
2003, Best Female Breakthrough Performance: Barbershop (Nominated)
MTV Video Music Awards
2007, Best Choreography: "Tambourine" (Nominee)
2001, Best Female Video: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani (Winner)
2001, Viewer's Choice: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani (Nominated)
2001, Best Hip-Hop Video: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani (Nominated)
2000, Best Rap Video: "Love Is Blind" (Nominated)
MOBO Awards
2001, Best Hip-Hop Act (Nominated)
Soul Train Awards
2000, Best New R&B/Soul or Rap Artist: "Gotta Man" (Nominated)
2000, Best Music Video: "Hot Boyz" with Missy Elliott, Nas, & Lil' Mo (Nominated)

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