AKA Eve Jihan Jeffers
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Paw-tattooed rapper
One of the most prominent female rappers of the 2000s, Eve Jihan Jeffers was born in Philadelphia to teenage parents that had separated by the onset of her teen years. Subsequently raised by her mother and grandmother, she gradually drifted into deliquency and drug trafficking despite having shown a distinct talent for writing. Her pursuit of a music career was initially launched through EDGP, a rap and dance trio she joined while still in school; however, the project only lasted for a handful of performances, and upon its demise she decided instead to pursue a solo career. Using the name Eve of Destruction, she managed to establish a reputation on the local club circuit and through talent contests, but the less constructive aspects of her lifestyle created a barrier to any greater success. After graduating from high school, she began working as a stripper; a distaste for the environment and an encouraging talk with rapper Mase soon gave her the incentive to attempt a full-fledged career as a rap performer.
Having impressed the president of Aftermath Records at an impromptu audition arranged by friends, Eve was sent to LA to record a demo for label founder Dr. Dre, who wasted little time signing her to a one-year contract. One of these demo tracks, Eve of Destruction, eventually found its way into the soundtrack for the political satire Bulworth (1998) -- but, aside from this, nothing else was to materialize as a result of the arrangement. Almost immediately after the expiration of this first contract, Eve was picked by rapper DMX to record for his Philadelphia-based Ruff Ryder Records, and in the following months her voice was featured on several label compilations and remixes. Her 1999 debut effort, Eve: Ruff Ryders First Lady, climbed directly into the number one position in the mainstream charts upon its release, establishing her as a leading name in the hip-hop field at the start of the new millennium.
In 2001 Eve built on the success of her first album with Scorpion, many of the tracks on which featured the production work of Dr. Dre. Contributions were also made from vocalists Teena Marie (on Life Is Hard) and Gwen Stefani (on the popular single Let Me Blow Ya Mind), in addition to the expected appearances by DMX and other Ruff Ryder performers. The 2002 follow-up Eve-Olution moved in a more R&B-oriented direction, and consequently contained a shorter roster of guest rappers. That same year the young rapper caught the acting bug, making her debut in the action film XXX and quickly moving on to the comedy Barbershop; most of her output since has been through acting rather than music. A starring role in the television sitcom Eve materialized in 2003, and three films appearances (The Woodsman, Barbershop 2, and The Cookout) were made in 2004. The inevitable clothing line ("Fetish By Eve") has also been added to her list of endeavors.
Grammy Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (2001) (with Gwen Stefani)
Endorsement of Reebok
Sex Tape Scandal
Driving While Intoxicated arrested (26-Apr-2007)
Inmate: Los Angeles County Jail (26-Apr-2007)
Eve Shelley (2003-06)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Whip It (13-Sep-2009) · Rosa Sparks
Good Hair (18-Jan-2009) · Herself
Flashbacks of a Fool (13-Apr-2008) · Ophelia Franklin
The Cookout (3-Sep-2004)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (20-Jan-2004)
The Woodsman (19-Jan-2004)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (18-Jun-2003) · Herself
xXx (9-Aug-2002) · J.J.
Barbershop (7-Aug-2002) · Terri Jones
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